Academic Leadership Team Ms. Lori Bachman Executive Director 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 15 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.
Mr. Brian Ver Ploegh Assistant Principal
Favorite Quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ Nelson Mandela
Mr. Ver Ploegh has his Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication, and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education. He has 7 years of teaching and administrative experience, ranging from Pre-K through 12th grade, all in Albuquerque, NM. Mr. Ver Ploegh has been an English teacher, head basketball and soccer coach, athletic director, Summer School Principal and Assistant Principal. He enjoys playing sports, chasing his two young kids around the house, and hanging out with his wife.
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 20 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 & Upper 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 23 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.
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 also achieved her Masters of Education degree in Pedagogy & Learning with Educational Technology. Mrs. Sanchez has been in this field for 7 years, and previously was the Physical Educational Teacher at CCCS for Pre-K – 7th grade. Some of her other experiences include: Pre-K Teacher, Pre-K Corporate Assistant, Kids Ministry Program Director, Chiropractic Assistant, and Marketing Coordinator. She enjoys fitness, sports, and nature's beauty.
Administrative Team Mrs. Julia Weeks
Operations Support Specialist & Food Manager & Health Assistant
Favorite Quote: “Do what you can with what you have, wherever you are.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
Mrs. Julia Weeks has been providing support for Coral Community Charter School for the last year, and has helped make the school a more successful environment. Mrs. Weeks was a Chiropractic Assistant at Health Quest Chiropractic where she oversaw the administrative functions of the business. She loves to organize and cares about people.
Ms. Sailor Schroff Receptionist
Favorite Quote: “We rise by lifting others.” ~Robert Ingersoll
Ms. Sailor Schroff is a great addition to our CCCS team, and is working on her degree in business management and communication. Ms. Schroff is one of ten siblings, went to University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii, and also did ministry in parts of Europe. She is a youth leader here in New Mexico for a local church. Ms. Schroff loves making coffee, traveling, and being around family and friends.
Mr. Jeff Weeks Facility Manager
Favorite Quote: “There are no problems, only solutions.” ~John Lennon
Mr. Jeff Weeks was born raised in Albuquerque, and has been in the construction industry for over 40 years. He loves camping, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Mrs. Monica Sanchez Support Staff/Substitute
Favorite Quote: “"Why would you wanna marry me, anyhow? So I can kiss you anytime I want." ~Sweet Home Alabama
Mrs. Monica Sanchez graduated from Cimarron, New Mexico and moved to Albuquerque where she now has a family of her own. She has been a legal videographer and worked with many attorneys. Mrs. Sanchez has been married 16 years and has 2 beautiful children. According to her husband she has recognition for being an outstanding wife and mother 16 years in a row. She enjoys taking pictures on the side and enjoying natures beauty.
Mrs. Nayamin Cisneros Support Staff/Substitute & CFEE Executive Director
Favorite Quote: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” ~Zig Ziglar
Mrs. Nayamin Cisneros has graduated with honors with her Associate of Arts in Integrated Studies & Human Services, Associate of Applied Science Health, Wellness, and Public Safety (HWPS). She graduated from Trinity Life Bible College and is a Minister Ordination from Global University. Mrs. Cisneros has served as Assistant Director or Epic Bible College, Pastoral Care Director at The Kings House Church, and also Administrative Assistant for 8 years at the Kings House Church. She loves to read, travel, and the outdoors.
Teaching Team Ms. María Nieves Bascur Pre-K Boys Teacher
Favorite Quote: “To be or not to be." ~William Shakespeare
Ms. María Nieves Bascur has her Bachelor degree in Early Childhood from ages 3 to 8 and graduated with honors. Ms. Bascur has been teaching for 16 years in Pre-K, and was an Assistant Director at the Children Learning Center. She is always smiling and punctual.
Ms. Elena Munoz Educational Assistant
Favorite Quote: “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Ms. Elena Munoz is pursuing her Associates in Early Childhood Multicultural Education, and has been teaching for 7 years. She is very patient, thoughtful, and loves to work with children. Ms. Munoz is married and has two children of her own, and enjoys crafting and baking.
Mrs. Brittany Ocheltree Pre-K Girls Teacher
Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Dr. Seuss.
Mrs. Brittany Ocheltree graduated Cum Laude from UNM with her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Physical Education, and an Associates in Liberal Arts. Mrs. Ocheltree’s experience includes teaching PE for 2 years and Preschool for 4 years on the east coast. She also taught at Valley High School and Alvarado Elementary School, as well as coached Varsity Swimming at Manzano High School. Mrs. Ocheltree is a kid at heart and loves Disney. She is a dog mom, loves to travel, be outdoors, and believes there is no such thing as bad pizza.
Favorite Quote: “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I’ll learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin
Ms. Asher Willard previously worked as the receptionist at Coral Community Charter School. She became more involved in the classrooms, and with that, decided to pursue a career in education. Ms. Willard loves the atmosphere and sense of community at Coral but most importantly the bonds she shares with the students, their families and her fellow co-workers. Ms. Willard’s most important role and job title is being a mother to her four children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching Netflix, having game night, and watching her favorite football and basketball team play on television.
Ms. Kelly Berniklau K/1 Boys Cohort 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.
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 3 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.
Ms. Ingrid Hamblin 1/2 Boys Cohort Teacher
Favorite Quote: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller
Ms. Ingrid Hamblin is working on her Associates in Elementary Education at CNM, and holds a an Associates of Science from Colorado School of Healing Arts. She has spent the last 15 years in the education setting and homeschooled two children. Ms. Hamblin has previously worked the before and after care program for Denver Public Schools, was a group leader at Terri’s Daycare Academy. She is the oldest of 6 children in her family, and also has a glass eye.
Mrs. Lauri Hassler 1/2 Girls Cohort Teacher
Favorite Quote: “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." ~John Dewey
Mrs. Lauri Hassler has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education/Minor in Early Childhood from the University of Northern Colorado, and her Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education/Teaching is from UNM. She is retired from 31 years with APS, grades K-2. Throughout her career she was a Mentor for 10 beginning teachers in grades K-3 through the APS/ATF/UNM Mentor Program, a Clinical Supervisor at UNM for 48 pre-service teachers in grades K-8, Early Childhood Leader, Team Leader, and is TESOL certified. She has been the Reading Specialist and Mentor at CCCS for three years. Mrs. Hassler has a son and a daughter and loves camping with her family, mototrials, swimming, and antiques.
Mrs. Ann Gutierrez
2/3 Boys Cohort
Favorite Quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~Maya Angelou
Mrs. Gutierrez previously devoted her time as a preteen on up to an adult working with her mother and grandmother in their in home daycare's proving care and homeschooling needs to children from newborn up to 12 years of age. Mrs Gutierrez also worked 18 years in the retail industry 10 of which was mostly spent a Costco working as a photo lab technician. She has spent the last 2 years as an Educational Assistant in the boys academy at CCCS. Mrs. Gutierrez enjoys spending time with her hsubandand 2 teenage sons, has a love for animals, enjoys watching movies and re-creating treats and crafts she finds on Pinterest.
Ms. Mikayla Martinez Educational Assistant
Favorite Quote: “God is the strength of my heart.” ~ Psalms 73:26
Ms. Mikayla Martinez is pursuing licensure in Elementary Education, and has previous experience teaching elementary students. She has also worked at the Boys and Girls Club where she spent a lot of time with children of various ages. Ms. Martinez was a Keva Juice mug designer where she was employee of the month. Her favorite hobby is to dance.
Ms. Jessica Schiffman 3/4 Girls Cohort Teacher
Favorite Quote: "Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory." ~Dr. Seuss
Jessica Schiffman is in the process of completing her Bachelors in Elementary Education. She spent 2 years as a Pre-K Assistant Teacher, 1 year as a Substitute Teacher, and 3 years 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.
Ms. Jill Urban Upper Girls Cohort Teacher 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 19 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.
Ms. Jennifer Haag
Favorite Quote: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~Albert Einstein
Ms. Jennifer Haag has her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts with a concentration in Printmaking, and a Master’s degree in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. While in school, she worked in the University Art Museum and did an internship with the Museum Educator. Her classroom experience includes teaching Pre-K, Substitute teaching, After-school Art, and Itinerant Elementary Art. Ms. Haag also has previous experience facilitating art making experiences with patients and medical staff in the Arts in Medicine program at UNMH. She is a mother of 3, seamstress, silver jewelry maker, and she aspires to learn to play the upright bass and surf someday.
Mrs. Sasha Sanchez Special Education Teacher
Favorite Quote: “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.” ~James 3:17-18
Mrs. Sasha Sanchez has her Bachelor of Arts in University Studies and Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of New Mexico. She has homeschooled her own children for the last 10 years. Mrs. Sanchez loves to read, garden, camp, snowboard, travel, and exercise.
Ms. Cynthia Redner Reading Support Teacher
Favorite Quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ms. Redner has a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Ladycliff College in Highland Falls, New York. She has her Masters of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, and her Ed. Specialist Certificate in Multi-Cultural Education from UNM. Her teaching experience includes first grade for seven years in Hinesville, Georgia, and 28 years with APS in grades K-5 at Sandia Base Elementary School. She has also mentored many new teachers through the APS/ATF/UNM Mentor Program. Ms. Redner loves spending time with her family and friends, especially her two beautiful grandchildren.
Ms. Therese Martin Classroom Teacher
Favorite Quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~Nelson Mandela
Ms. Therese Martin has her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, and Master’s degree in elementary education. She has seven years’ experience in education as a substitute teacher, educational assistant, and teacher. Ms. Martin has been a substitute teacher for grades K-12, an educational assistant for grades K-1, and third grade teacher. She has successfully raised an amazing son and daughter. Ms. Martin used to work as a veterinary assistant, and in the retail industry. She loves nature, hiking, animals, art, music, and spending time with her family.
Mr. Kevin Urban Educational Assistant
Favorite Quote: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” ~Unknown
Mr. Kevin Urban is working on his Associates in Biology at CNM, and holds a New Mexico Public Education Educational Assistant license. He has spent a lot of time in the past working with students at Coral Community Charter School while substitute teaching in different classrooms from Pre-K through 6th grade. Mr. Urban has previously been a lifeguard and serving food in the restaurant industry. He formerly held the title of all district and state high school soccer player, and he loves to garden, backpack, animals and sports.
Ms. Vanessa Grose Educational Assistant
Favorite Quote: “We can complain that roses have thorns, or we can rejoice that thorn bushes have roses.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
Ms. Grose is currently getting her Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation & Sports Management. She plans to get her Master's in Education and Administration from ENMU. For the past 4 years she has been working on a cruise ship where she was the Youth & Family Programs Manager. Ms. Grose is passionate about outdoor & environmental education directing resident camps for many years. She enjoys spending time with her dogs, the ocean and any kind of sports.