Ms. Lori Bachman
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.
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
Special Education Coordinator
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.
Finance & Operations Leadership
Mrs. Katy Sanchez
School Business Official
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. She has been the Chief Financial Officer for Coral Community Charter School for the last 2 year, and served on committees with the New Mexico Association of Business Managers. Mrs. Sanchez has been in this field for 10 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.
Mrs. Julia Weeks
Operations Manager, Human Resources Representative, Registrar, & STARS Reporter
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 6 years, and has helped make the school a more successful environment. She loves to go on adventures with her husband and three daughters, read, and travel.
Ms. Asher Willard
Front Desk Receptionist
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.
Mr. Jeff Weeks
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.
Mrs. Nayamin Cisneros
Favorite Quote: “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss event; small minds discuss people.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Mrs. Nayamin Cisneros has her Associates degree in Human Services plus 8 years of clerical experience. She is bilingual and a native Spanish speaker. Mrs. Cisneros has three young children and enjoys being around kids of all ages. She is also the Executive Director of the Coral Foundation for Excellence in Education. Mrs. Cisneros likes the outdoors and care for others.
Ms. Emma Sewell
Favorite Quote: “If you had started doing anything two weeks ago, by today you would have been two weeks better at it.” ~John Mayer
Ms. Emma Sewell has an Associates Degree in Psychology. This will be her second year as an Educational Assistant in Albuquerque charter schools. Before becoming an Educational Assistant, she was an Activities Coordinator at an Assisted Living Facility in Albuquerque, providing activities and social gathering for the residents. Ms. Sewell likes to paint, garden, cook, and go on hikes. She enjoys being creative and innovative in every aspect of her life and believes that hard work can lead you to accomplish anything.
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
Pre-K Boys 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 Physical Education. She taught PE for 2 years at Manzano High School and 1 and a half years here at Coral. She then went back to school and got a second Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from WNMU, graduating with high honors. Mrs. Ocheltree has been teaching Pre-Kindergarten at Coral for 2 years now and loves it because she feels she is a kid at heart. She is a mom to a spunky 2 year old little girl, a dog mom, loves to travel, be outdoors, and believes there is no such thing as bad pizza.
Ms. Ora John
Pre-K Girls Educational Assistant
Favorite Quote: Let all that you do be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
Ms. Ora John has an Associate degree in Fine Arts. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and hopes to one day become an Art Teacher. She loves camping, fishing, hiking, and painting.
Ms. Hannah Bimmerle
K/1 Boys Cohort Teacher
Favorite Quote: “When things go wrong as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.” ~John Greenleaf Whittier
Ms. Bimmerle moved to Albuquerque a little over a year ago from Indiana, where she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University. Since beginning her career as a teacher, she has had experiences in Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 4th Grade settings. She loves working with children as she feels they bring out her creativity and child-like heart. She enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, yoga, painting, reading, and spending time with her cats!
Ms. Vanessa Grose
K/1 Girls Cohort Teacher
Favorite Quote: “We can complain that roses have thorns, or we can rejoice that thorn bushes have roses.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
Ms. Grose has obtained 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. Christina Lauritzen
K/1 Cohort Educational Assistant
Favorite Quote: “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” ~ Ignacio Estrada
Ms. Christina Lauritzen attended New Mexico Military Institute her junior and senior year of high school and graduated with honors. She stayed for the junior college and graduated with an Associate's of Liberal Arts. Mrs. Lauritzen transferred to Adams State University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with an emphasis on social welfare. She has experience in the college admission process and recruiting. Mrs. Lauritzen has been able to travel all over recruiting for NMMI. She managed the incoming recruited athletes and the academy prep program. Mrs. Lauritzen worked for New Mexico Army National Guard Family Programs and oversaw the southeastern part of the state, providing local resources to New Mexico Army National Guard families. She has been involved in CCCS's PTA since 2018 and is very excited about being an Educational Assistant. Mrs. Lauritzen owns a home business, Just for you Designs by Christina LLC. She is a mother of two awesome kids who keep her busy (with sports and dance) and a wife to an Army National Guard Soldier.
Ms. Jill Urban
1/2 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.
Ms. Barbara Brech
1/2 Boys Cohort Teacher
Favorite Quote: "When you play, play hard. When you work don't play at all." ~ T. Roosevelt
“When you play, play hard. When you work don’t play at all.” ~T. Roosevelt
Ms. Barbara Brech has her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Relations, and a Master’s Degree in Education. She has 9 years of teaching experience in 1st and 2nd grade and 5 years of Pre-K. Ms. Brech worked at Rio Rancho Public Schools for 9 years prior to Coral Community Charter School. Her service included being a general education teacher, coordinating the Community Involvement team, and facilitating the school community food pantry. Ms. Brech loves to read, hike, travel, and spend time with family.
Mrs. Rebekah O’Rourke
2/3 Boys Cohort Teacher
Favorite Quote: "Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It's the courage to continue that counts." ~Winston Churchill
Mrs. Rebekah O'Rourke has her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Western Governors University, as well as her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. Mrs. O’Rourke has worked with children in various settings for the past 15 years, with 3 years at another charter school in Albuquerque. This is her second year at CCCS. She loves cooking, baking, camping, and spending time with her family, friends, and dogs.
Mr. Harold Thompson
2/3 Boys Cohort Educational Assistant
Favorite Quote: “The harder I work the luckier I get.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
Mr. Thompson has coached JR Tennis full time since 2001. He has also coached at the private sector and college level where he was the Head Coach of the Men’s Tennis team at Erskine College. Hal Graduated at Erskine College with a degree in History. He has been a EA at CCCS for 1 year.
Ms. Sarah Nielsen
2/3 Girls Cohort Teacher
Favorite Quote: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller
Ms. Sarah Nielsen has her Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts. Sarah has spent most of her working career in education. Whereas her experiences have been blended, she has spent the past few years as a Special Education Teacher in the Charter sector for middle school and high school aged students. Sarah loves children, active learning, nature, the outdoors and all creatures great and small. She is very excited to make this magical transition into an elementary classroom and also in joining the Coral Charter Community School family!
Ms. Mikayla Martinez
3/4 Boys Cohort Teacher & 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.
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.
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 several 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 a teacher for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. 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.
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.
Ms. Alexa Grodner
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.