CVCS Teachers

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Kindergarten Teacher, Jill Abraham

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Jill grew up in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. She originally moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1989. She met her husband, Wayne, and had a son, Jordan, while in Albuquerque. Later she moved, with her family, to Tucson, AZ for 3 1/2 years, then to Reno, NV for 5 years. In the fall of 2005, they moved to Belen, NM to be close to both sides of the family. In January, 2006, Jill went back to school for her Early Childhood degree. She graduated summa cum laude in 2009 from UNM Albuquerque. In the summer of 2009, she obtained her Early Childhood license with a TESOL endorsement. During the 2009-2010 school year she substituted in the Belen and Los Lunas school districts. For fun, Jill enjoys reading, crocheting, spending time with family and entertaining friends at her home.

First Grade Teacher, Jennifer Keller

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Ms. Jennifer Keller has ten years experience as a kindergarten and first grade teacher in Socorro, NM. She loves integrating science into every aspect of the curriculum and makes learning rigorous and fun! She has coordinated an Outdoor Classroom Project and initiated a school wide Positive Behavior Support program. Ms. Keller also serves as a volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitator in Socorro County. During the summer she grows organic produce and raises native perennial plants for the Socorro Farmer's Market. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and Conservation from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and completed the Alternative Licensure Program in Elementary Education at Northern New Mexico Community College. Ms. Keller has a Level 2, K-8 elementary New Mexico license.

Second Grade Teacher, Jaime Fassett

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Mrs. Fassett grew up in a ranching family in Nebraska and Colorado. She graduated from Oklahoma St. with a degree in Animal Science and completed her education program at NMSU. She lives in Socorro with her husband and two daughters, and in her free time, she reads, swims, works with her many animals, and explores new ways to make learning fun for her students. Mrs. Fassett began teaching second grade at CVCS in August of 2015. Classroom Philosophy: I want to inspire students' lifelong passion of questioning, problem solving, and desire to expand their knowledge.

Third Grade Teacher, Autumn Hayworth

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Ms. Haworth has a degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood from NMSU. She has 26 years of experience teaching pre-K through sixth grade. In her free time, Ms. Haworth likes to garden, bake, read, and dance. Classroom Philosophy: Every child has gifts and talents. Our job s to find these gifts and use them as building blocks for the child's academic success.

Fourth GradeTeacher, Deborah Matcham

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Deborah is just a great fourth grade teacher.

Fifth Grade Teacher, Jared Shrack

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Jared Shrack grew up on a small farm in Indiana. He finished his bachelors' and masters' degrees at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Jared lived in South Korea for three years during his undergrad years and loves the Korean language, culture, and food. Jared and his wife moved to Socorro in July of 2014 and are enjoying their first adventure in the Southwest. Jared likes to cook, garden, raise animals, spend time with family, and read.

Middle School Math & TechnologyTeacher, Denise Gilson

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Denise is just a great middle school teacher.

Middle School Science & Math Teacher, Tommie McSherry

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Ms. McSherry grew up on a small farm outside of Deming, NM. In 1999 she moved to Socorro to attend NMT, where she earned a B.S. and M.S. in Biology and a teaching license through the ALP. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors with her family gardening, playing and caring for their many animals, and hiking. Ms. McSherry began teaching at CVCS in 2012, teaching science, math, and gifted students.


Middle School English Teacher, Gail Lujan

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Gail Lujan grew up in a small town in Massachusetts, but has lived more than half her life with her husband, Joaquin, here in the Rio Grande valley of New Mexico. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts and became a teacher when her children began school. For the last many years, she has loved her job as a classroom teacher here in New Mexico and currently holds a Level III license with endorsements in Language Arts, Social Studies, TESOL, and Reading. In her free time, Gail likes to read, follow Boston sports teams, and play with her pets. Classroom Philosophy: Public Education is the lifeblood of Democracy.

Special Education Teacher, Belle Rehder

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Belle graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA with a degree in Horticulture-Ag. She earned her teaching certification in secondary science at UNM and taught biology and chemistry at Santa Fe High School, then middle-school science (6-8th grade) at Santo Domingo Pueblo (1988 to 1993). She received her Special Education certification from Santa Fe Community College/UNM Alternative Licensure Program while at Cochiti Elementary-Middle School, teaching Special Education and later 6-8th Science (2000-2008). Belle received her Masters in Water Resources at UNM and has taught at CVCS since 2012. Belle's interests are education, ceramics, water issues, organic gardening and soil.

Spanish Teacher, Sheri Armijo

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Ms. Armijo began teaching at CVCS in fall 2008. She is originally from Las Cruces, NM and has lived in Phoenix, Chicago, and Albuquerque. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education/Social Studies. She currently holds a New Mexico Level II license with endorsements in ESL (English as a Second Language) and Bilingual Education. She has 24 years of teaching experience in Elementary Ed grades K,1,3, and 5, and Spanish in grades K-8. Ms. Armijo enjoys embroidery (colcha), walking, watching movies, and traveling. Classroom Philosophy: individualism.

Music Teacher, Beth Crowder

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It's hard to say whether music or farming is more important to Beth; neighbors have overheard her singing to her bees sometimes! She is in her sixth year of teaching music at CVCS, and loves her job of creating something special for each grade to participate in, from international tunes, math songs and campfire rounds, to popular music and building instruments. Beth held a fundraiser years ago which resulted in a great collection of world music drumming instruments, as well as more traditional pieces such as the piano and keyboard. She holds degrees in chemistry and biology from UNM, and her family was part of the group who built the BEMP site that CVCS visits monthly. One of Beth's favorite places to sing is the Good Sam Home, and she sings locally as a member of the Sabinal Sisters. Her favorite three people are her own great kids! In her free time, Beth likes to hike, care for her farm/bees, ski, sing & play music with friends, and READ! Classroom Philosophy: Each grade K-6 works on something special that is different from the others, so the students keep expanding their music experience. Beth's goal is to share her love of music with the students.

P.E. & Health Teacher, Kirsten Dow

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Kirsten Dow is just a great PE and health teacher.

Art & 6th grade History Teacher, Linnea Burleigh

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Linnea Burleigh is just a great art and 6th grade history teacher.

Physical Therapist, Cindy Leclerc

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Cindy grew up in Maine and attended Colby College where she earned a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Science in 1997. She then earned a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of MN, Minneapolis. After all that school she had the opportunity to live in Montreal with her husband for 4 years. They then decided they wanted to raise their kids in the United States. Socorro, NM became the place of opportunity for just that in 2007! They have 3 kids who now attend CVCS and Cindy is glad to help service the needs of this small school. She also services pre-k thru 12th grade for the entire Socorro School District as well as Magdalena. Working with kids has been her passion but she has also practiced in the hospital, outpatient, home health and nursing home settings since 2003.

CVCS Educational Assistant, Patti Chavez

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Patti Chavez is just a great education assistant.

CVCS Educational Assistant, Eva Greenwood

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Eva was born in Springerville, Arizona. She lived in various places in New Mexico while growing up. Eva volunteered at San Antonio Elementary School in the mid to late `80's, was a substitute in Magdalena `90-`01, and traveled many miles with the Magdalena FFA (Future Farmers of America), basketball and track teams. Eva stayed home after her two boys graduated high school. She then substituted at CVCS and began full time in 2002.

CVCS Educational Assistant, Lisa Arendt

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Lisa Arendt is just a great educational assistant.