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Education, Honors & Awards
New Mexico State University; University of West Georgia; James Madison University; New Mexico State University
Master in Music, Music Education, Music Education;· Ethnomusicology (Latin America) - New Mexico State University, 1998 – 2003; Master Music Education Candidate, Conducting · Music Education - University of West Georgia, 1996 – 1998; Masters Sacred Music Candidate, Sacred Music · Organ - James Madison University, 1994 – 1995; Bachelor of Music Education, Organ, Voice, Music Education - New Mexico State University, 1989 – 1993
Alumni of New Mexico State University; Alumni of New Mexico State; Community Texas Music Educators Association; Texas Mariachi Educators Association; Texas Community College Teachers Association; American Federation of Teachers and Support Personnel; Legal Shield (Affiliates); Gamma Beta Phi; Phi Delta Kappa; Who's Who in Music; Southwest Super Trucks Association; National Alliance of Mental Illness Nami Walks Participant
Anji Morgan-Thornton is an Adjunct Professor at El Paso Community College. She teaches Mariachi Ensemble for three hours once a week. Her early college courses also include chamber choir, concert choir and mariachi, as well as piano for 35 students. Anji plays various keyboard and armonia instruments which includes guitarron, bihuela, and guitar. Her students perform for diverse audiences, local city parades, and showcases for the community and state conferences, including at the International Mariachi Conference of New Mexico. Anji is also a professional race car driver and owner of Anji Thornton 51 Racing. She is currently in the middle of preparing for the Arco Trust Series. Upon relocating to the Southwest in 2001, Anji and her late husband founded a professional car racing team. They raced on dirt and asphalt tracks in New Mexico and West Texas. In her rookie season, Anji was interviewed by the El Paso Times in an article about female race car drivers. Since his untimely passing in 2008, she has re-built the team and continued to successfully carry on their vision, finishing in the top 10 for the past 3 seasons. Anji was also instrumental as webinar speaker in the ratification of taxes in the El Paso Community of Canutillo in Texas. Both her and the Superintendent of the school were able to get 60 of her students to vote and work together to set budget goals, helping sustain jobs, while continuing to improve the education standards. Anji attributes much of her success to God, believing in the importance of putting him first and remaining thankful for the guidance he has provided in her life. She believes it is important to maintain a balance and focus in setting reasonable goals and limits.