Staff

Director of Education Coalitions
Edwin Aybar
eaybar@oaknm.org

Edwin Aybar became the Director of Education Coalitions for the Rio Grande Foundation in 2021. Prior to joining the foundation he worked for the Libre Initiative and taught music at New Mexico Highlands University, the University of Jamestown, and at several community colleges. Before earning his Doctorate in Music from NDSU, Edwin earned a Masters degree in music history from USD and another Masters in piano performance from Southern Illinois University. His undergraduate degree was done at the Wheaton conservatory of music in Chicago. Besides his work in academia, Edwin has owned a dance studio in Fargo, ND that has continued strong since his departure, as well as owned a small real estate company focusing on apartment rentals.

Edwin’s family moved to the U.S. mainland from Puerto Rico when he was 10 years of age. He grew up in a rural town of Minnesota where he still has ties, although his immediate family all live in Minneapolis. He met his wife in North Dakota before moving to New Mexico where they live with their children. They love swimming, keeping in touch with family, movies, and dancing. Edwin continues to teach music and dance through different homeschooling groups in Albuquerque.


Adjunct Scholar
Tara Beam
tbeam@oaknm.org

Tara Beam is a native New Mexican who is passionate about healing our state and country through education reform. Her drive for political and education reform is grounded in a deep love for Jesus and a firm conviction that to secure our liberty Americans must return to our founding principles. She believes strongly that opening American classical charter schools and supporting homeschooling families are important parts of that mission. 

A graduate of Hillsdale College, Tara began her relationship with the Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative in 2011 when she helped found the Estancia Valley Classical Academy (EVCA) in Moriarty. Tara taught history and civics at EVCA for two years before returning to Hillsdale for graduate school where she earned an M.A. in Politics. Her graduate coursework focused on political theory, American Constitutionalism, and education. Her thesis – “A Critical Analysis of the Moral and Political Education of Common Core in Light of the American Founding,” – highlights her firm opposition to Common Core and progressive education generally. 

Tara also developed model syllabi and compiled course materials for the history and civics portions of BCSI’s academic program. She currently lives in Rio Rancho with her husband, three-year-old son, and baby boy number two due any day now. As a stay-at-home mom, Tara enjoys supporting new BCSI schools and teaching America’s founding principles to civic and church groups. She is currently supporting a team founding a BCSI school in Rio Rancho with an intended opening in the fall of 2023.