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A little about Mr. Coach Eli...

Elias “Eli” Casaus was born and raised in the small town of Los Lunas, just south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a graduate of Los Lunas High School and attended New Mexico State University where he studied Exercise Science. Eli graduated with a  Bachelor’s Degree from University of New Mexico in Elementary Education and a Master of Education Degree in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University. Currently he is a doctoral student at Grand Canyon University as a candidate studying Organizational Leadership, K-12 Education. 


Since 2008, Eli has taught Physical Education and General Education in grades 4 through 8 in the states of New Mexico and Arizona as well as served as an elementary principal in Las Cruces and Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Currently, Eli is the Lead Learner and Principal at Marie Hughes Elementary School with Albuquerque Public Schools. In addition to his teaching and leadership work, Mr. Casaus also has a passion for being an education innovator.


On a personal note, Eli has a wide span of interests and spends his time with a large, close-knit family, traveling, being involved at church, watching/playing/coaching sports, and being active and involved in fitness.

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November 2018-Present

Grand Canyon University

Doctoral Student, Organizational Leadership, K-12 Education

April 2015-November 2016

Grand Canyon University

Master of Education Degree, Education Administration



University of New Mexico

Bachelor of Science Degree, Elementary Education

Affiliations: National Society of Collegiate Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Fraternity, Kappa Sigma Fraternity



New Mexico State University

Exercise Science/Elementary Education

Affiliations: College of Education Council, Resident Life, Athletics

Noteable Professional Development Certifications:​ 

  • AddVantage Math (March 2016)

  • AIM4S3 Framework by Dual Language N.M.

  • AVID Elementary Leadership 

  • Certified Kagan Coach (February 2020)

  • Certified Kagan Cooperative Learning Site Trainer (July 2021)

  • Principals Pursuing Excellence - NMTHRIVE

  • Restorative Practices

  • SIOP 

  • Spalding

Kagan Certifications:

  • Kagan Cooperative Learning Certificates:

  • Brain-Friendly Teaching Level I

  • Kagan Coaching

  • Kagan Cooperative Learning Trainer Institute

  • Kagan Cooperative Learning & Mathematics

  • Kagan Cooperative Learning & Writing

  • Kagan Cooperative Learning Days 1-5

  • Kagan Instructional Leadership Academy

  • Kagan Team & Class Building

  • Kagan Win-Win, Discipline


Marie Hughes Elementary School, Albuquerque Public Schools


Past Experience:

Monte Vista Elementary School, Las Cruces Public Schools


Navajo Elementary School, Albuquerque Public Schools


Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School, Albuquerque Public Schools

K-3+ Principal

Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School, Albuquerque Public Schools

Teacher Leader

Administration Intern

5th Grade Teacher

Wherry Elementary School, Albuquerque Public Schools

5th Grade Teacher

Bernalillo Elementary School, Bernalillo Public Schools

4th Grade Teacher

Student Council Sponsor, After School Program Health & Fitness Coach

Rogers Ranch School, Laveen Elementary School District No. 59

7th-8th Grade Teacher/Grade Level Team Lead/Athletic Director

St. Mary's Catholic School

PE Teacher/Athletic Director

Desert View Elementary School, Los Lunas Public Schools

1st/4th/6th Grade​






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