Linda Archibald, MA: Elementary Teaching Assistant
In 2015, Linda Archibald retired from the public schools where she worked as an elementary teacher, reading specialist, literacy coordinator and instructional coach for 26 years. Linda holds a Level 3 Teaching License and is TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certified. Currently, Linda is also an adjunct faculty at the Santa Fe Community College, where she teaches reading methods classes for aspiring teachers. She is currently in the process of becoming a certified multi-sensory language teacher. Linda loves teaching and believes everyone can learn. When Linda is not teaching, she spends her time with loved ones, her garden and her chickens.
Betsy Armstrong, Interventionist and Administrative Assistant
Betsy grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and graduated from Brown University before heading west to make Santa Fe her home. She completed her NCME Montessori certification soon after college and taught for several years in a Montessori primary school. After later working both in the nonprofit sector and as a jewelry designer, she returned to education as an active volunteer and board secretary at the Santa Fe Waldorf School, where her daughter was a student. Betsy recently completed the K – 8 Elementary Teaching Licensure program for the state of New Mexico and the certification in multi-sensory language teaching. Aside from work, Betsy likes to get outside as much as possible and loves to hike, ski, spend time with her family, and explore design of all kinds.
Barbara Calaway, MA, CALT: Elementary Lead Teacher
Barbara Calaway comes to the May Center with 30 years of teaching experience, but she truly found her niche when she became a Certified Academic Language Therapist 10 years ago. This multi-sensory, diagnostic way of teaching enabled her to unlock reading, spelling, and writing skills for children who had previously been unable to learn them. Before moving to Santa Fe this summer, Barbara taught at Rawson Saunders School for Dyslexics in Austin, Texas and tutored privately for the past 10 years. She earned her B.A. in English and Journalism, Master’s Degree in Education, and All-level Teaching Certificate from the University of Texas at Austin. Her other loves besides teaching include watching the hummingbirds feed outside her kitchen window, hiking in the mountains, and traveling to see her baby granddaughter, who lives in Canada, and her grandson, who lives in India.
Patty Conway, MA: Front Office Manager & Intermediate Director of Student Life
Before joining The May Center in August 2012, Patty was the Front Office Manager and Student Advisor at Desert Academy in Santa Fe. She completed her Masters in Counseling from Southwestern College in November 2010. She is skilled in facilitating experiential workshops for youth that focus on self-awareness and self-empowerment. Patty is a trained tutor for the Shelton School’s SEE program and is trained in The Hill Center’s HillRAP, HillWrite and HillMath. She has also completed a mindfulness in schools program through mindfulschools.org.
Lorraine Edge Castillo: Interventionist and Art Teacher
Lorraine Edge Castillo is an artist, who after leaving her home country of Ireland, worked as a graphic designer for a decade in London before heading to San Francisco for art school. She finished her BFA Summa Cum Laude (Studio Arts) in 2010 at the College of Santa Fe, and has been working with kids with learning differences for the last three years, bringing to them her passion and knowledge of art and math. Lorraine has completed training as a multi-sensory language teacher is currently working toward Certification as a Certified Academic Language Practitioner.
Daisy Guranich: Early Childhood Lead Teacher
Daisy is a certified Montessori instructor with 25 years of experience. She is a Montessori trainer with the Montessori Training Center in Albuquerque. Daisy is also certified in Montessori Applied to Children at Risk and she has completed the Mindful Schools program. Daisy is passionate about following the individual child’s needs in her teaching.
Marjorie Hanus, MA: Elementary Lead Teacher
Born and raised in New Jersey, Marjorie earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts and Masters in Teaching from William Paterson University. Soon after she finished her Masters Degree, Marjorie was drawn to teaching at a school specializing in autism and learning differences because of her own struggle with dyslexia. She moved to Santa Fe in 2007 and taught at a private school for several years before taking some time off to stay home with her children. Marjorie is excited to have the opportunity to work at May Center where she can help children reach their full potential. She has completed training in multi-sensory language teaching and she is currently pursuing certification through ALTA. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and learning about natural health and remedies.
Kathy Hillock: Intermediate Lead Teacher
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Temple University, Kathy has called Santa Fe home for nearly 20 years. She has worked as an editor and for environmental nonprofits. She also holds an elementary teaching license through the State of New Mexico and has completed coursework for an endorsement in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Kathy has completed training as a multi-sensory language teacher and is currently working toward certification as a Certified Academic Language Practitioner. Being a mom, working with students and teachers, and learning as much as she can about languages and cultures all bring her great joy.
Deirdre Logue: Early Childhood Teaching Assistant
Deirdre has taught in both public charter and private Waldorf schools for twenty years. She has had the privilege to teach kindergarteners through eighth graders. She has always enjoyed being in the woods, camping, hiking, and being outdoors. Deirdre’s love and wonder of nature led her to a degree in biology and master’s work in geology. One of my passions is enlivening this inherent wonder and curiosity in the natural world in my students. When Deirdre considers what she would do if she were not a teacher- her only answer is that she would be a student! Deirdre looks forward to her work with your children and this dynamic group of teachers.
Bret Luboyeski, MA: Intermediate Lead Teacher
Bret is a Chicago-area native and graduate of Northwestern University. In the Chicago area, he worked as a special education teacher at the high school level. Bret has also worked as an individual academic tutor. Most recently, he served as director of Sylvan Learning here in Santa Fe. Bret came to New Mexico to study at St. John’s College, where he earned his M.A. in Eastern Classics. Bret is currently working toward certification in multi-sensory language teaching, and he has completed a course in mindfulness in schools through mindfulschools.org. While he misses authentic, Chicago-style deep dish pizza, Bret is quite happy to have been introduced to Hatch green chiles and New Mexican cuisine. When he is not eating, he enjoys hiking, playing chess and watching ice hockey.
Trudy Moon, MA, CALP: Intermediate Lead Teacher
Trudy comes to May School with 20 years of commitment to education as a mathematics and French teacher, certified natural childbirth instructor, and active volunteer at the schools of her three children. She holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and French literature from the University of Kansas and a Master’s of secondary education from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She served on the public school board of University City in St. Louis, and has served on the board of trustees at Desert Academy. She has additional training in leadership and racism through Educational Equity Consultants and the Shelton School’s SEE multi-sensory language program. Trudy is a Certified Academic Language Practioner. She has completed mindfulness in the schools training through mindfulschools.org.
Jamie Shannon, MA: Elementary Lead Teacher
Jamie Shannon hails from Southern California but now considers Santa Fe her home. She has a total of 20 years teaching experience in California and in New Mexico and has taught Pre-K through Grade 5. Jamie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies/Teaching with a concentration in Psychology from California State University Dominguez Hills. She holds a Level Two Professional K-8 Elementary Teaching License from the state of New Mexico. She also has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Southwestern College and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a passion for play therapy. Prior to joining the May School, Jamie worked as a therapist for children and their families. She most recently taught as a tutor at the May Center and in our LEAP summer program. Jamie is currently pursing certification in MSL. When she is not teaching, Jamie spends her time with loved ones, enjoying music, creating art and dancing.
Corrie Shapiro: Intermediate Lead Teacher & Curriculum Coordinator
Corrie Shapiro graduated from Stony Brook University in New York with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and a certification in Teaching K-12 TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She is certified to teach English and ESL, and she taught English, ESL and the AVID program in the Santa Fe Public Schools before joining the May School. Corrie was also the founder and advisor to the De Vargas Middle School newspaper. Corrie is currently working toward certification in multi-sensory language teaching and has completed mindfulness in the schools training through Mindful Schools. This past summer, Corrie completed a course in teaching reading and writing at the Teacher’s College at Columbia University. Corrie enjoys reading and hiking with her family.
Lisa Shymkus: Physical Education Teacher
Lisa has over 12 years of experience working as a special education teacher in New Zealand. She returned to the United States in 2013, working as an autism specialist with Bridges in Albuquerque. While in New Zealand, Lisa coordinated the Special Olympics, working with athletes with a wide range of abilities and needs. She also has extensive training in the explicit teaching of social skills. Lisa has completed training in Multi-Sensory Language Teaching and she is working toward certification as a Certified Academic Language Practitioner. In addition, Lisa has completed a course in using mindfulness in schools through mindfulschools.org.
Amy Stanton, MA, CALP: Elementary School Lead Teacher & Curriculum Coordinator; Summer LEAP Director
While earning her Master’s Degree in Recreational Therapy, Amy worked with children, teens and adults with mental health disorders. After eight years working in mental health, she earned a teaching certificate and taught first grade. An opportunity to attend the Shelton Sequential English Education (SEE) Teacher Level Training showed Amy that children with dyslexia needed a different instruction model to help them learn at their greatest potential. Amy is a nationally certified multi-sensory language teacher through ALTA and IMSLEC, and she is also trained in the Hill Reading, Writing, and Math programs, as well as in the Mindful Schools program. In addition, Amy is certified in Montessori Applied to Children at Risk. She is a trainer for the Shelton Sequential English Education program.