PARTNER WITH US
We invite you to work with our teachers to help students get all they can out of their growing years.
Mrs. Donna Eldredge is a Co-Founder and was the Principal of one of the first charter middle schools in Albuquerque. She also was the Special Education director and a teacher. She has a dual license in K-8 regular education and K-12 SPED license. Her MA is in Elementary Education and she holds both 3A and 3B licenses. She has 20 years of education experience in elementary, middle, and high school education. For her, creating Coral Community Charter is a dream that is being realized. Mrs. Eldredge is a native New Mexican, lives in Albuquerque, is married, and has two children in college.
Mrs. Bachman, Assistant Principal, Reading Specialist
Mrs. Wilson Pre-K Teacher
Mrs. Cristal Wilson is an Early Childhood Special Educator teaching 4 year olds in both the Boys’ and Girls’ Academy. Mrs. Wilson has been teaching 16 years in both private and public education and has a background in working with young children with intense behavior needs and those in need of specialized academic intervention. She is licensed in both Early Childhood (Birth – 3rd grade) and Special Education (PreK-12th grade), endorsed in TESOL and has taught in Higher Education teacher preparation programming both face-to-face and through distance education. She received recognition as a Golden Apple Fellow in 2012, has served on numerous nonprofit boards focused on bringing businesses and education together to meet the unique needs of students and has successfully written and obtained grants for technology, innovative curriculum, professional development, community based instruction and curriculum design. She is passionate that every child deserves an individualized approach to education through novel experiences and exciting real world challenges; she is determined to reach students who are at risk for experiencing failure and focused on developing innovative solutions to meet the needs of all students. Mrs. Wilson is a native New Mexican, residing in Albuquerque, she is married and has 2 children
Mrs. Fender Pre-K Assistant
Mrs. Terra Fender serves an Educational Assistant at Coral. She has experience working with young children who are significantly impacted by autism spectrum disorders and providing educational supports in the classroom and community settings. She focuses on developing the whole child and is passionate that all children can learn. She holds all children to high expectations and supports them to be independent. She is a native New Mexican residing in Albuquerque, she is married with 2 children. In her spare time Mrs. Fender enjoys traveling.
Mrs. Jones, Teacher, Primary Girls' Beta
Ms. Berniklau, Teacher, Primary Boys' Beta
Kelly Berniklau recently graduated from the University of New Mexico with her bachelor's degree is elementary education. She worked at Cochiti Elementary for a year as a kindergarten student teacher. She also worked at Eubank Elementary for a semester as a first grade student teacher. After Kelly graduated, she was able to take over a position at Eubank Elementary and worked as a first grade teacher for the remainder of the school year. Kelly is also a professionally trained singer and has participated in many theater productions. She is excited to join the Coral Community Charter School family and will be teaching the first grade boy's class.
Mrs. Franz, Teacher, Transitional Girls
Katy Franz has been involved in education for more than twenty years. She holds a masters degree in special education and level III licenses in special and elementary education. When she is not teaching or writing lessons, Ms. Franz loves to read, cook, and hike. She lives with her husband, daughter, and her labradoodle, Atticus.
Mrs.Feit, Teacher, Intermediate Boys' Alpha
Mr. Feit, Teacher, Intermediate Boys' Beta
Mrs. Heather Sickenger is a Co-Founder and was a teacher at one of the first charter middle schools in Albuquerque. She has a BA in Communicative Disorders and holds a K-8 teaching license. In addition to teaching, she has been the test coordinator/ administrator and provided administrative support for the school. She has 11 years teaching experience at the mid school level. Being a founder of Coral Community Charter School has allowed her the opportunity to create a school in which the needs of the student can be put first. Mrs. Sickenger is a native New Mexican, is married, and has an elementary-aged daughter.
Ms. Chavez, Teacher, Junior Academy Humanities
Mrs. Lucero, Teacher, Jr. Academy, Math and Science
Sara Lucero comes to us with a diverse background in both education and nutrition. She is a native New Mexican who attended public schools in the Albuquerque area. She has mainly taught at the middle school level with some experience at the high school level where she taught everything from Communications to Lang/Lit as well as Basic Computers. Mrs. Lucero truly has a passion for the junior high students and is looking forward to making a difference in their lives not only academically, but in life as well. She is also excited to bring Health and Nutrition into the junior high curriculum.
Mrs. Lucero is a proud wife and mom of 2 active boys, Kolton and Braylon. Her and her family love the country and live in Los Lunas with their 2 horses, 2 dogs, and a fainting goat named Daisy. Some of her other hobbies include hunting, camping, fishin, team roping and just about anything outdoors.
Mr. Reid Nunn was a teacher at a local elementary school. He has his MA is in Education Leadership and holds a 3B license. He is a 2007 Milken award winner, a 2008 WalMart teacher award winner, has a publication titled "More Best Practices for Elementary Classrooms", is a Baldridge SQS trainer, and has served on his school leadership team for 12 years. He piloted an extremely successful all boys class for APS during the 2009-2010 school year that ended, with much dismay, the same year due to budget cuts. He has been a strong supporter of single gender classes in Albuquerque and co-founding Coral Community Charter is another stepping stone in continuing this support. Mr. Nunn grew up in Albuquerque, is married, and has a daughter. and a newborn son.
Ms. Barnes, Teacher, Intermediate Girls' Beta
Mrs. Sanchez,Teacher, Physical Education
Dr. Patricio Rojas Testing Coordinator and Data Specialist
Ms. McCray IEP Specialist
Jill Urban graduated from New Mexico Tech with a degree in University Studies. She began working at Cottonwood Valley Charter School in Socorro when they opened in August of 2001, and since employees in small schools wear many hats, over the next 16 years she did too: school librarian, middle school art teacher, middle school enrichment teacher, coordinator of school events such as graduation, fall festival, spring fling, bookfairs, winter crafts, and talent show; tech support/movie maker, and point-of-contact for all students and parents. Her job as school librarian was closest to her heart--nothing pleases her more than matching a child with the perfect book. Mrs. Urban and her husband moved to Albuquerque during July of 2016 so they could be closer to their two grown sons, Brian and Kevin. Mrs. Urban loves cats and runs a cat rescue called Claws and Paws Rescue. You can find her at PetSmart in Rio Rancho every Saturday. When she is not caring for cats, Mrs. Urban can be found reading, gardening, crafting, watching sports, or hanging out with her family. She feels extremely fortunate to have found a wonderful school like Coral to continue her career in education!
Ms. Miller, Music Teacher
Mrs. Espinosa, Speech-Language Therapy
Mrs. Arguello, Art
Lisa Arguello was an elementary school teacher for Albuquerque Public Schools for 14 years, teaching kindergarten through 3rd grade and Title 1 Reading. After the birth of her daughter, she became a stay-at-home mother for nine years. Once her children started attending Coral Community Charter School, Mrs. Arguello began subbing and bringing art into classrooms as a volunteer with the Art in the Schools program. She is delighted to now be teaching art part-time. She holds a BA from the University of Northern Colorado and a MA from the University of New Mexico along with level three licenses in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.
Mrs. Lerner, Business Manager
Ms. Christine Garcia has been working with the school since the beginning; we were very lucky that she found us. She helps out with everything from data entry to mending boo boos.
Ms. Mena, Educational Assistant Pre-K
Mr. James Richardson was born and raised in Reading, Massachusetts, and attended public schools and The University of Massachusetts at Lowell (formerly Lowell Technological Institute). After graduating with a Chemical Engineering degree, he went to work for Diamond Shamrock Chemical Company in Redwood City California. Mr. Richardson spent several years in various corporate responsibilities and landed in Houston, Texas. He started his own chemical company in Houston and was able to provide specialty chemicals to many of the nation’s largest oil companies. After nearly twenty years of self-employment, Mr. Richardson moved his family (wife and two kids) to Albuquerque to be closer to family. Once he completed his self-employment responsibilities, Mr. Richardson followed his wife into the teaching profession by teaching middle school science for ten years. During his teaching career, Mr. Richardson was introduced to facilities management, including safety and wellness policies and procedures.
Mr. Stefan, Assistant Facilities Manager
Mr. Torres,Testing, I.T.Specialist
Mr. Torres is native to Albuquerque. He graduated from the University of New Mexico and joined the Air Force to become an aircraft maintenance officer. After serving in the Air Force he was in the sales field until 1991 when he returned to college to get a degree in education. He has taught mid-school social studies, technology, (to teachers, principals and students), third and fourth grade. He opened his own business as a consultant working with APS schools creating localized databases to share students’ scores and work toward student improvement. He has six adult children, two grandsons, is active in mission work and music with his church and is an Eagle Scout.