• Aaron Geiskopf

    Music education is for everyone, as all people are naturally musical beings. Music has many different meanings and purposes in everyday life. Musical understanding helps to enrich our musical experiences by allowing us to be active, not passive participants in music. As an educator it is my goal to help students understand and develop musical skills that they can use for their own purposes, throughout their lifetime. I hold a dual bachelors degree in classical guitar performance and music education from the Crane School of Music and a master’s degree in music education from the University of New Mexico. I have been playing guitar since childhood and teaching general music, guitar, and various instruments for the past thirteen years.

    Allyson Granados

    Amanda Tapia

    This is my fourth year at Alice King Community School and I love teaching fourth and fifth graders because of their creativity and enthusiasm. I am so fortunate to teach such an amazing group of students and work with an outstanding group of educators. I earned my degree in Elementary Education from Eastern New Mexico University in 2003. I earned a Master of Pedagogy and Learning with an emphasis in Educational Technology from Eastern New Mexico University and National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2012. I am also honored to receive a 2016 Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award . This is my thirteenth year teaching. I’ve taught kindergarten, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade and math and reading intervention.

    Becky Sanchez

    I am very excited to be the new Special Education Coordinator at Alice King this year. I have a B.S. in Radio/TV/Film from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Special Education with a focus on twice-exceptional learners from UNM. I hold a teaching certificate in Special Education with an endorsement in Gifted Education. I began my teaching career 22 years ago and have taught special, regular, and gifted education programs for 15 years. I have also worked in the steel construction industry and was a stay at home parent to my three children for several years. I am passionate about helping children develop creative problem solving skills and growth mindsets. I look forward to meeting all of you; Please stop by the Special Education office and say hello!

    Bethany Langley

    This school year is my first year as a teacher at Alice King Community School. From everything I have seen, heard and experienced, I really feel that this school is the perfect fit for me. My background in education comes from a Bachelors Degree received in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and a Masters Degree earned from Fort Hays State University in Instructional Technology (a fancy term for incorporating technology into the classroom for a better learning experience and environment). I have only ever worked in middle school aged classrooms and love the students at that age. I have a deep love for math and helping students to achieve what they never thought they could. I am excited to work with students this year and help them to find the love and excitement that I have for both math and learning.

    Chemayne Romero

    Collise LeVan

    I am delighted to join the Alice King community this year as the School Social Worker and Counselor. I have been a Social Worker for over 35 years. I have my B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from U.C. Santa Cruz and my M.S.W. from San Diego State University. I have had a wide range of experience working with children and families including work as a Pediatric Social Worker in several hospitals, as an adoption worker and as an interviewer and coordinator for several research projects. Most recently I was the Social Worker/Counselor for eight years for a mid/high Charter School before coming to AKCS this fall. I am excited about working with a younger age group and to delight with them in their joy of learning. I am married and have 3 grown children. In my free time I love to travel, read, spend time with my family and pets and enjoy the outdoors. I am available to meet with any students or families and look forward to getting to know many of you!

    Drew Sedrel

    As a teacher, I was drawn to Alice King's mission of inclusive education. Since coming here, I have been thrilled with the dedication our staff and parents, and impressed by the work and the kindness of our students. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University and spent my first few years out of college working with children in residential treatment centers, first in Chicago and later in Albuquerque. At UNM, I earned licenses in both Special Education K-12 and Secondary Language Arts and Social Studies, both with Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsements. I also received my MFA from National University in Creative Writing, with an emphasis on Creative Nonfiction and the Pedagogy of Writing. I have spent most of my sixteen years teaching intermediate grades (3rd-5th) but have also taught at Capshaw Middle School in Santa Fe and Grant Middle School here in Albuquerque. I am excited to be a part of developing a dynamic and challenging curriculum for our students, with a team of wonderful teachers, parents and administrators. It is exciting to see Alice King offering true enrichment for all. In my private life, I am a parent of two children, and married to a wonderful first grade teacher. I enjoy all kinds of sports and outdoor activities, and have had a chance to coach both my son and daughter in basketball and soccer.

    Erika Penninger

    I became a part of the Alice King community during the 2014-2015 school year. Prior to joining AKCS I taught at an APS elementary school for 10 years working with grades 3rd-5th, Technology, and Math Intervention. I was born and raised in northern Maine, moving to Albuquerque in 2003. I earned a Bachelors in Biology with a focus in Environmental Education from Southampton College Long Island University and a Masters in Environmental Education from Antioch New England. Before starting my teaching career I enjoyed a diverse work experience within several Informal Learning Institutions: Mystic Aquarium, Nature Center, Connecticut Science Center. Upon moving to Albuquerque I obtained my teacher certification through Career Development Program, a cooperative program between APS and UNM. I added an English as a Second Language endorsement from College of Santa Fe in my first two years of teaching for APS. I am trained in Addvantage math and the balanced literacy framework. Learning is an aspect of our lives that happens at every stage, providing us with infinite possibilities. I am passionate about life long learning and joke that I am a perpetual student. Within my classroom I encourage and base learning activities on cooperation with an emphasis on questioning and hypothesizing. I was drawn to Alice King’s multiage classrooms for the opportunity to be a part of a larger community giving me the ability to build relationships with my colleges, students, and their families.

    Frank Chiki

    Frank Chiki This is my first year at Alice King. I'm very excited to be a part of this fantastic AKCS team and to have Ms. Jasmin as part of our Room 10 team. Education has been my second career after being in the private sector working in different fields, such as advertising, finance and research. I graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis in 2000 with a B.S. in Elementary Education with Highest Distinction. I also hold a Masters in Education Leadership from UNM where I graduated with High Distinction. Throughout my career in education I've substituted, taught grades K-3, been a Special Education Resource Teacher, and served as an Instructional Coach, an Assistant Principal and a Principal. As a firm believer in being a life-long learner, I attend and have presented at national conferences, am a member of professional education organizations—also serving on leadership teams in the past, served on many District level committees/teams and am avid reader of books and social media related to education. My goal and intention is to do my hardest to provide the best education for your student. I see us as a team and look forward to working with you and your student this year to ensure a great educational experience for him or her. Ms. Jasmin My name is Jasmin Garcia and I am thrilled to be a part of the K/1 team this year. This is my fourth year working with children. I am currently pursuing an associates degree at CNM to become a Veterinary Technician. From there I plan on transferring to UNM to graduate as a Biology Major and work with animals. This year I will be volunteering as a docent at the Albuquerque Zoo. I look forward to an exciting school year.

    Holly Tilseth

    I am passionate about the inclusion of children of all abilities and backgrounds and enjoy the supportive and professional community that AKCS provides. This is my fourth year teaching at Alice King and am working with the second and third grade students, supporting the General Education teachers. I received my Bachelor’s degree from UNM with a focus in psychology and communication and my Master’s degree (also from UNM) in Special Education. My husband and I welcomed our beautiful daughter in March and are completely in love. In our free time we like going for walks with our two dogs, drinking coffee or tea, and gardening. I look forward to another year full of learning and collaboration with all stakeholders at AKCS!

    Jeni Pope

    My name is Jeni Pope and I am honored to work with your children! I graduated from UNM and completed my Master's degree in Curriculum and Design. I have been teaching for 15 years, 10 at APS and 5 years as a 2/3 teacher here at AKCS. I am a foster mommy to two amazing toddlers and we have a Boxer named Milo. I work hard to build a classroom and school community where students feel safe, confident and excited about learning.

    Jessica Shepherd

    Jordan Russell

    Hi! My name is Jordan Russell. Previously at AKCS, I was a K/1 teacher and am now the PHYSICAL EDUCATION teacher! As you can see by the capital letters, I am beyond excited for this new journey. I graduated from UNM where I also played volleyball for four years. I have played multiple sports and coached all ages in volleyball! I am excited to instill the positive effects of physical education and health in your children! As far as me, I am from a small town. I was raised on a ranch with my parents and three older sisters. I love to be outside, play sports, and be with family. I hope you all are as excited as me, it is going to be a very exciting year!

    Kathleen Weinbrecht

    I am excited about this school year with adding the 6th and 7th graders and getting a new school. I am going to be the Technology Teacher at AKCS, but for now with the addition of the new upper grades, I will be there teaching PE, Technology, and some Art. We are also doing some coding at the Upper Grades School with Exploratory Classes along with working on our keyboarding skills. This is my third year at AKCS and the past two years, I have been the Technology and PE teacher. I have enjoyed teaching the students. My passions are: teaching (whether it is kids, dogs, or horses), horses (training and riding), Jane Austen Movies, traveling, gardening, crafts, stain glass, and helping others. I am always looking for parents that have a skill that they would love to teach our students at AKCS, may it be: any sport, yoga, dance, running, track, etc. Let me know if you would like to volunteer to teach a skill to our students.

    Kelly Powers

    Meeting individual needs while providing efficient support and challenging every learner at their level is the foundation of the multiage philosophy. I strive to meet this philosophy and to build a safe, caring, and consistent environment where students feel that they can advocate for themselves and others and also work together to problem solve. I have a Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters in Education from the University of New Mexico. This will be my thirteenth year of teaching. My wonderful husband and I have two beautiful sons, Oliver and Bowen.

    Kelsey Anderson

    This will be my 10th year teaching at AKCS. I graduated from New Mexico Highlands with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in history. I have a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading. I also had a volleyball scholarship and played as a middle blocker. I love the philosophy and project based learning that happens at AKCS. I also enjoy the multi-age classroom because it is amazing to see students grow and learn for 2 years. I truly love teaching and strive everyday to meet the individual needs of all my students. I also continue to play and coach volleyball. On many weekends, you will find me playing sand doubles! My other passion is traveling. This is a picture of me in Capri,Italy. I have also traveled to Australia, Egypt, Costa Rica, Italy, Russia, Tanzania, and Peru! I have 2 great EA's this year! Mrs. Jen Perez: This will be her 4th year as an EA at AKCS. Prior to that she stayed home to raise her 2 beautiful girls. Her daughters are also students here and she feels blessed to be part of this amazing community for a total of 7 years. She also enjoys traveling with my friends and family.

    Laura Brown

    Hi, I’m Laura Brown, I work with Ms. Kristi in our 4/5 inclusion classroom. I am a mother of 6 children and in one way or another (Parent, Teacher, Educational Assistant or Daycare Provider) I have been with Alice King Community School since it began 10 years ago. I love Alice King’s small school, inclusive environment. I also enjoy the focus on community that is fostered at AKCS while being dedicated to educational excellence. This is my 5th year as a teacher. I graduated from NMSU in 2001 with a dual degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. I then taught Special Education for a year in Las Cruces, eventually our family moved to Albuquerque and I was blessed to be able to stay at home with my children until I began teaching again. I love being a teacher (and a parent) at AKCS with all of these wonderful students, teachers, administration and staff!

    Laura Jespen

    Lyanne Silva

    Hello, I’m Ms. Lyanne and this is my 5th year at Alice King Community School. I am so excited to be part of your student's growth and development this year! I was born into a family of educators who instilled in me the love of learning. I received both my Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from the University of New Mexico. I am dual licensed in Elementary Education and Special Education. I am also a member of the Student Assistance Team (SAT) at Alice King. I strive to create an open and welcoming classroom environment so that every child is able to grow during their time in 2/3. I have a wonderful and supportive family. We enjoy spending time outdoors....hiking, camping, fishing, and bicycling along the Paseo del Bosque Trail. I absolutely LOVE baking, reading, and making puzzles! I am very excited to partner with you this year to ensure your child's academic success!

    Mary Kay Ready

    This is my ninth year of teaching K-1 at Alice King Community School. I have taught for over 25 years. My previous experience has been in grades Pre-K through 2nd. I graduated from Lamar University and received my masters degree from UNM. My areas of specialization are early childhood and reading, and I have been trained in Reading Recovery. I love working with young children and teaching at AKCS. This school has a great philosophy: it allows us to take our students beyond programmed curriculum and treat each child as an individual. We have an academically strong program with a gentle, nurturing climate. I love the energy and excitement that these little ones bring to us each day. My assistant is Ms. Angela Beauchamp. She is a certified teacher with experience in first grade and she has subbed here at Alice King many times. I am truly delighted to have her with us. We are excited and happy to welcome our new little kinders for their first year of school and to welcome back our wonderful first graders!

    Meisha Sedrel

    Michelle Gonzalez

    This is my 19th year teaching and I have been at Alice King Community School since the 2014-2015 school year. Prior to that, I was teaching in APS schools in ESL classrooms grades K-3rd grade and was also a Reading and Math interventionist. I graduated from the University of New Mexico with my Bachelor and Masters degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in ESL.

    Robyn Mass

    It feels so good to be back at AKCS! I have missed the amazing families, students, and staff. I am honored to be able to share my passion and craft for teaching with this dynamic community, once again. I consider myself a life-long learner and have been blessed with many incredible opportunities along the way. I have been teaching for 18 years and have two teaching licenses- one in elementary education and the other in special education. I have a National Board Certification in Literacy-Reading/Language Arts: Early-Middle Childhood, a TESOL endorsement, and a dyslexia teacher certification. I am currently enrolled in the UNM Educational Diagnostician program, as well. I am a loving teacher whose excellent classroom management skills allow me to provide the structure and routines needed for student success and growth. I am able to meet the needs of all learners easily, relying on my extensive experience to provide differentiated instruction and/or student response. I am passionate about offering real-world applications to students and believe in providing ample opportunities for project-based activities and collaborative learning groups. I work closely with parents and colleagues to ensure the success of all students and promote positive feelings toward school.

    Sammy Johnston

    This is my fifth year teaching K/1 at Alice King Community School and I am extremely excited to be a part of your child's education! I had the honor of doing my student teaching internship with AKCS, as well, and am truly grateful for a wonderful place to foster my love for children, helping to mold young minds and constantly meeting the needs of every student that walks in our door. I have a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, both from the University of New Mexico. Outside of school, I am an avid sports fan, I love to travel and spend time with loved ones. We look forward to a wonderful year together, working with our ever growing students. Our EA this year is Leah Hoecker West. This is her first year with Alice King. When she is not with our wonderful students she is with her own three amazing kids (and three crazy dogs and one funny cat). She loves to read and knit, and go hiking when she gets the chance.

    Shayna Lazar

    My name is Shayna Lazar and I am excited to be here at Alice King. I was born and raised here in Albuquerque. I have my Bachelors and Masters degrees both from the University of New Mexico’s College of Education. Prior to being at Alice King, I taught fourth and fifth grades in APS. I am looking forward to working with each child in reaching his or her full potential as a learner.

    Tara Bishop

    I am very blessed to be a part of the extraordinary Alice King community of dedicated teachers. I began my teaching practice in 1987. I have a BA in art education and a Master’s degree in elementary education from the University of New Mexico. I have taught numerous grade levels and designed and implemented art programs for children at a number of elementary schools, the City of Albuquerque, the Exlplora Children’s Museum, and the Children’s Art Studio. As your child’s visual arts teacher, I will acknowledge, nurture, and guide his or her interests and talents in the visual arts. I hope to instill a love for the arts that will last a lifetime.

    Tonya Newton

    Valerie Apodaca

    Hello, my name is Valerie Apodaca (Ms. Val) and this is my 11th school year at Alice King Community School. While at Alice King, I have taught grades K-3. I love the challenge that teaching brings me each school year. At Alice King, we have the opportunity to create our own curriculum to fit the needs of our students. This means that I can be creative in the ways that I teach children. I enjoy keeping up to date on the latest educational research and strategies and frequently incorporate them into my teaching. Having a strong, meaningful curriculum is an important factor in the success of every child; however, before children can begin to learn they need to feel safe and secure. They need to be in a comfortable learning environment. I strive to create a classroom environment that is calm, nurturing, respectful and thoughtful. I enjoy teaching children how to work together and how to solve problems when they do arise. I enjoy teaching life skills that they will use for years to come as they journey through school. Thank you for choosing Alice King to send your children to. I am tremendously looking forward to working with your child! On a personal note...I have been married for 8 years to a wonderful man named Julian. We have three beautiful children who always keep us on our toes - Ayzlinn (1 year), Andres (2 years) and Angelo (4 years). Some things I enjoy doing in my spare time are; fishing, camping, crafts, watching movies, cooking, home projects and traveling.