Faculty

2023-2024 School Year

Our student-to-faculty ratio ranges from 5:1 to 8:1. This enables us to meet the needs of each child by carefully observing and adjusting the learning environment to maximize skill development and enthusiasm for learning.

Front Office

Liza M Frolkis

head of school

Liza has had the honor of being part of the DMS Team since 2019 and has served in schools as a teacher and administrator for just shy of a decade. A midwest transplant, Liza came to Santa Fe after getting her BA from University of Michigan and working across the country in the arts and sustainable agriculture. Liza holds her Montessori Primary Certification through NAMC, is a trained yoga instructor, and a former small food grower and business owner. When not at school, you can find Liza keeping busy with her family and picking up random novels from the library.

Erin Cherry

facilitating administrator

Erin is serving as an administrator for her third year, after two years of teaching primary students at DMS. A graduate of UCLA, she taught elementary-aged art programs throughout California for five years, worked in costuming for film and television, and founded + ran a successful graphic design business. Outside of work, she enjoys baking, oil painting, and renovating her mountain home with her husband, two dogs, and three cats.

Primary

Frances Serrano

roadrunner Classroom Lead

Frances was the Director at the SER Child Development Center and an Early Interventionist & Case Manager with New Vistas. She has a degree in Early Childhood Development, is a parent of six children, and has served the Santa Fe Early Childhood community for over twenty-five years in various capacities including teaching at SFCC and First Presbyterian Child Development Center.

christine boston

roadrunner Classroom facilitator

Christine has worked in education in many capacities for over 12 years, starting as an Environmental Educator and Forester in the Peace Corps. Christine has primarily worked in a Waldorf Educational setting as a Gardening Teacher, Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher and as a Substitute Teacher working in Music, Language, Science and Math. Christine enjoys all the wonderful outdoor activities that New Mexico has to offer. In the wintertime she works as a ski instructor at Ski Santa Fe and enjoys a good cup of tea while knitting, sewing and doll making.

DeAnn Meadows

Los pollitos Classroom lead

DeAnn has her Early Childhood Development Certificate and Associates in Arts of Early Childhood Education, as well as her Infant/Toddler Certification through NAMC. She has worked in the Early Childhood Development field for over ten years. She is native to New Mexico and resides outside Santa Fe with her husband and their son.

Cecelia Romero-Likes

aspens classroom lead

In addition to degrees in early childhood education & counseling and educational psychology, Cecelia has worked with children as an educator, program director, and camp director for over ten years. Cecelia is passionate about creating an inclusive classroom and school environment for the whole family, and exposing students to perspectives they may not be familiar with.

daniela merediz

aspens classroom facilitator

Daniela was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She worked as a cooking instructor, tutor, nanny, and preschool teacher for the past 5 years in Florida, supporting safe, healthy, and nurturing learning environments in children of various cultural backgrounds and academic capabilities. In her free time, Daniela enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

augusta durham

pinon classroom lead

Augusta has a BA in Gender Studies from the University of Texas & a Master’s in Montessori Education from Loyola University. She has worked in Montessori schools since 2015, and has her Certification from the Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies. Augusta is passionate about working alongside children to create a community that supports every child’s needs.

jackson mauze

pinon classroom facilitator

Jackson Mauzé is a retired education volunteer of both AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps, and a former Early Head Start home visitor. Whether as a teacher, social worker, or soccer coach, his passion is encouraging creative expression in young people by providing them with equitable and enriching structure. Jackson graduated from Davidson College with a BA in Anthropology in 2016 and is currently completing his MA at St. John’s.

Elementary

Abbie Foley

Lower Elementary Classroom Lead

Abbie has 7 years of experience working with Lower Elementary students, and her Montessori Teaching Certificate from NAMC. After studying American Ethnic Studies and Anthropology at Willamette University, Abbie returned to her home state of Montana to run a small business. She has been teaching at Desert Montessori since 2017, leading with compassion and her love of learning.

susie george

Lower Elementary Classroom facilitator

Susie comes to DMS from the Santa Fe Waldorf School where she was a Lead Elementary teacher. Susie was a Music Together teacher teaching music to families for 7 years and has also taught clown classes to children at Wisefool New Mexico. She was a resident puppeteer with the Bread and Puppet Theater before moving to Santa Fe in 2012. She received her BA in Theatre Studies at Emerson College in Boston. Susie very much enjoys bursting out into song, being with her garden, needle felting and rocking in rocking chairs. She also plays the concert harp.

Lucy Keehn

Upper Elementary Classroom Lead

Lucy has 5 years of experience working in education and has a Masters of Elementary Education from Prescott College. Since graduating with a B.A. in Geology, Lucy has worked both as an educator and as a scientist. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, gardening and pottery.

Adam Ferguson

Upper Elementary Classroom facilitator

Over the past 14 years, Adam has worked with street children and taught English in schools all over India, and lived and worked in southern France as an English teacher, childcare provider, and working artist. Adam is a certified holistic nutritionist and has worked as the head cook/nutritionist for a pre-school in Albuquerque where he implemented more healthy, whole food, plant-based nutrition for the community. His interests range from art, music, nutrition, and geography to nature, and he has recently returned to school for creative writing. In his free time, Adam enjoys being in nature, reading, meditation, cooking, traveling and spending time with family. 

Specialty Teachers

samantha shepherd

art teacher

Samantha has 6 years of experience working in educational settings. She has a degree in Psychology from Loyola University and has worked as a primary and secondary school English teacher in both Thailand and Portugal. She has also worked as a behavior therapist in a center for Autism. Samantha’s experience in diverse classroom settings have helped inform her approach to teaching. In her free time she enjoys making art and traveling.

Judith Mace

Spanish Teacher, Nature Teacher

Judith’s passion for the Spanish language begin in 1995, when she studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico and in Malaga, Spain, and taught ESL in Venezuela. She holds a BA as well as a Masters in Education with emphasis to teach foreign language. She holds an AMI Montessori Certification and over 20 years of experience teaching Spanish. Judith enjoys hikes with her dog, gardening, meditiation, and traveling.

Aria Chiodo

aftercare teacher

bio coming soon!

kaitlyn kitts

aftercare teacher

bio coming soon!