The May Center for Learning

Faculty and Staff

Amy Miller, MA, MFA, CALP: Executive Director   Amy Miller is co-founder of May Center for Learning, a school and outreach center for students with language-based learning differences in Santa Fe, NM. She earned her BA from American University, her MA from St. John’s College, and her MFA in Writing from Arizona State University. Amy is a nationally Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) and a trainer for the SEE Multi-Sensory Language Teaching Program. She is a frequent presenter at regional education conferences and at varied schools and organizations, including being a featured speaker at the sold-out Dyslexia 2018 conference in Albuquerque, NM this February. Amy is also Chair of Outreach on the board of the Southwest chapter of the International Dyslexia Association (SWIDA), and she co-chairs The Reading Group, a literacy initiative focused on improving reading outcomes for students in Santa Fe in collaboration with the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Community Foundation. Last year, she founded the Dyslexia Justice League, an empowerment group for children with dyslexia that uses superhero stories as a vehicle for learning about self-advocacy, growth mindset, and the strengths of the dyslexic mind.  Where I Come From , a book that Amy co-authored with May Center students, won the 2014 New Mexico/Arizona Young Adult Book of the Year.    Get in touch with Amy>>

Amy Miller, MA, MFA, CALP: Executive Director

Amy Miller is co-founder of May Center for Learning, a school and outreach center for students with language-based learning differences in Santa Fe, NM. She earned her BA from American University, her MA from St. John’s College, and her MFA in Writing from Arizona State University. Amy is a nationally Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) and a trainer for the SEE Multi-Sensory Language Teaching Program. She is a frequent presenter at regional education conferences and at varied schools and organizations, including being a featured speaker at the sold-out Dyslexia 2018 conference in Albuquerque, NM this February. Amy is also Chair of Outreach on the board of the Southwest chapter of the International Dyslexia Association (SWIDA), and she co-chairs The Reading Group, a literacy initiative focused on improving reading outcomes for students in Santa Fe in collaboration with the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Community Foundation. Last year, she founded the Dyslexia Justice League, an empowerment group for children with dyslexia that uses superhero stories as a vehicle for learning about self-advocacy, growth mindset, and the strengths of the dyslexic mind. Where I Come From, a book that Amy co-authored with May Center students, won the 2014 New Mexico/Arizona Young Adult Book of the Year.
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Stephanie Binkley, MA, CALP: Early Childhood and Elementary Director   Stephanie has had a passion for working with children with learning differences since high school when she had the opportunity to be a teacher’s aide in a classroom for peers with special needs. She received a Bachelor’s in Special Education from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 and a Masters in Human Relations with an emphasis in counseling in 2004. As a nationally Certified Academic Language Practitioner, Stephanie has extensive training in working with children with language delays. She has most recently been trained in the DuBard Association Method and Lindamood Bell.   Get in touch with Stephanie>>

Stephanie Binkley, MA, CALP: Early Childhood and Elementary Director

Stephanie has had a passion for working with children with learning differences since high school when she had the opportunity to be a teacher’s aide in a classroom for peers with special needs. She received a Bachelor’s in Special Education from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 and a Masters in Human Relations with an emphasis in counseling in 2004. As a nationally Certified Academic Language Practitioner, Stephanie has extensive training in working with children with language delays. She has most recently been trained in the DuBard Association Method and Lindamood Bell.
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Bret Luboyeski, MA, CALP: Intermediate Director   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.   Get in touch with Bret>>

Bret Luboyeski, MA, CALP: Intermediate Director

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.
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Heidi Schmidt, MA, LED, CALP: Director of Tutoring & Assessment, Certified Educational Diagnostician   Heidi has worked for 15 years as a general education teacher, as well as a special education and gifted student teacher in both private school settings and with the Santa Fe Public Schools. The mother of two teenage boys, Heidi is not only an advocate for students in her professional life, she has firsthand knowledge of the challenges and frustrations a learning disability can cause for her child and her family. Heidi is a nationally Certified Academic Language Practitioner and has completed multi-sensory language teacher training in both the Sounds in Syllables Multisensory Language Program and the Shelton Sequential English Education Program. Additionally, Heidi recently completed her Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Learning Disabilities. Always a lifelong learner, she also holds a post graduate certificate in educational diagnosis. Her passion continues to be to teach, support and advocate for bright children who don’t fit into the traditional education mold.   Get in touch with Heidi>>

Heidi Schmidt, MA, LED, CALP: Director of Tutoring & Assessment, Certified Educational Diagnostician

Heidi has worked for 15 years as a general education teacher, as well as a special education and gifted student teacher in both private school settings and with the Santa Fe Public Schools. The mother of two teenage boys, Heidi is not only an advocate for students in her professional life, she has firsthand knowledge of the challenges and frustrations a learning disability can cause for her child and her family. Heidi is a nationally Certified Academic Language Practitioner and has completed multi-sensory language teacher training in both the Sounds in Syllables Multisensory Language Program and the Shelton Sequential English Education Program. Additionally, Heidi recently completed her Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Learning Disabilities. Always a lifelong learner, she also holds a post graduate certificate in educational diagnosis. Her passion continues to be to teach, support and advocate for bright children who don’t fit into the traditional education mold.
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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.   Get in touch with Linda>>

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.
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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.   Get in touch with Betsy>>

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.
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NewSong Bradley, Music Teacher   Bio coming soon...   Get in touch with NewSong>>

NewSong Bradley, Music Teacher

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Kitty Broadbent, Intermediate Interventionist   Kitty is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner who has worked with May Center as a tutor since 2014. Previously, Kitty worked with adults with learning differences at Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe for four years, where she co developed a Somatic Learning Series. She has certificates in Sensory Processing Disorder, Trauma Resiliency Model Levels I and II, and Ecotherapy from the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Current interests include new brain/ body developments in neuroscience, the immune system and learning. Kitty received her B.A. from The Ohio State University in International Studies. She did graduate work at Cornell and the University of Virginia in Interdisciplinary Buddhist Studies and Asian Languages. Kitty enjoys her free time hiking with her dog in the beauty of New Mexico.   Get in touch with Kitty>>

Kitty Broadbent, Intermediate Interventionist

Kitty is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner who has worked with May Center as a tutor since 2014. Previously, Kitty worked with adults with learning differences at Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe for four years, where she co developed a Somatic Learning Series. She has certificates in Sensory Processing Disorder, Trauma Resiliency Model Levels I and II, and Ecotherapy from the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Current interests include new brain/ body developments in neuroscience, the immune system and learning. Kitty received her B.A. from The Ohio State University in International Studies. She did graduate work at Cornell and the University of Virginia in Interdisciplinary Buddhist Studies and Asian Languages. Kitty enjoys her free time hiking with her dog in the beauty of New Mexico.
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Mich Cotton, Intermediate Language Arts Teacher   Mich was born in Santa Fe and grew up in Colorado. After completing her degree in Psychology and Latin American studies at Lewis and Clark College, she worked as a wilderness therapy instructor for at-risk youth and as an adaptive ski teacher. Mich received her teaching license and masters degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Colorado. After teaching for five years at Stanley British Primary School in Denver, she decided to pursue her passion for travel and teach internationally. For the past five years, she taught at international schools in Indonesia and Mozambique using an integrated, inquiry based approach to learning. She is currently completing her certification in multi-sensory language instruction. Mich is excited to learn and grow at the May Center.   Get in touch with Mich>>

Mich Cotton, Intermediate Language Arts Teacher

Mich was born in Santa Fe and grew up in Colorado. After completing her degree in Psychology and Latin American studies at Lewis and Clark College, she worked as a wilderness therapy instructor for at-risk youth and as an adaptive ski teacher. Mich received her teaching license and masters degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Colorado. After teaching for five years at Stanley British Primary School in Denver, she decided to pursue her passion for travel and teach internationally. For the past five years, she taught at international schools in Indonesia and Mozambique using an integrated, inquiry based approach to learning. She is currently completing her certification in multi-sensory language instruction. Mich is excited to learn and grow at the May Center.
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Valerie Chism, M.Ed, ED DIAG   Valerie holds New Mexico licensure for pre-k-12 Educational Diagnostician, and K-12 grade Special Education teacher. She originally studied in Arkansas to obtain her B.S. in Education and taught various elementary and middle school grades in Texas before earring a Master's in Education with a specialty in Educational Diagnostics from the University of North Texas in 1996. While at UNT, Valerie taught classes for teacher interns and developed coursework. After graduation, Valerie worked in private practice as a Educational Diagnostician in the Dallas area, and she established a school based learning lab program for students with learning differences in grades 4-12. With over thirty years in education and parenting her own children with various learning needs, Valerie has a special love for helping students and parents understand and advocate for the ways they learn best.   Get in touch with Valerie>>

Valerie Chism, M.Ed, ED DIAG

Valerie holds New Mexico licensure for pre-k-12 Educational Diagnostician, and K-12 grade Special Education teacher. She originally studied in Arkansas to obtain her B.S. in Education and taught various elementary and middle school grades in Texas before earring a Master's in Education with a specialty in Educational Diagnostics from the University of North Texas in 1996. While at UNT, Valerie taught classes for teacher interns and developed coursework. After graduation, Valerie worked in private practice as a Educational Diagnostician in the Dallas area, and she established a school based learning lab program for students with learning differences in grades 4-12. With over thirty years in education and parenting her own children with various learning needs, Valerie has a special love for helping students and parents understand and advocate for the ways they learn best.
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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 .   Get in touch with Patty>>

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.
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Jennifer Fowler: Elementary PE Teacher   Bio coming soon...   Get in touch with Jennifer>>

Jennifer Fowler: Elementary PE Teacher

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Ellen Gore, Elementary Lead Teacher   After earning a BA in political science, working for Amnesty International, and trying a year of law school, Ellen discovered Montessori education -- her true passion. She soon earned her primary and elementary diplomas from the Association Montessori Internationale and spent the next 18 years at Guadalupe Montessori School in Silver City, NM working as a lead teacher in primary and elementary classrooms. She also served as Program Director and School Director at GMS before moving back to the classroom to teach, her true love. Most recently, Ellen worked as a Montessori teacher at the Keres Learning Center on Cochiti Pueblo. Ellen was an elementary teacher at May School from 2015-17, and she is excited to return to May School's community.   Get in touch with Ellen>>

Ellen Gore, Elementary Lead Teacher

After earning a BA in political science, working for Amnesty International, and trying a year of law school, Ellen discovered Montessori education -- her true passion. She soon earned her primary and elementary diplomas from the Association Montessori Internationale and spent the next 18 years at Guadalupe Montessori School in Silver City, NM working as a lead teacher in primary and elementary classrooms. She also served as Program Director and School Director at GMS before moving back to the classroom to teach, her true love. Most recently, Ellen worked as a Montessori teacher at the Keres Learning Center on Cochiti Pueblo. Ellen was an elementary teacher at May School from 2015-17, and she is excited to return to May School's community.
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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.   Get in touch with Marjorie>>

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.
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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.   Get in touch with Kathy>>

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.
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Melia Lewis, Early Childhood Assistant   Melia has worked in Montessori education since 1989. She received her American Montessori Society early childhood certification in 2007. Melia received her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Resources from the University of Idaho in 1979. Previous to her work in education, Melia worked in the US Forest Service, as a massage therapist, and as a hospice worker. Melia is very happy to be assisting her old friend and colleague, Daisy Guranich, in the early childhood classroom at May Center.   Get in touch with Melia>>

Melia Lewis, Early Childhood Assistant

Melia has worked in Montessori education since 1989. She received her American Montessori Society early childhood certification in 2007. Melia received her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Resources from the University of Idaho in 1979. Previous to her work in education, Melia worked in the US Forest Service, as a massage therapist, and as a hospice worker. Melia is very happy to be assisting her old friend and colleague, Daisy Guranich, in the early childhood classroom at May Center.
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Caitlin Martinez, Elementary Lead Teacher   Caitlin recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from New Mexico Highlands University with her BA in University Studies with two concentrations in Elementary Education and Special Education. She is currently working toward her certification as an Academic Language Practitioner. Last year, Caitlin worked alongside Daisy Guranich in May School's Early Childhood classroom. Caitlin is excited to be a Lead elementary teacher this school year.   Get in touch with Caitlin>>

Caitlin Martinez, Elementary Lead Teacher

Caitlin recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from New Mexico Highlands University with her BA in University Studies with two concentrations in Elementary Education and Special Education. She is currently working toward her certification as an Academic Language Practitioner. Last year, Caitlin worked alongside Daisy Guranich in May School's Early Childhood classroom. Caitlin is excited to be a Lead elementary teacher this school year.
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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.   Get in touch with Trudy>>

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.
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Megan Rosker, Elementary Lead Teacher   Megan has been a teacher for ten years, and a significant amount of that time has been spent supporting students with learning differences. Megan began her teaching career as a Teach for America teacher on the Navajo reservation. She is the founder of Let Children Play, an advocacy group for recess and play in education, and she has worked as a Waldorf teacher for six years. Megan is trained in LindaMood Bell and the Shelton SEE program and she is working toward her certification as an Academic Language Practitioner. Megan is the mother of four children and loves getting outside and exploring with them.   Get in touch with Megan>>

Megan Rosker, Elementary Lead Teacher

Megan has been a teacher for ten years, and a significant amount of that time has been spent supporting students with learning differences. Megan began her teaching career as a Teach for America teacher on the Navajo reservation. She is the founder of Let Children Play, an advocacy group for recess and play in education, and she has worked as a Waldorf teacher for six years. Megan is trained in LindaMood Bell and the Shelton SEE program and she is working toward her certification as an Academic Language Practitioner. Megan is the mother of four children and loves getting outside and exploring with them.
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Lynda Schmidt, MS: Intermediate Lead Teacher   Lynda comes to the May Center with extensive experience in both public and private schools. She is a Level 3 New Mexico licensed teacher in Special Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Gifted Education. She holds a BS degree in Geography and Social Science and a MS degree in Social Science. Most recently she was a Math interventionist, Primary level summer school teacher, and high school tutor for the May Center. Previously, she was a Special Education teacher at Capshaw MIddle School. Lynda has a special love for this school, since two of her grandchildren have been students here. Lynda is looking forward to working with our intermediate grade students and sharing her philosophy that “all children can learn when given the right tools.”   Get in touch with Lynda>>

Lynda Schmidt, MS: Intermediate Lead Teacher

Lynda comes to the May Center with extensive experience in both public and private schools. She is a Level 3 New Mexico licensed teacher in Special Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Gifted Education. She holds a BS degree in Geography and Social Science and a MS degree in Social Science. Most recently she was a Math interventionist, Primary level summer school teacher, and high school tutor for the May Center. Previously, she was a Special Education teacher at Capshaw MIddle School. Lynda has a special love for this school, since two of her grandchildren have been students here. Lynda is looking forward to working with our intermediate grade students and sharing her philosophy that “all children can learn when given the right tools.”
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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.   Get in touch with Jamie>>

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.
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Corrie Shapiro: Intermediate Lead Teacher   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.   Get in touch with Corrie>>

Corrie Shapiro: Intermediate Lead Teacher

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.
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Amy Stanton, MA, CALP: Elementary School Lead Teacher & Curriculum Coordinator; Summer LEAP Director, Sweeney Pilot 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.   Get in touch with Amy>>

Amy Stanton, MA, CALP: Elementary School Lead Teacher & Curriculum Coordinator; Summer LEAP Director, Sweeney Pilot 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.
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Debbie Taylor, Intermediate Art Teacher   Debbie Taylor has worked as a tutor and art teacher at May Center since 2016. Previously, Debbie lived in Washington DC where she was a special education teacher working with hearing impaired students and children on the autism spectrum. Debbie is an artist, visual thinker and graduate of the University of the Arts.   Get in touch with Debbie>>

Debbie Taylor, Intermediate Art Teacher

Debbie Taylor has worked as a tutor and art teacher at May Center since 2016. Previously, Debbie lived in Washington DC where she was a special education teacher working with hearing impaired students and children on the autism spectrum. Debbie is an artist, visual thinker and graduate of the University of the Arts.
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