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Rebecca Birch – Tutor
Rebecca earned a B.S in Technical Communication with a focus in Geology and a minor in Philosophy from New Mexico Tech. When she’s not teaching mathematics, she is usually practicing kung fu, hiking, drinking tea, doing yoga, or reading weird things like Kierkegaard, Lao Tzu, Herbert, or Calvin and Hobbes.
John Bishop – Founder
John Bishop is the Founder of TMP. Mr. Bishop is a self-taught accountant and founder of a company engaged in microscopy and nano/micro machining utilizing focused ion beam, scanning electron microscope and high speed laser technologies with a special emphasis on diamond industry and archival applications. Mr. Bishop subscribes to the philosophy that the truly educated never graduate. He has a unique educational background having been individually tutored and mentored in all aspects of his education and knowledge throughout his career. He began working immediately after high school.
Debbie Breland – Office Manager
Debbie has had a broad range of experiences in banking and human resources, the most rewarding of which were her years at River Parishes Community College in Louisiana. Along with working with admissions, registrar and academic advisers, she coordinated River Parishes Community College’s concurrent enrollment program with five high schools. Debbie’s husband, Jim, is administrator for Presbyterian Medical Group in Santa Fe and she has three children – a son in the Air Force in San Antonio, a daughter who is a high school teacher and counselor, and a daughter who is a registered nurse. Most dear to her heart are her seven grandchildren.
Mara Bruton – Special ED Coordinator
Mara earned her BA from Michigan State University in Special Education. She has worked as a special education teacher for fifteen years at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She has her MA from The University of New Mexico in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies. When not teaching, Mara enjoys spending time traveling and being outside with her husband and her two daughters.
Christopher Cretella – Applied Math, Geometry
Christopher earned a BA in Economics/Mathematics from Skidmore College in 1988. He worked as a US Treasury and Mortgaged-Backed Securities trader while finishing and after he finished his undergraduate degree. In 1993, Christopher decided to leave the financial industry to explore Southeast Asia by backpack and the United States by bicycle. Starting in 2002 and ending in 2006, he earned a MS in Instructional Technology and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. Christopher’s teaching experience includes two years at St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School, five years with Los Alamos Public Schools, and two years at Colorado Timberline Academy before joining The MASTERS Program this year.
Scott has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College and a BA in Economics from DePauw University. In 2002 he received his Secondary Education License with endorsements in English and Social Studies. Scott has been a high school teacher for 13 years. His classroom environment fosters inquiry and collaboration, and encourages students to trust their own opinions and respect the ideas of others.
Jody LeFevers – Government, Economics, Philosophy
Jody teaches philosophy, U.S. Government, and economics. He has over twenty-five years of teaching and administrative experience, twelve of which he served as Dean of Students, Interim Head of the Upper School, Teacher, and Cross Country Coach at Santa Fe Prep. Jody holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts degree from St. John’s College and a M.Ed. from Eastern New Mexico University. His undergraduate work was focused in economics and history. Pedagogically, Jody feels that the classroom should provide each student (and the teacher) the opportunity and freedom to address the difficult questions regarding virtue, justice, and equality. Jody readily admits to having heroes such as Plato, Joseph Campbell, and Peter Pan. When not reading and talking with students, Jody can be found running or mountain biking on the trails around Santa Fe or riding his motorcycle. Interview with Jody LeFevers
Margaret Lopez- Business Manager Assistant
Margaret Lopez is a native of Northern NM, where she spent most of her young days doing what she loved best: riding on the back of her favorite horse, helping her dad care for their many animals, and gardening on a large cattle ranch. This instilled in her a value for hard work. Hard work combined with a love of helping people, and supporting the needs of the students is what she enjoys most about her job as the Assistant Business Manager. Margaret comes to us from the New Mexico Highlands University Business Office with an additional background in banking. Living by her family values to “take care of the land and your animals and they, in turn, will take care of you” is the foundation for her daily outlook to treat others like you would like to be treated.
Lisa Lucas – Business Manager
Lisa moved to Santa Fe from Las Vegas, Nevada in 2004. She graduated from Manchester College in Indiana with a Bachelors in Accounting. Lisa has worked in governmental accounting and finance for over 30 years and keeps her Nevada Certified Public Accountant’s license active. She enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.
Lori Miller – Director of Guidance
Lori was Head of Guidance for five years at Moriarity High School. Prior to that, she was a Career Counselor at the college level for 3 years. Lori received her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of New Mexico and has a Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University and a Master’s of Education in Human Resource Training and Development from Idaho State University. Her expertise is in career development, counseling and academic advising with a diversity of populations and age ranges. She is a mother of two, a grandmother of one and lives with her companion dogs, Opie, Layla, and Greta.
Tina Ossorgin _ Administrative Assistant
Tina has been with TMP for about 5 years. She found her way to Santa Fe via St. John’s College many long years ago and has spent the majority of her adult life with the SFPS in one capacity or another, from driving busses to working in the classroom to various school offices. That was often part-time in order to raise her 3 children while her husband pursued a roller coaster career in Santa Fe’s Construction market. When she’s not at TMP helping to keep up with the behind the scenes administrative activities, she can usually be found at the barn with her 2 horses or hanging out with one of her 4 (delightful!) grandchildren.
Beth received her M.Ed. in education, as well her B.S. degree in geology from the University of West Georgia. She is beginning her 25th year of teaching and feels that science should be taught as a “hands-on” subject. She has a true passion for the natural world and hopes to help students make the connections between what is learned in the classroom and the world outside. She has two children and is currently living in Santa Fe with her teenage son and two cats. She enjoys traveling, any outdoor activity and working in her garden.
Anne Salzmann – Head of School
Anne came to The MASTERS Program after 7 years at Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, six of those years as Assistant Head Learner and one year as Interim Head Learner. Prior to moving to Santa Fe, Anne was Head of Verde Valley School in Sedona, AZ, an international boarding school. Anne has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and has worked in schools all of her life. She is a confirmed southwesterner, loves her dogs and cats and lives with her husband, David, and son, Galen.
Robert Sobel holds a B.F.A. in Film Studies from Chapman University and an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College. He is currently at The Masters Program, teaching World History. Robert has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at Santa Fe University of Art and Design and also at Nanjing Arts University, in China. Most recently, in Lima, Peru, he taught in Santa Fe University’s English Immersion program –– teaching a class of fifteen University Directors at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC).
Joel received his B.S. in Environmental Science from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX. He is currently completing his M.S. in Environmental Science and Management at New Mexico Highlands University and his teaching certification at the Santa Fe Community College Teacher Academy. Joel has four years teaching experience at both the collegiate and high school level. Prior to pursuing a teaching career, he worked for 12 years as a field scientist and project manager conducting soil and groundwater remediation for the State of New Mexico and as a private consultant.
Zach was born and raised in Santa Fe. He graduated from Capital High in 1996 and then went on to earn a BA degree in English and Communications. He has taught Literacy, Global Issues and Service Learning and Leadership throughout his 9 years of teaching experience in both District and Charter schools. He now holds an MA in Social Justice. He is passionate about reforming education to include community service, leadership education, emotional intelligence and self awareness as part of the core curricula in public schools.
Hillary Hale was born and raised in Santa Fe. She graduated from Hendrix College with her Bachelors in History with a special focus in Africana Studies. Hillary taught 8th grade writing for Breakthrough Collaborative and went on to become the Breakthrough External Relations manager. She loves skiing and hiking in the mountains with her puppy Lolita.
Scott received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Oregon. He began his teaching career at Hawaii College of Oriental Medicine teaching Botany. Before moving to Santa Fe he lived in Hawaii where he received his teaching certification in Secondary Mathematics and Science from the University of Hawaii. Scott is currently working on his Masters of Science Teaching at New Mexico Tech.
Sarah currently teaches English 2 and New Mexico history. She started teaching in 2008 after earning her MS in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon and her BA in English from The University of Texas. Her teaching philosophy revolves around inquiry and collaboration. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time in the mountains with her dogs, cooking, and practicing yoga.