Faculty and Staff


Staff


Cristina González is a practicing artist, educator and administrator with over twenty years of commitment to individual and community empowerment through creative public programs. Her work is in the collections of the Carlsbad Museum of Art, the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, the New Mexico Capitol Art Foundation, the City of Santa Fe, the State of New Mexico, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, among others.  She received her B.A. from Yale and her M.F.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle.                   My name is Lailah Manzanares and I am the Music and Arts Education Secretary for the SFPS District. In addition to being a full time District employee, I am also a full time student and senior at the University of New Mexico, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I hope to one day find a career in law enforcement or to continue my work with the Santa Fe Public Schools as a counselor or social worker.                           Roni Rohr is a National Board Certified art teacher at El Dorado Community School and serves as the SFPS Visual Arts Mentor. A professional designer and artist, Roni is passionate about collaboration, social justice, and advocacy through the arts working with New Mexico Museums, Meow Wolf, and others as an educational consultant. She presents locally and nationally on topics of TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) Choice based education, Design Thinking, and Creating Community. Roni is a 2016 NM Golden Apple Fellow, the 2015 NM Middle School Art Educator of the Year, and the 2011 NM Art Educator of the Year.

        Cristina González SFPS                                Lailah Manzanares                                                                     Roni Rohr 

           Arts Coordinator                                Music & Arts Education Secretary                                              Teacher Mentor 

   

 

Teachers

Kathryn Hees has worked for Santa Fe Public Schools as an art teacher at Carlos Gilbert and Acequia Madre Elementary Schools since 2005.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of California, Berkeley in Art History and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena in Graphics/Packaging.  Upon completion of her degrees, Kathryn worked in Environmental Design in Los Angeles before moving to Santa Fe.                    Kim-Jimi Leonard is a life-long artist and learner in her 21st year of teaching in Santa Fe, both in private and public programs and schools. She is currently teaching art at Amy Biehl Community School, starting there when the school opened in 2010. Her passion is choice-based art education and social justice in art. Kim-Jimi graduated with honors from College of Santa Fe, earning her BFA in Fine Arts with a minor in English and also graduated with honors from Kutztown University, earning her Masters of Education. She is certified Pre-K-12 with endorsements in Visual Arts, Language Arts, and TESOL.                      Alicia Hess

Acequia Madre Elementary - Katy Hees      Amy Biehl Community School - Kim-Jimi Leonard    Aspen Community School - Alicia Hees

  Missing Photo                          My name is Cassandra Romero. I am an art teacher at Atalaya Elementary. I was born and raised in Santa Fe and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Eastern New Mexico University in 2-Dimensional Design. I currently teach Pre-K through 6th grade and also have a Special Education License. In addition to elementary I have also taught Photography and Design at the College of Eastern Utah and was the Artist in Residence for the Soren Foundation.                        Melody Fernandez is an artist and educator from the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. She has taught kindergarten through college in a variety of mediums and is in her third year of teaching in New Mexico. Prior to her work as an educator, she assisted artists such as Mark Grotjahn and Gilles Peress, and was also working in after-school arts enrichment programs in the Los Angeles area. She received her B.A. from Hunter College in New York City, with a concentration in photography and video art, and is currently finishing up the Alternative Teaching Licensure program at CNM.
 Aspen Community School - Alida Tustison           Atalaya Elementary - Cassandra Romero         Capital High School - Melody Fernandez 
           

   Melissa Smith is an artist and art educator who has taught Kindergarten through college for 22 years, the last five in Santa Fe at Capital High School.  She currently teaches Intro to Art and Advanced Art.  Melissa holds both a NM Level III Teaching license and a NM Level III Administrator license. Prior to coming to NM she was Director of an Art high school in Connecticut.  Melissa earned her B.F.A. in painting from The Ohio State University and her M. Ed from Bank Street Graduate School of Education/Parsons School of Design in New York, NY.                    Kristy Filbin has been with the district for 11 years, 10 of those years teaching P.E. at Carlos Gilbert Elementary School. 2019-2020 will be her first year teaching art at Carlos Gilbert, one day per week. She has a minor in Fine Arts from the Pacific NW College of Art in Portland Oregon and welcomes the opportunity to explore the world of art with her students.                         Kathryn Hees has worked for Santa Fe Public Schools as an art teacher at Carlos Gilbert and Acequia Madre Elementary Schools since 2005.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of California, Berkeley in Art History and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena in Graphics/Packaging.  Upon completion of her degrees, Kathryn worked in Environmental Design in Los Angeles before moving to Santa Fe.
 Capital High School - Melissa Smith                     
Carlos Gilbert Elementary - Kristy Filbin                Carlos Gilbert - Katy Hees

My name is Matt Redington. I am an art teacher for Cesar Chavez Elementary and a practicing artist/ painter. I am a Level 3 with 14 years teaching experience. I was born in Albuquerque, but grew up in Western New York before returning to New Mexico for college. I received a BA from the College of Santa Fe in Visual Arts as well as an MA in Education. I have exhibited in Santa Fe and Las Cruces. I’ve taken Spanish classes at Santa Fe Community College and participated in an immersion program in Mexico through Highlands University.                    Chris Lawrence is a National Board Certified art teacher with eleven years of experience teaching ART to K-12 grade students. He is teaching for the Santa Fe Public Schools at Piñon and Chaparral Elementary Schools. Lawrence earned his Bachelor of Art in Art Education and teaching credentials from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 and is currently enrolled in the University of New Mexico Masters in Art Education program. Lawrence also holds a career technical license and was a professional chef for fifteen years; he is also an outdoor enthusiast and advocate while earning his Eagle Scout in 1990.                         I am a dyslexic Navajo filmmaker who arrived to the field of childhood education through an interest in children’s films, which I continue to create. I first visited Santa Fe in 2005 for an IAIA scholarship, then again in 2013 for an SAR artist residency, and I am now thrilled to be working in our public schools. I have an M.A. from the University of Maryland and a B.A. from Fort Lewis College. My classroom approach is to create a safe and fun and challenging environment to facilitate individual and team experimentation, problem-solving, perseverance, and achievement.

 Matt Redington-Cesar Chavez Elementary              Chris Lawrence- Chaparral Elementary            Melissa Henry- E.J. Martinez Elementary

  Missing photo                  Carol Schrader believes in the transformative power of art on a personal and societal level. She holds an AFA in Studio Arts and MA in Multicultural Education, UNM, and a BA in Government, Harvard. She taught at Santa Fe Community College and served as Director of Academic Outreach.  Other past roles include Managing Director, Wise Fool NM (circus arts), appointee to Santa Fe Immigrant Task Force, volunteer with Latin American artist cooperatives, and staff of US Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Arts Education brings together her passion for creating community and social justice.                         John St. Peter

El Camino Real Academy -                               El Camino Real Academy- Carol Schrader         El Camino Real Academy- John St. Peter
Amber Paz-Csibi 

Stephanie Morris has taught K-8 Art for 13 years with SFPS, currently at El Dorado Community School and the Summer Arts Camp. She has also taught workshops for the NMAEA covering Teaching for Artistic Behavior and Women in the Arts. She is an accomplished pastry chef and for 5 years helped grow Cooking with Kids. Ms. Morris has a BFA from Antioch College. Additional studies include the College of Arts and Crafts in California, Northern New Mexico College, Kutztown University and graduate work at the College of Santa Fe. She is a practicing artist working in fiber and book arts.                     Kelly Rider                        Roni Rohr is a National Board Certified art teacher at El Dorado Community School and serves as the SFPS Visual Arts Mentor. A professional designer and artist, Roni is passionate about collaboration, social justice, and advocacy through the arts working with New Mexico Museums, Meow Wolf, and others as an educational consultant. She presents locally and nationally on topics of TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) Choice based education, Design Thinking, and Creating Community. Roni is a 2016 NM Golden Apple Fellow, the 2015 NM Middle School Art Educator of the Year, and the 2011 NM Art Educator of the Year.

El Dorado Community School -                                       El Dorado Community School-                          El Dorado Community School- 
 
Stephanie Morris                                                             Kelly Rider                                                             Roni Rohr

                                                            
Amy Birkan (BEER-kahn) has taught art at Gonzales Community School for 11 years. Before that she taught at Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences.  Originally from New York she worked as a graphic designer for Interview Magazine, DC Comics, and HarperCollins. She has a Bachelors in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters in Art Education from Boston University. Her passion is teaching for artistic behavior (TAB) where students work at Centers of their choice and build confidence as artists. Her newest centers, 3D printing and woodworking, were added with grants from Partners in Education.                     Lori Goetz teaches art at Gonzales Community School.  She began teaching in New York State and moved to Santa Fe to pursue a degree in Art Therapy and Counseling at Southwestern College.  As a counselor she worked with students in rural areas of New Mexico, eventually returning to Santa Fe and teaching art. Upon returning to the classroom Lori was introduced to Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) and found the perfect fit for her interest in art education and student social/emotional growth.                       Madeline Harris

Gonzales Community School - Amy Birkan      Gonzales Community School -Lori Goetz               Kearny Elementary - Madeline Harris

Susanna Mireles-Mankus                     Kelly Rider                        I have spent most of my life as a professional photojournalist. I began my teaching career at the Taos Integrated School of the Arts where I was the Art Curriculum Coordinator and teacher. I obtained my BFA from Parsons in NYC and my MFA from UNM. Having lived in Taos for the past 20 years I am passionate about NM youth. Respecting cultural backgrounds, embracing and honoring their artistic traditions is a priority. I believe in encouraging growth through relevant STEAM projects and community based art projects. Through art, voices that have been silenced can now be heard.

Mandela International Magnet School-               Mandela International Magnet School-Kelly Rider      Milagro Middle School - Megan Avina
Susanna Mireles-Mankus                   

Jocelle Bautista                       A professional artist, Master printer and painter, art educator and Union activist. Graduate of Parsons School of Design and the University of Pennsylvania. Much of my work is mixed media on paper that synthesizes abstract elements from life and nature. Originally from New York, I moved to New Mexico over 20 years ago and stayed for the exquisite landscape, ridiculous sky and champagne air and of course the green chili.                         Missing photo
Milagro Middle School -
Jocelle Bautista                 Milagro Middle School-Grace Mayer                
Nava Elementary School - Shakti Kroopkin


Stephanie Holladay                      Nadine Porter-Field Gurule                         William Johnson is an art teacher at Ortiz Middle School.  He has taught for 15 years as an art educator from grades K-12.  He currently teaches grades 6 through 8.  Bill created new art programs at two small school districts in Arizona before moving to Santa Fe.  He received a BA in Art and Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Masters Degree in Education from The University of Phoenix.  Bill is also a working artist and has had art openings at galleries in Prescott, Arizona and in Santa Fe.

Nina Otero Comm. School-                                          Nina Otero Comm. School -                            Ortiz Middle School-Bill Johnson 
Stephanie Holladay                                                        Nadine Porterfield-Gurule                            
   

 Kimberly Smock is the newest addition to Visual Arts at Ortiz MS. She earned a Bachelors in Art Education under the direction of Dr. George Szekely at the University of Kentucky. She also earned a Bachelors in Art Studio with a focus in Printmaking, Performance and Ceramics. During her University years, she designed and led a workshop series called “Art M(you)SEEum Experience” in which youth created artwork inside the museum as active participants. Her pedagogy is a combination of Play Based, Choice Based and Experimental art education with a predominant focus on student voice and individual expression.                      Chris Lawrence is a National Board Certified art teacher with eleven years of experience teaching ART to K-12 grade students. He is teaching for the Santa Fe Public Schools at Piñon and Chaparral Elementary Schools. Lawrence earned his Bachelor of Art in Art Education and teaching credentials from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 and is currently enrolled in the University of New Mexico Masters in Art Education program. Lawrence also holds a career technical license and was a professional chef for fifteen years; he is also an outdoor enthusiast and advocate while earning his Eagle Scout in 1990.                        My name is Phyllis Roybal. I am an art teacher for Piñon Elementary School and Santa Fe Public Schools. I am a native of Santa Fe. I graduated from Santa Fe High School as did my parents. My Grandmother is related to Nicholas Ortiz. She was the head housekeeper for La Fonda from 1949-1970s. The high school gymnasium is named after my uncle Toby. I earned a BFA from New Mexico Highlands University and MFA from Boston University. I am a past president of the New Mexico Art Education Association and have been a volunteer for the Folk Art Market.                  
Ortiz Middle School-Kimberly Smock                    Piñon Elementary - Chris Lawrence                          Pinon Elementary-Phyllis Roybal

I am a dyslexic Navajo filmmaker who arrived to the field of childhood education through an interest in children’s films, which I continue to create. I first visited Santa Fe in 2005 for an IAIA scholarship, then again in 2013 for an SAR artist residency, and I am now thrilled to be working in our public schools. I have an M.A. from the University of Maryland and a B.A. from Fort Lewis College. My classroom approach is to create a safe and fun and challenging environment to facilitate individual and team experimentation, problem-solving, perseverance, and achievement.                      Elaine Kidd                        Anna Gibson

 Melissa Henry- Ramirez Thomas Elementary   Elaine Kidd-Ramirez Thomas Elementary                 Anna Gibson- Salazar Elementary

Missing photo                   Sarah Gilman                         Heidi Long

Santa Fe High School - Lori Andrews                  Santa Fe High School-Sarah Gilman                    Santa Fe High School-Heidi Long

  Missing Photo                  My name is Lisa Moyer. I am an art teacher at Tesuque Elementary School. I am a Level 2 teacher with 10.5 years of teaching experience. I have lived in New Mexico for twenty years.  I earned a BA from Eastern New Mexico University and an MA in Curriculum & Instruction Arts Integration from Lesley University. I am passionate about Multicultural Education, Visual Art, Improv, Dance and Social Justice. As a mother of a child with special needs, I am also and advocate for Special Education.                         Mary Olson has taught visual art with the SFPS for the past seventeen years at Wood Gormley Elementary. Children and the arts are her passion. Bringing together artists, museums, galleries and students is her greatest strength. Clay is her medium and she has a working ceramic studio at home. Best start to a life-long career in arts education began at the Colorado Spring Fine Arts Centers’ Bemis Art School for Children after graduating from The Colorado College (1982). Mary earned her Master’s in Experiential Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder along with her K-12 ART certification.

Sweeney Elementary - Lisa Rubin                   Tesuque Elementary - Lisa Moyer                         Wood Gormley Elementary - Mary Olson 

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