NMACTE Names Jim Graebner Educator of the Year

July 10, 2014 -- Jim Graebner, head of CNM’s Film Technician Program, has been named 2014 Educator of the Year by the New Mexico Association of Career and Technical Education (NMACTE).
NMACTE Names Jim Graebner Educator of the Year

Jul 17, 2015

The award was announced during the organization’s annual conference in Ruidoso in June.

“I was so surprised,” Graebner said. “Joe (Joe Schaub, Applied Technologies achievement coach) kept telling me that he wanted to sit up front at the banquet so he could hear the keynote speaker. I said ‘OK,’ not knowing his real reason.”

NMACT, an affiliate of the national Association for Career and Technical Education, is dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares students for careers in CTE fields. It represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administration, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education.

Graebner has been an instructor in the Film Technician program at CNM for nine years. He’s

written plays that have been produced in Albuquerque, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and around the globe. He’s written, directed, acted and produced movies, as well as worked on movies as a casting director, talent agent and part of a crew.

“Movies aren’t spare time, they’re my life,” he says. “And, yes, I work on them when I’m not sleeping.”

He went to high school in Los Alamos and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico.

Graebner considers teaching film crew training a very import job because of the large numbers of movies being made in Albuquerque and the economic impact they have on the region.

“There just aren’t enough people here to satisfy the need for film crew members,” he said. “I’m helping to fill that void.”