OUR STAFF
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Ms. Tricia

Director of Curriculum & Compliance

Ms. Tricia (she/her) has been involved with St. Mark’s Montessori school since 2015 when her youngest daughter entered Ms. Laura’s early pre-k classroom. Ms. Tricia served many roles at the school; substitute teacher, board member, chair of the school board, Assistant Director and Director of the school.

 

Ms. Tricia grew up in Dickinson, ND and attended the University of North Dakota, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology. She later earned her post- graduate degree in Secondary Education from the University of Hawai’i, where her teaching career began. Because of a teacher shortage on the islands, Ms. Tricia was able to work in grades K-12. Her enthusiasm for Montessori began in Germany, with her oldest child entering a Montessori preschool. Ms. Tricia extended her path in education by working on grants and policy, as a member of the school board of a public Montessori school in Columbia, SC.

 Ms. Tricia and her family are active members of St. Mark’s Episcopal church, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, their children’s schools, and outreach ministries. Ms. Tricia loves to spend time with her family and friends. She also loves to travel, read, try new foods and avoid cooking.

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Ms. Jordyn
Director of Admissions & Communications

Ms. Jordyn (she/they) began her journey with SMMS in 2017 as a parent and continues that role with her youngest child still attending the school. Before becoming our Director of Admissions and Communications, she served as the school’s Assistant Director and Parent Representative to the SMMS School Board.

Ms. Jordyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations, a Master of Business Administration degree, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Prior to motherhood, she worked as a litigation attorney and a qualifying real estate broker, licenses for which she still holds today. 

Ms. Laura
Lead Montessori Guide

Primary Classroom
 

Ms. Laura (she/her) is a keystone of our St. Mark’s Montessori School family. She has been a Montessori teacher for 13 years, both as a Lead Montessori Guide with St. Mark’s Montessori School since its inception in 2013 and as an Assistant Montessori Guide at St. Timothy’s Montessori School from 2008-2013. She was the Lead Guide in our Toddler Classroom for many years before moving to the position of Lead Primary Guide in 2019.

Ms. Laura has a special knack for creating a beautifully prepared Montessori classroom environment and is proudly providing an authentic Montessori experience to our Primary students. When you step into Ms. Laura’s classroom you will likely find a calm and peaceful energy. Her patience and caring nature with the children are remarkable and her students often report that she is quite “funny”.

Ms. Maddie

Assistant Montessori Guide

Primary and Toddler Classrooms

Ms. Maddie (she/her) has successfully held many different positions at SMMS. She began as an Assistant Guide and Aftercare Teacher in our Toddler Classroom in 2019 followed by our Administrative Assistant and Floater Teacher in 2021. She has also served as the Interim Lead Toddler Guide and Summer Program Lead Primary Guide in 2022.

Ms. Maddie is a native New Mexican who attended Montessori school from preschool through middle school, graduating from Albuquerque High School in 2018. In addition to her full time position with our school, Ms. Maddie is also a student at Central New Mexico Community College. She is interested in studying cosmetology and early childhood education. She has the “special something” that the students of every age respond to and is skilled with both the Toddler and Primary students.

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Teacher Zimmy
Assistant Montessori Guide and Aftercare Teacher

Primary Classroom

 

Teacher Zimmy (they/them) joined our St. Mark’s Montessori School family at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year as an Assistant Guide in Ms. Laura’s Primary Classroom, and is also a Primary Aftercare Teacher. They earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Environmental Studies and Comparative American Studies from Oberlin College in Ohio where they also worked as a peer advisor, research fellow, residential assistant, and chair and member of a variety of community and campus organizations.

Teacher Zimmy has a background in preschool settings with children ranging from ages 6 months to 14 years. They are a passionate studio artist and a long-time martial arts instructor, and lead our weekly Movement Enrichment program, teaching karate basics to the students. Teacher Zimmy’s calm demeanor and heartfelt commitment to their students make them a Guide that St. Mark’s Montessori School is proud and lucky to have among its family of staff.

Teacher Alejandra
Assistant Montessori Guide and Aftercare Teacher

Toddler Classroom

 

Teacher Ale (they/them) joined our St. Mark’s Montessori family in 2021 as an Assistant Guide and Aftercare Teacher in our Toddler Classroom. Ale graduated from Bosque School and attended Escuela del Sol Montessori School prior to that. Teacher Ale is a fan favorite of the students who enjoy the laughter and joy in learning that they bring to the classroom and aftercare program.

 

As a native of Albuquerque, Ale brings with them several years of childcare experience, as well as work on a local farm and in a retirement community. They love to create visual art, particularly a mix of collage and acrylic paint and enjoy journaling and exploration.

Ms. Morgan
Montessori Guide & Enrichments Teacher

Ms. Morgan (she/they) is returning to SMMS this year as a Lead Prep and Enrichments Teacher in our 2022 Summer Program. She began with our school in 2020 as an Assistant Montessori Guide in our Primary Program, followed by the Lead Toddler Guide in our 2021 Summer Program. Ms. Morgan has also lead a variety of our Enrichments including music, dance, art and foreign language.

           

Ms. Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in University Studies with focuses in special education and psychology from the University of New Mexico. Students of all age groups are drawn to Ms. Morgan’s natural ability to be present and engage in whatever creative place their little minds might be at any particular moment.

Ms. Perla
Assistant Montessori Guide

Toddler Classroom

Ms. Perla (she/her) joined St. Mark’s Montessori School teaching family in January of 2022 as an Assistant Montessori Guide in our Toddler Program. She comes with experience in a variety of childhood settings including schools and children’s counseling and therapy centers.

           

Ms. Perla is a native of Santa Fe and is highly proficient in her knowledge of early childhood development. She has a special place in her heart for the toddler age-group, including the patience and calmness that allow her students to feel safe and supported to grow and explore while in her care.

           

When not caring for our SMMS Toddlers or her own nieces and nephews, Ms. Perla is working on completing her Bachelor’s degree in Education, which she hopes to use to someday become an English teacher.

Ms. Rainna
Assistant Montessori Guide

Primary Classroom

 

Ms. Rainna (she/her) joined our staff family in January of 2022 as an Assistant Montessori Guide in our Primary Program. Ms. Rainna brings with her several years of experience in schools, including knowledge and experience in Montessori settings. As a natural leader, Ms. Rainna quickly became an Interim Lead Guide in one of our Primary classrooms in the Spring of 2022 and also served as a Lead Teacher in our 2022 Summer Program.

 

Ms. Rainna earned a Bachelor of Sciences in Early Childhood Education and Development from the University of New Mexico. She naturally emanates the Montessori principles of grace and courtesy and her patience with and compassion for her students are obvious.