Dulce Elementary School

About Us


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Mr. Robert Cooke


Danzho!!!  Bob Cooke shiizhii.  I am the current principal at Dulce Elementary School; however, over the last 23 years I have held several positions at the DIS schools as well as with the Jicarilla Higher Education Department.  I graduated from Highland High School in Albuquerque a long time ago. 

I then went to University of New Mexico and received a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Spanish, then a Master’s degree in Linguistics.  Thereafter, I went to Albuquerque T-VI and received a certificate and an Associate’s degree in Instrumentation and Control. 

Of course, to become a principal, I had to complete an Educational Specialist certification in Education Leadership. 

Remember: Specialists learn more and more about less and less until they everything about nothing.  But generalists, like me, learn less and less about more and more until they know nothing about everything.—perhaps Nicholas Butler


Cherry Ferrer Malaque

Assistant Principal
Dulce, New Mexico

Teaching is the call of the heart. A serious adage I realized because I stayed in this profession up until now and am determined to stay on and on….

I started in Dulce Independent Schools District in 2021 as Reading Specialist. I am one of the Young Warriors Student Council advisors up until now. This year, a promising challenge is given to me as Assistant Principal in Dulce Elementary School.

I finished Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management and Special Education (BENEMERITUS), Master of Arts in English (SUMMA CUM LAUDE) and Bachelor in Secondary Education in the Philippines.

I have a Level Three-B Administrator License from the State of Mexico and three other licenses with Reading and TESOL endorsements.

I was an Assistant Professor 4 in the University of the Philippines Professional Studies, teaching master’s students and Coordinator of two departments: Gender and Development and the Office of the Anti-Sexual Harassment. I taught elementary, high school and college students in various schools and departments of state colleges and universities both in private and public sectors in education. I served international students through the international linkages with students from Japan (Otemae University and Ichikawa Prefecture High School ), South Korea (Kyungin Women’s College), and other Asian countries.

I garnered recognition in international conventions and conferences through research and development, community engagements and extension services. To name a few:

  • Outstanding Research Presenter in the 5th International Teacher Education Student Conference Research title: “ Dynamic Multi-lingual Strategy in Teaching Literature to Indigenous People”

  • Best Presenter and People’s Choice Awardee, 2nd International Research Conference on Teacher Education and Indigenous Peoples Education, Research title: “ Enhancing Language Competence of Indigenous People Through Conceptualization and Development of Multi-lingual Illustrated Dictionary.” 

  • Presenter, Japan in the World, The World in Japan, Shukugawa Campus, Japan

  • Presenter, MELTA- Malaysia English Language Teaching Association, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I had published collaborative journals with professors from University of the Philippines

Research Titles:

-“ Training teachers to develop interactive multimedia ESL courseware to ASEAN community and Sustainable Development”

- “Developing reciprocity, intercultural competence, and content learning through international service learning” 

- Needs Assessment of the Graduate School of University of Bohol 

-featured in KOAT Action News 7 in May 6, 2020 with news title: “ Special Education Teacher gives students “Super Surprise”

But with all my academic achievements, I greatly treasure being a servant to others through the HOPE Channel Philippines. I was a volunteer newscaster while my daughter Chine Britney Malaque who is currently working on her Nursing and Prelaw was a volunteer script writer and my son, Chino Svendborg Malaque who is also taking up Nursing was a cameraman. While my husband, Lino Malaque works back and forth the Philippines and USA as a chief mate in international cargo vessels, the family learned to stand strong amidst various challenges.

I believe that for education to be valuable, it should not only improve the mind but greatly … transforms the heart…


Maraming Salamat!

Thank you very much!

Bell Schedule

Morning Bell 7:55

Tardy Bell 8:05

Kindergarten-2nd Grade Lunch 11:00-12:00

3rd Grade-5th Grade Lunch 12:00-1:00

Dismissal Bell 3:30


Dulce Elementary School will educate, nurture, and strengthen all our children to be productive, contributing members of society.


We at Dulce Elementary School are here to educate, nurture, and provide a safe learning environment for our students, to instill a love of learning while producing life-long learners. We will set high expectations while developing student potential in today's changing world. Our students will be well informed contributing members of society.


Putting our future first