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 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 32 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 &vCo-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 19 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 22 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.
Teaching Team 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 19 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 5 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 15 years in
Pre-K, and was an Assistant Director at the Children Learning Center. She is always smiling and punctual.
Mrs. Ara Smith K/1 Boys Cohort Teacher
Favorite Quote: Every child has greatness inside themselves. It is the task of the teacher to help them discover and release it. ~Ara’s reworded interpretation from Michael Angelo
Mrs. Ara Smith has her Bachelor of Science in Education and achieved her Master’s degree in Education from Indiana University. She has been a teacher for 36 years, and has previously taught at Desert Hills Elementary School. Her experience includes being an Elementary School Co-Founder & Director and being an elementary teacher at many different grades and school locations over the years. Mrs. Smith strives to work in harmony, alignment and integrity with CCCS as we promote the love of life-long learning through example, hands-on experiences and linking learning to the lives of students, their families, and community. She believes that helping children set personal goals and practice effective strategies while attaining those goals helps make teaching fun, interactive and very rewarding. Mrs. Smith has received an award for valuable contributions and immeasurable dedication to education and boundless support. She has also completed the valuable training of Nurtured Heart Approach.
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.
Mrs. Sonja Chavez-Feit 1/2 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."
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 20 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 1/2 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 11 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 26 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.
Mrs. Denise Dorman 2/3 Girls Cohort Teacher Favorite Quote: “A person’s a person no matter how small.” ~Dr. Seuss
Mrs. Denise Dorman has her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Associates degree in Liberal Arts. Her classroom experience includes teaching 2nd grade for multiple years and also in High School. Mrs. Dorman was a Kids Director at Sagebrush Community Church where she oversaw the ministry and also taught the children. She received an award for Best Kids Director for all campuses. Mrs. Dorman likes to canoe and enjoys being in nature.
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 17 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. Ashley Barnes Upper 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 4 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 traveled to almost 30 different countries and lived in 4 different continents, which she believes is not nearly enough.
Ms. Jill Urban Creative Writing 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 18 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.
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
Mrs. Katie Lehman 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 4 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.
Mrs. Brittany Ocheltree Physical Education 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.
Ms. Jessica Schiffman Educational Assistant
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 Associates in Business Administration. She spent 2 years as a Pre-K Assistant Teacher, 1 year as a Substitute Teacher, and 2 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, and would like to pursue a degree in education after finishing her business degree.
Mrs. Ann Gutierrez
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 worked many years in customer service, most of which was spent at Costco as a photo lab technician. She has spent the last year as an Educational Assistant in the boys academy at CCCS. Mrs. Gutierrez enjoys spending time with her family and 2 sons, has a love for animals, enjoys watching movies and
re-creating treats and crafts she finds on Pinterest.
Mrs. Lauri Hassler Reading Specialist 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 Interventionist and Mentor at CCCS for two years. She is also a licensed insurance agent.
Mrs. Hassler has a son and a daughter and loves camping with her family, mototrials, swimming, and antiques. Administrative Team 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 6 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 Executive Assistant 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 Master of Education degree in Pedagogy & Learning with Educational Technology. Mrs. Sanchez has been in this field for 6 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.
Ms. Asher Willard Receptionist Favorite Quote: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~Harriet Tubman
Ms. Asher Willard previously worked as a Customer Service Representative for OCO Biomedical (Dental Implant Company) located here in Albuquerque. She has been with CCCS for over a year and has enjoyed becoming part of the community. She is a mom to three boys and one girl, and loves spending time with her kids. Ms. Willard’s favorite things include dogs, watching football (Dallas Cowboys), going to the movies, and she loves Chinese & New Mexican food.
Ms. Christine Garcia Health Assistant 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 6 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.