Administration and Staff

Principal, Mark Forman

Mark is entering his 12th year of service in K-12 public education. He is a Teach for America alum and spent the first three years of his career teaching ELA to 7th- and 8th-graders at an all boys charter school in inner city Wilmington, DE, leading his students to exemplary achievement each year. He next served for one year as a middle school assistant principal for a high-performing International Baccalaureate (IB) charter school network in the Dallas-Ft. Worth region before becoming a founding high school principal within the same network, where he served for four years and led the school to an "A" rating from the state. Mark next transitioned to a high school principal role at a high-performing charter network in New York City.


Mark was drawn to New Mexico when he learned about the high need for quality educational support in the state and is now entering his third year here. He has supported elementary and middle schools in a number of roles in the state over the past two years, most recently as the principal at Carlos F. Vigil Middle School in Espanola.


Knowing how much Cottonwood Valley Charter School values high educational outcomes, global mindedness, and a well-rounded approach to supporting children, Mark was thrilled to learn of the administrator opening and is looking forward to working with the outstanding team here at CVCS to build upon their fantastic work so far!


Mark is a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A. English, B.S. Psychology, Master in Teaching) and Wilmington University (M. Ed. School Leadership). Outside of work, Mark enjoys traveling (he can proudly affirm that he's been to all 50 states), hiking, running, reading literature, spending time with family and friends, and experiencing the intense emotional ups and downs that come with being a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.


Business Manager, Mary Cox

Business Manager, Mary Cox, keeps CVCS in good standing with the state, year after year. Beginning in 2002, Ms. Cox's 35 years of accounting skills in public accounting and non-profit organization have been an integral part of the school's success. Ms. Cox is a NM native and she earned her degree in Mathematics from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

Adminstrative Assistant/Librarian, Maggie Olguin

Maggie grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio and is forever a Cleveland sports fan! She graduated with a B.S. in Human Ecology from The Ohio State University in 2007. She moved to her husband's hometown of Socorro in 2010. Maggie joined Cottonwood Valley full time in August 2016. She is currently working on her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western New Mexico University.

Outside of work, you can find Maggie and her family having fun outdoors!

Custodian, Rocio Gonzales

Rocio has been a part of the Cottonwood Valley family since 2009. She loves traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Maintenance, Lance Johnson

Maintenance man, Lance Johnston, joined us in 2016.

Nurse, Stephanie O'Toole

Stephanie is a Socorro native who returned to her hometown after meeting her husband and earning a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico. She taught first grade for 6 years before returning to school. In 2017, she earned a BSN from UNM College of Nursing. She is currently a nurse in the ER and Med/Surg at Socorro General Hospital. She also has 2 boys, Jaxon and Mason, that keep her busy!