Wolfe, 71, has spent four years on the front lines of education as a high school teacher in New Jersey and he has used his knowledge of data, administration and management to develop and teach curriculums.
"I'm just committed to education and I've been in education all my life," he said. "Even in data processing, I did a lot of education. I taught computer courses; mainframe, operating system courses. Really technical stuff."
He majored in Education in college with a focus on math and physics before receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation, which allowed him to pursue a master's degree in Mathematics.
His work after teaching in New Jersey saw him traveling the world to run data centers and to hold conferences. His work in the computer industry involved management, the technical side of operations and teaching others how to stay clued in. Part of his management, he said, was managing budgets up to $20 million.
With data always on his mind, his combined experience has led him to keep a watchful eye on statistics tracking the progress of students within DPS, but he says it is difficult to get the entire picture as an outsider.
"From what I've seen, they have not been analyzing (data) correctly, in my opinion," he said. "The trouble is, outsiders are not privy to all the data. I think you'd have to get in and be given the data that
He says as a board member he would not accept excuses for low math and reading test scores and for poor school rankings. He pointed to regular comments from DPS administration regarding the economic condition of many Luna County residents and children as one such excuse.
"There's no person in the county that is in poverty that wants to be there," he said. "Nobody wants to be in poverty and they all want their kids to succeed and they will all try to help their kids succeed."
He says children in poverty do not have any less brain power than other students, just that they might need help to overcome obstacles.
"Forget third grade; I'm talking about each grade level," he said of improving math and reading proficiency. "As a corollary to that, improving the schools' ranking above what they are today. I think each principal should be given an objective to get that done. They have to have the idea that failure is not acceptable."
He is also a supporter of continuing the 2-mil tax levy, which he believes is "badly needed" for school maintenance.
In the past, he has worked as the president for Country Club Estates. Presently he is the vice president of Deming MainStreet, president of the Doña Ana Camera Club and he sits on boards for the Deming Arts Council and Deming-Luna-Mimbres Museum.
He is married with two children.
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