Staff Directory

The Estancia Valley Classical Academy Staff Directory

Mrs. Kerry Jenkins

Mrs. Kerry Jenkins

English & Literature Instructor

Kerry Jenkins grew up in a military family, spending much of her youth in Hawai’i. Her parents retired in coastal Virginia where she went to high school and enjoyed the treasures of Jamestown, Yorktown, Colonial Williamsburg and Fort Monroe. She attended college at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and received her B.S. in Foreign Service. After studying for one year at the University of Madrid in Spain, Kerry travelled through Europe doing volunteer work in Youth Camps. She then attended Old Dominion University in Virginia and received her M.A. in English. Kerry moved to northern California where she taught English as a Second Language for nine years at Mission College and other adult language centers. In 2002 she relocated to Hilo, Hawai’i and taught English as a Second Language at Hawai’i Community College. In 2003 Kerry and her husband moved to Tijeras. She taught English as a Second Language to adults at Catholic Charities in Albuquerque for 14 years before joining EVCA.

Contact

Email: [email protected]

Mr. Dennis Koehler

Mr. Dennis Koehler

Student Services EA

Mr. Dennis Wayne Koehler attended high school in El Paso Texas at Eastwood high school and graduated in 1972 Immediately joined the Southern Pacific Railroad as a telegrapher clerk writing train orders for the conductors and engineers, also controlling east and west bound traffic through town, after 15 years of Railroad service he took a buy out and retired early from the SPRR.
Mr. Koehler went to work for a family construction company RD Lowman General Contractors starting out as a laborer learning the construction industry, learning how men work and how long it takes to preform job task, which enabled him to learn estimations and job takeoff preparing take offs for bid day, also learning Project management skills and he was always the safety director.
Mr. Koehler in 1998 traveled back toward east Texas looking for construction companies to work for after his family company closed in 1998. Worked for different companies until 2009 and landed a job with the Army Corps of Engineers in Albuquerque New Mexico at the USACE district headquarters, after a year of learning Contract modifications a resident engineer named Frank Parker needed a Quality Control Representative at Gallup New Mexico, at the Fort Wingate boarding High school for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Mr. Parker hired him as a GS 11 809. Mr. Koehler saw a computer advertisement for volunteers wanted in Afghanistan, he answered the add and a Colonel from Kabul Afghanistan answered and said come on over, so a year later after the punch out of the 68-million-dollar Fort Wingate and Crownpoint elementary schools. Mr. Koehler was on his way to Gardez Afghanistan, Afghanistan National Army base FOB Lightning to work as a GS 11 809 office engineer and QAR Quality Assurance Representative, building clinics, roads, a Afghanistan National Police headquarters the one in Jaji Paykia province on the Pakistan border, serving 4 tours or 2 years and was promoted to GS 12 809.
Mr. Koehler went to work for Victor corporation in 2013 and in 2014 started a job with Comanche Nation out of Oklahoma they had a lot of government contracts on military bases and with the BIA Bureau of Indian Affairs, worked out at White sands missile Range working with DTRA Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Sandia Labs, United States Army, and many contractors.
Mr. Koehler retires early in 2017 at 62 years old to raise his granddaughter and to be at flag ceremonies every morning at Estancia Valley Classical School, his son Jesse Lowman Koehler had found this charter school which is a Hillsdale College charter.
Mr. Koehler is an Artist and has done Art shows throughout the southwest of New Mexico.
Mr. Koehler decided to go back to work and received his NM substitute and teacher Assistant certificate and was hired at Estancia Valley Classical Academy and has started working with Student Services.

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Mrs. Julie Kraus

Mrs. Julie Kraus

Coordinator of Student Life

Mrs. Kraus has been with EVCA in one capacity or another since 2016. Among the many hats she wears, she is delighted to be currently serving as the District Test Coordinator, Dual Credit Coordinator, and Student Success Advisor.  Mrs. Kraus has a bachelor’s degree in office administration and a minor in English.  She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Academic Counseling at West Texas A&M.  In addition to her office tasks, Mrs. Kraus loves serving as the Student Government staff advisor, a position she has enjoyed since the 2018 school year. She and her husband have lived in Edgewood for 19 of their 25 years of marriage. The Kraus family has 5 amazing kids, all of whom have attended EVCA.

Contact

Phone: 505-431-3822 ext. 44

Email: [email protected]

Mrs. Dawn Krout

Mrs. Dawn Krout

Grammar School EA

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Email: [email protected]

Dr. Gerard Lavin

Dr. Gerard Lavin

Literature & Performing Arts Instructor

Dr. Gerard Lavin, who taught at EVCA for the 2014-2015 school year, is returning after completing his PhD in British and Irish Literary Studies at the University of New Mexico, with a focus on the interactions between textual and oral cultures in the Middle Ages.  His dissertation examined the uses of oral rhetoric in the works of the Venerable Bede. He also holds an MFA in Theatre from Michigan State University and a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame. He has taught courses in literature, writing, and drama at a variety of universities and high schools.

Contact

Email: [email protected]

Mrs. Lori Littlefield

Mrs. Lori Littlefield

Student Services EA

Mrs. Littlefield was born and raised in Meridian, Idaho, the last of eight children.  She graduated with honors from Meridian High School and went on to Ricks College (now known as BYU-Idaho) in Rexburg, Idaho.  Before she could finish, she had the great opportunity to become a wife and mother. She and her husband have been married for thirty-six years and are the parents of five children and six grandchildren.  Her youngest daughter graduated from EVCA in 2018.  Mrs. Littlefield has always loved to volunteer, including being a Girl Scout Brownie and Junior Leader for her daughters and on the parent committee and a Merit Badge Counselor for Boy Scouts for her sons. When her daughter started at EVCA she also began to volunteer on the Special Events Committee and has been overseeing the Renaissance Fair for the last four years.  She volunteered to tutor students in reading, which lead to getting her substitute license.  With encouragement from the Special Education department, Mrs. Littlefield applied for her EA license and has been working with SPED students for two years.  She thoroughly enjoys working with students one-on-one to help them achieve their greatest potential.  She has decided to pursue a teaching degree as a Secondary English teacher and is currently enrolled at CNM. When she is not at the school or in front of her computer doing homework, you will find her teaching piano lessons or in her garden growing fruits and vegetables.  She also loves to preserve (or can) that produce, knit, crochet, quilt, sew, embroider, scrapbook, do genealogy work, and best of all, skype with her grandchildren.

Contact

Email: [email protected]

Mrs. Mariaelena Lovato

Mrs. Mariaelena Lovato

Grammar School EA

Mariaelena Lovato is joining our EVCA family this year as an Educational assistant. She attended Central New Mexico Community College and graduated with honors. She received her associate degree in Liberal Arts in 2009. Mariaelena was proudly raised in the East Mountains with strong values in faith and family. She married her high school sweetheart and has two beautiful daughters who attend EVCA.  Being able to work alongside her children is a dream come true. As a family, they love spending time camping, hunting, fishing and swimming.

Contact

Email: [email protected]

Mrs. Tootsie Mackrain

Mrs. Tootsie Mackrain

Health & Literature Instructor

Mrs. Mackrain has been a staff member of the EVCA faculty since the first year the school opened. One of her favorite memories from the beginning was seeing the parts of the original building going by on Route 66 with the staff cheering in the background a few days before the start of school. She enjoys working with students and parents in helping them to achieve success with their life goals. Mrs. Mackrain has taught a variety of classes at EVCA and has a background working in multicultural settings. Mrs. Mackrain has four children, the youngest attended EVCA since first grade.

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Email: [email protected]

Ms. Joy Maes

Ms. Joy Maes

Speech Therapist

Joy Maes is a native New Mexican. She has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for the past 15 years after graduating from both UNM and NMSU. She has spent those years working in public schools, with children of all ages and abilities. She also has experience working with children in clinics and in their homes. Joy enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family including her 9-year-old daughter and their pets. In her spare time, she fosters animals and volunteers at events and fundraisers for various animal rescues, shelters, and sanctuaries.

Contact

Email: [email protected]

Mrs. Emily Marquez

Mrs. Emily Marquez

Physical Education EA

Emily Marquez was born, raised and currently resides in the East Mountains. She attended The University of New Mexico studying dance. In 2010 she acquired ownership of a dance studio in Edgewood, NM. For seven years she was owner, operator and head instructor teaching many styles of dance to all ages. During this time, Emily directed and staged thirteen performances including the Nutcracker Ballet and Peter Pan. Emily also directed a competitive dance team, winning many awards such as “Best Choreography” and “Dare to be Different.” In 2018 she sold her business to become a stay at home mom. In 2022, after her youngest son started Kindergarten Emily started working at EVCA as a substitute teacher. In March of 2023 she became an Educational Assistant in Physical Education. Emily will continue in this current position. Emily is married and has three boys, two of which attend EVCA. She loves reading, gardening, camping, traveling and volunteering at church.

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Email: [email protected]

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