Lee Lewin is the school’s founder and Program Director. She is licensed by the state of New Mexico to teach K through 8 and has earned the state’s bilingual education endorsement. She holds two undergraduate degrees, one in Russian language and literature from the University of California and one in education from the College of Santa Fe.
Ann Pelaez holds an MA in English Language Arts from Middlebury College; a BA from Middlebury with a major in English and a Minor in Spanish, and has attended Oxford University and the Instituto Internacional in Madrid, Spain. Ann has been an educator for 30 years, with a particular passion for experiential learning and integration of the arts into the academic curriculum. Ann has a strong interest in supporting girls in developing self-advocacy skills and teaching them how to approach all commitments with dedication and excellence. Prior to her last 3 years as an educator at Santa Fe’s Milagro Middle School, Ann taught at Desert Academy, the Escuela Campo Alegre in Caracas, Venezuela and at The New Hampton School in New Hampshire. In addition, Ann has worked as an English/Spanish translator for both public and private agencies, she teaches dance classes at the National Dance Institute and in her personal life she is an accomplished dancer and visual artist. Ann brings her educational experience and wisdom to the Girls’ School community and will teach the 6th and 7th grade math and 8th grade science classes.
Olivia Carril teaches Science, with a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, and a master’s degree in biology, both from Utah State University. She received her PhD in plant biology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is the author of a field guide to native solitary bees, and has been studying pollination ecology for over 20 years. She has taught after-school science programs to K-8th graders, AP environmental science and honor’s chemistry to high school students, and biology, statistics, and environmental science to college students. She is devoted to encouraging students to explore and investigate their world using the tools of a scientist. She enjoys photography, cooking, reading, and spending time with her husband and two small children.
Rosemary Baca has a degree in Special Education with emphasis/ minor in Spanish. She is a State of NM certified tri-lingual interpreter in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. She has taught Spanish at Santa Fe Community College for the last 20 years. She has taught Spanish at many levels, including the Bilingual Educational toward Endorsement classes at SFCC. She enjoys gardening, baking, and spending time with a good book.
Darya Peterson Glass teaches Mathematics and History. She holds a double bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and the History of Mathematics from St. John’s College and has earned a New Mexico teaching licensure, K-8. When she’s not teaching, Darya gardens, preserves food, and explores the wilderness with her husband and dogs.
Arina Pittman, Operations Manager. Arina combines over 15 years of experience managing educational non-profit organizations with a focus on education, sustainable living skills and permaculture. She is a designer, educator, homesteader, gardener, writer, radical homemaker and community organizer. She lives with her family on a lovely permaculture farm in Pojoaque Valley, and teachers our TerraGirls After-School Program.
Catherine Hathaway, Language Arts and Literature, holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University with a double major in psychology and studio design, and a K-8 Level II teaching license with endorsements in TESOL and gifted education. She loves to cook, garden, throw pottery, bird watch, and hang out with her husband, daughter, two dogs, nine chickens and turkey.
Joan Logghe, Poetry. New Mexico Artist-in-Residence since 1984, Joan has won numerous awards in the field of poetry including a 1991 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.She presents poetry readings throughout New Mexico and nationally. Joan was named to the two year Poet Laureate post in June 2010. Read more about Joan here.
Shelley Robinson, Science and Art. Shelley teaches 6th, 7th and 8th grade art. She has her secondary art teaching certification from the SFCC Teacher Academy and a Master’s degree in Printmaking from University of New Mexico as well as her glass art training from Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington and 15 years experience as an arts educator at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. Ms. Robinson always looks forward to sharing her creativity and guiding middle school girls through a foundation of art skills and techniques in an exploratory and encouraging environment. Outside of the classroom, you’ll find Shelley on her bike and in the mountains, hiking with husband, Tom and kids, Jackson and Rosemary, and best dog, Eddie.