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Leadership Team
Administrators
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 8 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.

Instructional Leadership
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 22 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 13 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 is very happily married to his wife Kay, and has two wonderful children - Jack and Cora. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in K – 8th grade Education, and Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Mr. Nunn has been teaching for 25 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. He was a Juvenile Correction Officer, has his third-degree black belt in Hapkido, and likes to wear shorts.



Mrs. Sasha Sanchez
Lead 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.

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​​Finance & Operations Leadership
​​Mrs. Katy Sanchez
Chief Financial Officer & Human Resources & Chief Procurement Officer

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 9 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.

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Mrs. Julia Weeks
Operations Manager & 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.



​Support Staff
​Ms. Jill Holtz
Front Desk Receptionist

Favorite Quote: “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~ Robert Brault

Ms. Jill Holtz has her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Washington. She was born and raised in Washington State and moved to New Mexico about 10 years ago. She loves spending time with her son and daughter along with her twin granddaughters and grandson. She is also an animal lover and has a Chihuahua named Chica. Jill has been in the field of education for over 20 years and has a passion for working with children and families in her community.



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. 


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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 17 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 8 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. 



​Ms. Asher Willard
Pre-K Girls Educational Assistant

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.
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Ms. Adelita Gill
K/1 Boys Cohort Educational Assistant

Favorite Quote: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.” ~Unknown

Ms. Adelita Gill has two years’ experience being an Autism Social Communications PreK Educational Assistant, and absolutely loved it. She enjoys spending time with my family going fishing, camping and hiking, and anything Disney!





Ms. Jill Urban
K /1 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.




Mrs. Elizabeth Sorrell
K/1 Girls Cohort Educational Assistant

Favorite Quote: “Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.” ~ Unknown

Ms. Elizabeth Sorrell has experience working with school aged children in a before and after school program. She is a mother of three and enjoys camping, hiking and traveling with her family.






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.



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 16 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. 


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​Ms. Ann Gutierrez
1/2 Girls Cohort Teacher

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

Ms. 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. Ms. 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 been a teacher and also Educational Assistant in the boys academy at CCCS. Ms. Gutierrez enjoys spending time with her 2 teenage sons, has a love for animals, enjoys watching movies and re-creating treats and crafts she finds on Pinterest.


Ms. Alexa Grodner
1/2 Cohort Educational Assistant

Favorite Quote: “Life is what happens to you, while you’re busy making other plans”. ~John Lennon

Ms. Grodner studied Fine Arts at the University of Illinois, and sculpture at the Academy in Florence, Italy. She studied marble carving and foundry work in the studios of Carrara and Pietrasanta Italy.  Ms. Grodner says, “After 40 years as an artist, educator, chef, parent, grandparent and ever-creative spirit I have found that no matter where I am or what I am doing, the creative process is always in some way involved. I feel that art is a ‘collaboration’ with what surrounds us at any moment in time.” Having her own two children brought her to her present interest of working with and supporting children in education. Ms. Grodner has worked with APS and charter schools for the last 20 years, as well as private summer school programs including Albuquerque Academy, NM Jazz Workshop, Sandia Prep, and the Menaul School. Her interests are art, cooking, travel and connecting with Nature. 


​Mr. Ian Gordon
2/3 Boys Cohort Teacher

Favorite Quote: “Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.” ~Batman

Mr. Ian Gordon graduated the University of New Mexico cum laude with a Bachelors in English, and a distinction from the Honors College. He has taught at the elementary level for four years. When not teaching, Mr. Gordon enjoys spending time with his amazing wife and their five crazy children. In his free time he enjoys reading, mountain biking, camping, listening to all kinds of music, playing dungeons & dragons, golfing, and staying in shape. Mr. Gordon also may or may not be Batman. He is currently TESOL certified, and is beginning the process of becoming a level two teacher. 



​Ms. Josiana Lacrete
2/3 Girls Cohort Teacher

Favorite Quote: "Perhaps it takes courage to raise children." ~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden


Ms. Josiana Lacrete has a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and behavior, and plans to extend her education with a master's degree in Educational Psychology. She likes to come up with multimodal projects for her students, and connect their learning to the real world. She has taught second, third, and fourth grade in a few schools here in New Mexico, including a STEM after-school program! In her spare time, she likes to paint, play board games, and read. 




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.

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Ms. Therese Martin
Upper Girls Cohort 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.



Ms. Rachel Slagle
Special Education Teacher

 Favorite Quote: “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by his ability to climb a tree it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~Albert Einstein

Ms. Rachel Haysley completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New Mexico with Bachelor’s in both General and Special Education, and an emphasis on Science and Social Studies.  She has worked as an EA in both Special Education and 1:1 behavior redirection. Rachel is currently in training to become a CALT (Certified Academic Language Therapist) taught by Dyslexia Specialists of New Mexico. She enjoys seeing the individuality and creativity of kids and loves to learn from her students.  In her free time, Rachel loves to create sculptures from recycled and found items. She also spends much of her time hiking and running with family and friends.


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.

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Mr. Kevin Urban
PE & STEAM Teacher

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. 
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​Ms. Mikayla Martinez
STEAM Teacher

Favorite Quote: “To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” ~ Dr. Seuss

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.




Mrs. Jezzri Cochrane
Art Teacher

Favorite Quote: “And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art." ~Neil Gaiman

Ms. Jezzri Cochrane earned her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts where she studied printmaking, photography, painting and video art. She was a substitute teacher and taught special education before becoming an elementary art teacher. In addition to teaching, Ms. Cochrane was the Vice President and Director of the board for a large makerspace. She has two children, enjoys reading, writing and meandering through the outdoors with her sweet old dog.



​​Ms. Jennifer Haag
CCC SEAcademy Teacher

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. 


Coral Community Charter School

Phone: 505-292-6725 Fax: 505-200-0440

4401 Silver Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108


School Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM- 3:00 PM