Academic Leadership Team
Ms. Lori Bachman
Favorite Quote: “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?" ~Henry David Thoreau
Ms. Lori Bachman has her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She has 13 years of teaching experience in Pre-K to 8th grade in places including Hawaii, Saipan, Kuwait and Albuquerque. She also served as instructional coach for 3 years and as an educational leader for 14 years at the school, district and state levels. Her work includes 3 years as Director of a non-profit advocacy organization. While working for the state, she supported the Secretary of Education in implementing education reform in New Mexico. Ms. Bachman’s favorite hobby is cooking.
Mrs. Donna Eldredge
Chief Academic Officer
Co-Founder, Coral Community Charter School
Co-Founder, 21st Century Public Academy
Favorite Quote: “Do not train children to learning by force or harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent to the genius of each.” ~Plato
Mrs. Eldredge has her Bachelor’s degree in General Education & Special Education, and Master’s Degree in Education & Educational Administration. She has been in the field of education for 31 Years. Previously, she was a Camp Director for YMCA and a book store manager. Mrs. Eldredge loves to spend time with my family, read books, build things, and teach. She previously was the Principal and Co-Founder of a National Charter School of the Year.
Mrs. Heather Sickenger
Girls’ Academy Director
3/4 Boys Cohort Teacher
Co-Founder, Coral Community Charter School
Co-Founder, 21st Century Public Academy
Favorite Quote: “Your level of success is determined by your level of discipline and perseverance” ~Anonymous
Mrs. Heather Sickenger has her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders. Her teaching career spans 18 years in grades K – 8th in subject areas including Language Arts, Social
Studies, Science, and Math. She taught at Taylor Middle School, 21st Century Public Academy, and Coral Community Charter School. She has served as District Test Coordinator for 12 years. Mrs. Sickenger loves to exercise, garden, cook, read, and travel. She is designated as a Highly Effective Teacher in New Mexico.
Mr. Reid Nunn
Boys Academy Director
4-6 Boys Cohort Teacher
Co-Founder, Coral Community Charter School
2009 Walmart Teacher of the Year Award
2007 Milken Award Winner
Favorite Quote: “If boys don't learn, men won't know.” ~Douglas Wilson
Mr. Reid Nunn earned a Bachelor’s degree in K – 8th grade Education, and Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. He has been teaching for 21 years including 6th grade at Carlos Gilbert Elementary; 4th & 5th grades at Santa Fe McCollum Elementary; and 3rd – 7th grades at Coral Community Charter School. Mr. Nunn was a Juvenile Correction Officer, has his third-degree black belt in Hapkido, and likes to wear shorts.
Mrs. Cristal Dawn Wilson
Pre-K Boys Teacher
Pre-K Site Coordinator
2015 Angel in the Classroom
2013 Golden Apple Fellow
Spring 2013 & Spring 2014 Horizon Award Winner
Favorite Quote: "Excellence in education is when we do everything that we can to make sure that they become everything that they can." ~Carol Ann Tomlinson
Mrs. Cristal Dawn Wilson has her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Multicultural Education, and her Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood. Mrs. Wilson has been teaching for 18 years in Pre-K – 4th grades. Her teaching experience spans General and Special Education and includes programs for Intensive Support; Autism; Emotionally Disturbed; and Behavior Disorder. She has served the community as Secretary for Holman's Foundation for Autism; Chair of Teachers Committee for Holman's Foundation for Autism; Central Chapter Representative for New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children; Conference Committee Member for Community Connections; Treasurer for New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children; and participant in the Western States Leadership Network. Mrs. Wilson loves cooking, yoga, hiking, camping and reading.
Mrs. Terra Jean Fender
Pre-K Boys Educational Assistant
Favorite Quote: “Do or do not there is no try.” ~Yoda
Mrs. Terra Jean Fender is currently working on her Early Childhood Certification. Mrs. Fender has spent 4 years in the classroom, and has data entry experience. She worked as department manager at Michaels, The Arts & Crafts store. She loves sports, travel, movies & food.
Ms. Kelly Berniklau
Pre-K Girls Teacher
Favorite Quote: “There is a ‘can’ in ‘can't’.” ~Unknown
Ms. Kelly Berniklau has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. She taught 1st grade at Eubank (Janet Kahn) Elementary and 1st grade and Coral Community Charter School. Prior to that, she served as a teacher at Albuquerque Christian School and tutor for Hope Christian School. Ms. Berniklau is a professionally trained singer, loves to cook, and loves to dance. She was in the honor society in high school and college.
Ms. María Nieves Bascur
Pre-K Girls Educational Assistant
Favorite Quote: “To be or not to be." ~William Shakespeare
Ms. María Nieves Bascur has her Associates degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education and graduated with honors. Ms. Bascur has been teaching for 14 years in Pre-K, and was an Assistant Director at the Children Learning Center. She is always smiling and punctual.
Mrs. Morgan Ramirez
K/1 Boys Cohort Teacher
Favorite Quote: “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” ~Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Mrs. Morgan Ramirez has her Bachelor’s in Interior Design from The Art Center Design College, and achieved her Teacher Licensure from Central New Mexico Community College. Mrs. Ramirez is currently attending Southern New Hampshire University working toward a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on Dyslexia and Language Based Learning Disorders. She has been teacher for 8 years, and has previous taught Special Education at Albuquerque Public Schools. Her experience includes working as a Commercial Interior Designer for 3 years. Mrs. Ramirez and her husband have three children and three dogs. She loves to be crafty in her spare time and crochets blankets, is learning how to quilt and is in a stamp club where she makes her own greeting cards. Mrs. Ramirez has completed Google Teacher and Apple Teacher trainings.
Mrs. Bonita Williamson
K/1 Girls Cohort Teacher
Favorite Quote: "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you'll ever know." ~Winnie the Pooh
Mrs. Bonita Williamson is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree for Early Education, Pre-K – 3rd grade. Mrs. Williamson was the director of an early childhood learning center for 20 years, and has been teaching Kindergarten for 2 years at Coral Community Charter School after serving as an Educational Assistant for 6 months. She was a Teacher, Assistant Director, and Director at Alphabet Junction. Mrs. Williamson played on a boys’ soccer team in England, and she loves to read. She has her certification in the USDA food program, holds a National Administrators Credential, and completed the Early Childhood Education 45-hour course.
Mrs. Sonja Chavez-Feit
K/1 Boys Cohort Teacher
National Board Certified
Favorite Quote: “Just believe in yourself. Even if you don't, pretend that you do, and at some point, you will." ~Venus Williams
Mrs. Sonja Chavez-Feit has her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education K-8, and her Master’s degree in Reading and Language Arts with an ESL endorsement. She has been teaching for 19 years including Alvarado Elementary School in grades 1st-3rd and Coral Community Charter School. She also served as a Reading Intervention Specialist. Mrs. Feit is a RunFit Leader, has been trained in Reading Recovery and Dyslexia, serves as State Dossier Reviewer, and is Common Core Training certified. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching her boys play basketball and act in plays. Her interests include watching movies, reading, running and working out. She played tennis in college.
Mrs. Kimberly Jones
K/1 Girls Cohort Teacher
Favorite Quote: “Stay positive, work hard, and make it happen.” ~Unknown
Mrs. Kimberly Jones has her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and Master’s degree in Education. She has 10 years of classroom experience including McCollum Elementary in an Autism program, Moriarty-Edgewood School District as a district level Behavior Technician and at CCCS as a classroom teacher. She is married with two teenage sons. Mrs. Jones’ children are involved in 4H and FFA and have shown livestock throughout their lives. They enjoy outdoor activities such as going to the lake, camping, riding dirt
bikes and 4-wheelers, and traveling. Mrs. Jones was a part of Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society and Kappa Delta Pi – Education Honor Society during college.
Mr. Tim Feit
2/3 Boys Cohort Teacher
Favorite Quotes: "Life is Good!" and "Don't Give Up Before You Try!" ~Unknown
Mr. Tim Feit has a Bachelor of Science Education degree for K-8 with an emphasis in Language Arts, and currently holds an Athletic Coaching License. He has been teaching for 25 years including 2nd grade at Las Cruces Public Schools; 2nd, 4th, 5th grades at Albuquerque Public Schools; 5th – 8th grade at Ralph Bunche Charter School; and currently 2nd – 4th grades at CCCS. He was the Athletic Director at John Adams Middle School and is currently the Athletic Director at CCCS. Mr. Feit enjoys coaching youth athletics, hunting, fishing and all outdoor activities.
Ms. Ashley Barnes
2/3 Girls Cohort Teacher
Favorite Quote: "Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"~Anne of Green Gables
Ms. Barnes has her Bachelor’s degree in English and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Special Education. She has been teaching for 3 years in 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades. Previously, Ms. Barnes worked as a customer service representative. She recently completed a TESOL program. She loves to dance, is teaching herself to paint, and has travelled to almost 30 different countries and lived in 4 different continents, which she believes is not nearly enough.
Mrs. Lisa Marie Arguello
3/4 Girls Cohort Teacher
Favorite Quote: "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." ~Mother Teresa
Mrs. Arguello has her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She has been teaching for 16 years in K-3rd Elementary Education, 1st-5th Title 1 Reading, and Pre-K – 7th Art. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years, and is looking forward to beginning her third year at CCCS. She was the Art-in-the-School volunteer, and enjoys gardening, hiking, and traveling. Mrs. Arguello has been designated as a Highly Effective Teacher in New Mexico and APS/UNM Teacher Enhancement Participant. Throughout college she made the National Dean's List at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Presidential Scholarship, UNC Scholarship of Academic Excellence, and UNC Dean's Honor Roll.
Ms. Katy Franz
4-6 Girls Cohort Teacher
2013 New Mexico Charter School Teacher of the Year
Favorite Quote: “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Ms. Katy Franz has her Bachelor’s degree in Art History, and her Master’s degree in Special Education. Her classroom experience includes teaching for 22 years in grades K-10th in both private and public schools. She has taught English, Math, Social Studies and Special Education in Virginia, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Texas, and New Mexico. She previously worked for the US Department of Agriculture as Employee Relations Specialist; Muscular Dystrophy Association as Annual Telethon Coordinator; American Architectural Foundation as K-12 Curriculum Writer; The Octagon House Museum (Washington, DC) as Assistant Education Curator/Volunteer Coordinator. Mrs. Franz walked 550 miles in 28 days from the Camino de Santiago from St. Jean Pied du Port, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She wants to write a food blog when she grows up.
Mrs. Sara Lucero
Physical Education Teacher
Favorite Quote: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” ~Unknown
Mrs. Sara Lucero has her Bachelor degree of Arts in Communication/Journalism and Psychology, and her Master of Science in Sports Administration. She has been teaching for 6 years including the Junior Academy at CCCS, Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School as Language Arts/Literature instructor, and Albuquerque High School as Communications teacher. Her experience includes working as Sports Nutritionist for 5 years and Athletic Trainer for 1 year. Mrs. Lucero loves to hunt. Her family has 2 horses, 2 dogs, 1 fainting goat, 1 fish and many barn cats. Pizza and Chocolate are her two favorite foods. Daily workouts make her happy and she believes attitude is everything.
Mrs. Katie Lehman
Special Education & Music Teacher
Favorite Quote: "The little girl could not sleep because her thoughts were too deep, they had gone out for a stroll and fallen down a rabbit hole" ~Lewis Carol
Ms. Katie Miller graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor degree in Music Education, and achieved her Master’s degree in Special Education. She has been teaching for 3 years as Pre-K –12 Music Teachers Assistant, and a private lesson instructor at Music on the Westside. Waffles and ice cream are her favorite dinner.
Ms. Jessica Schiffman
Jessica Schiffman is in the process of completing her Associates in Business Administration. She spent 2 years as a Pre-K Assistant Teacher, 1 year as a Substitute Teacher, and 1 Year as an Educational Assistant. Ms. Schiffman has worked with children from Birth to 5 years old at La Petite, and ran a daycare out of her home for many years, teaching 3 and 4-year old children. She has two children, ages 5 and 10. In her spare time, she loves to read books. She has a love for teaching and working with children, and would like to pursue a degree in education after finishing her business degree.
Mrs. Angie Lerner
Chief Financial Officer
Favorite Quote: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among stars!” ~Unknown
Mrs. Lerner has a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has been in the educational business field for 5 years. In her free time, Mrs. Lerner runs a website company in Las Cruces, NM, with her husband, overseeing the finances. She has run 7 marathons and coaches the after-school group "Coral Runfit", as they compete in races around Albuquerque. Mrs. Lerner is a Big Sister for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and has had her little sister for 6 years. She ran a swim program for economically disadvantaged children in Las Cruces, NM, for the Las Cruces Aquatic Club and raised $3,000 for USA swimming.
Mrs. Katy Sanchez
Favorite Quote: “Our whole life is an Education — we are 'ever-learning', every moment of time, everywhere, under all circumstances something is being added to the stock of our previous attainments. Mind is always at work when once its operations commence. All men are learners, whatever their occupation, in the palace, in the cottage, in the park, and in the field. These are the laws stamped upon Humanity.” ~Edward Paxton Hood, Self-Education: Twelve Chapters for Young Thinkers, 1852
Mrs. Katy Sanchez graduated Suma Cum Lade with her Bachelor of Science degree in Family & Consumer Sciences with Business, and is currently pursuing Master of Education degree in Pedagogy & Learning with Educational Technology and Gifted Pedagogy. Mrs. Sanchez has been in this field for 5 years. She previously was the Physical Educational Teacher at CCCS for Pre-K – 7th grade, a Pre-K Teacher & Corporate Assistant at Covenant Schools, and completed the Early Childhood Education 45-hour course. Her previous experience includes being a Kids Ministry Director at Sagebrush in Rio Rancho,
Chiropractic Assistant and Marketing Coordinator at Health Quest Chiropractic, and a President's Ambassador at Eastern New Mexico University. Mrs. Sanchez and her husband have 3 precious children and 4 dogs. She enjoys the outdoors camping, fishing, and hunting with her family. Mrs. Sanchez loves competing in fitness events like Spartan Races and playing soccer, and taking time to sit and look at the stars at night.
Mrs. Jill Urban
Registrar & Student Support
Favorite Quote: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." ~Aristotle
Mrs. Urban graduated with High Honors from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology with her Bachelor’s degree in University Studies. She has been in the Education field for 17 years. She worked at Cottonwood Valley Charter School for 16 years prior to Coral Community Charter School. Her service includes K-8 librarian; middle school electives teacher; coordinator of Big Idea, Art, and Book Groups; special events coordinator for the Spring Fling, Talent Show, Winter Crafts, Winter Concert, Fall Festival, bake sales, 8th grade trip, and too many more to list. Prior to her employment in schools, Mrs. Urban worked for architects, a gym, and even a burger stand. She has a cat rescue called Claws and Paws. In her free time, she loves to read, do puzzles, garden, play games, travel, spend time with her family, make paper crafts, crochet, watch cooking shows, and make movies.
Mr. Brian Stefan
Assistant Facilities Manager
Favorite Quote: “Do it now. Sometimes LATER becomes NEVER.” ~Unknown & “Change someone’s life today.” ~Unknown
He has been at CCCS for 4 years, and previously worked at Hill-Rom for over 17 years as a hospital specialty bed tech, and is a Marble Craftsman. Mr. Stefan is the 6th oldest in a family of 12, which he has 6 younger brothers. He was also the Captain of a football team.
Ms. Christine Garcia
Favorite Quote: " "Your true colors will always find a way to come shining through." ~Unknown
Ms. Christine Garcia has her Associates degree in Health Science. She has been in this field for 5 years, and also previously worked at Springbrook Dental Office, RDH and as a Dental Prosthetics assistant, CDA. Ms. Garcia lived in Seattle, Washington for 28 years, and moved back to New Mexico to look after her parents. Her family has a winery in Walla Wall, Washington and she goes back every summer to help out.