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110 Paseo del Cañon West Taos, NM 87571

Staff Directory

Department List

Julian Cisneros
Julian Cisneros - BA in Biology
Academic Advisor, Math Instructor, Behavior Coordinator
“You are the salt of the earth, so be salty!”
“You are the light of the world, so let it shine before men in such a way that it will glorify your Father in Heaven”.

~Jesus
Gayle Densow
Gayle Densow - BA in Sociology/Anthropology w/minor in History; and a MA in English and Reading Instruction
College Link-UNM Advisor/Administrator
Greetings and Welcome! As an artist, my family could honestly say my interests were evident early on from the walls of my childhood home. I used those walls as a canvas! My Mom was so patient and supportive and saved most of my work. (Thanks, Mom!) I grew up as an Army Brat and we lived all over the U.S. and parts of the world. I always looked forward to the next new place. One could say I was always the 'new kid'. But, the beginnings of my 'global thinking' probably began in childhood. My Dad was my guide to the natural world, fly fishing, auto mechanics, music, and baseball. Both of my parents were bibliophiles. I was SO busy with many interests and it was years later that I heard the term 'lifelong' learner. For me as an educator my mantra and goal for all of my students is to begin with the end in mind. I hold a BA in Sociology/Anthropology w/minor in History; and a MA in English and Reading Instruction and Curriculum. I have endorsements in Social Studies, English, Reading Specialist (literacy coach). I have been a Curator of Education in two major U.S. zoos where I developed and instructed interpretive curriculum for 100+ adult docents and coordinated 100+ Junior Zookeepers who volunteered throughout the zoo under Master Keepers' supervision. I served on two Master Planning committees to work with internationally acclaimed architects to design exhibits and develop interpretive materials. I also wrote grants for funding educational programs. I have dedicated my life to this profession with no regrets. It's the second most important job in the world right behind being a good parent.
Cruz Duran
Cruz Duran
STEM Administration
Jose Espinoza
Jose Espinoza
Facilities Coordinator
Dr. Traci Filiss
Dr. Traci Filiss - EdD
Executive Director/Superintendent
My career in educational innovation began as a High School Science teacher in Woodstock, VT and continued into NM inspiring kids as a teacher at Enos Garcia and Eagle Nest Elementary. As an innovative teacher I understood that change in educational opportunities was greatly needed. I received my MS in Educational Technology and later my EdD Doctor of Education Administration. Taos Academy's hybrid model was developed with the flexibility of digital learning with the strength of relational learning found in face to face instruction. As founder of Taos Academy it is my philosophy that by providing an environment for kids to feel empowered, encouraged, and inspired supports the mission and vision of TA for developing student ownership of  lifelong learning.
Jeanette Henshaw
Jeanette Henshaw - BS /Moderate Special Needs/Elementary Education
Special Education Coordinator
Before taking on the role of Special Education Coordinator Ms. Henshaw has been an advisor, Special Education and Math Enrichment Teacher here at Taos Academy.  She originally moved to Taos with her daughter to teach at TISA.  She has taught in the UK, NC, MA and VA.  Ms. Henshaw has taught in both regular education and special education schools.  She has taught all core subject areas and several electives (drama, newspaper, animal care, student government, NJHS).  She has taught mainly at the Middle School and High School level.  She was brought up with a creative arts background and spent half of her life overseas in the UK and Germany,  Her parents were a graphic artist and the Music and Theatre Director for the US Army.  She enjoys traveling and bringing the arts into her curriculum.  She has presented workshops on Multiple Intelligences and Student Engagement.  She loves being part of the Taos Academy Family.  She is always here to help.  Feel free to drop her a line with any education questions you may have.
Ruben Hernandez
Ruben Hernandez
IT Administrator
I enjoy the outdoors and being with my family. Smart technology integrations into the school environment is my forte. Students, parents and staff tech security is my main priority. Taos Academy is the school to be at!


Lisa Joseph
Lisa Joseph - BS Secondary Education Social Studies, MAOM, MATE, NBCT
Academic Advisor & Middle School Plus Program Coordinator
I love teaching and learning and have taught High School through Kindergarten students in my 30+ years as an educator. I taught in Colorado and then settled here in Taos in 2009. I have made many friends here and enjoy riding my horses in the mountains of this beautiful state.
I earned an Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood National Board Certification in Library Media and have been a facilitator of National Board Certification Support classes for teachers. I also have a secondary education degree in Social Studies and Masters Degrees in Organizational Management and Educational Technology

H. Warren Kelly
H. Warren Kelly - BFA, MAed
Dean of Students, 21c Instructor, ELL Coordinator
Raised in Tijeras, NM, Warren has taught over 28 years in public, public charter, and international schools in Los Angeles, New York City, Lima Peru, Alabama, and Northern New Mexico.   His interests include Restorative Practices, bilingual education, philosophy, civics, ranching, skiing, swimming and painting. Also dad jokes ... sorry.
Patti Kravitz
Patti Kravitz - B.S. K-12 Special Education PE/Health Endorsement
PE/Wellness/Health Advisor Special Education Advisor Athlete Coordinator
I have been in education for 10 yrs in various roles in Ohio, Colorado, and here in Taos. I am also a professional Voiceover artist as well as have been in the health and wellness world for over 30 yrs as a Musculoskeletal Therapist/Personal Trainer working with all ages (MY OTHER PASSIONS). I enjoy working with youth providing them with tools for their toolbox for life¨. When not working with kids I am either behind my mic, running, hiking, stretching, keeping my mind/body/ spirit in balance. 
Estelle Laure
Estelle Laure - BA in Theatre Arts, MD in Writing
Adviser, ELA Teacher
I'm an academic advisor for both middle and high school, an ELA teacher, as well as a National Junior Honor Society sponsor. I hold an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and am a published author of books for young adults and children. I'm passionate about cultivating self-discovery and self-advocacy in students through the study of literature, history, and creative writing, and am pleased and honored to be able to do so as part of the Taos Academy team. When not at Taos Academy I'm the curator of the Young Writers Program at SOMOS, but mostly I read and spend time with my family and my abundance of pets.
Elizabeth LeBlanc
Elizabeth LeBlanc - MA in Educational Technology and Curriculum Design
Director of Teaching and Learning
Elizabeth LeBlanc is a passionate educator, teacher and mom living at high altitude. She has 15 years of experience in the design and implementation of high-quality blended learning programs. Elizabeth is the founder and project coordinator for the Taos Education Collaborative (TEC) and received the NMSTE 2019 "Making IT Happen!" award. She is incredibly proud to be a part of the Taos Academy team. 
Amy Lucero
Amy Lucero
Administrative Assistant
Jamie Lucero-Martinez
Jamie Lucero-Martinez - B.U.S.- University Studies Music/Creative Writing, M. Ed Educational Administration
STEM +Arts Coordinator, School Test Coordinator, 21st Century Instructor, Equity Council Lead
Tami Martinson
Tami Martinson - MS in Teaching and Learning
Advisor
I am an Academic Advisor, and I teach High School and Middle School English Language Arts Enrichment. I also sponsor Middle School Student Advisory Council. I hold a Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning from Colorado State University Global Campus, and I enjoy reading, writing, and lifelong learning. 
Tim Martinson
Tim Martinson
Math Tutor, SMART Lab Teacher, E-Sports Coach
I am a Taos Academy alumnus, and I currently attend Arizona State University Online. I co-teach SMART Lab with Ms. Lucero-Martinez and Ms. Moulton, and I support students in math through tutoring and math enrichment classes. I primarily work with grades 5-9 but I also am available to tutor grades 10-12. I also coach the chess club as well as the E-sports team. 
Karin Moulton
Karin Moulton - BA in Graphic Arts, NM Teaching License K-12
Taos Academy Co-Founder, Community Coordinator, GC Non Voting Member
Mrs. Karin Moulton has been an educator for 25 years in both public and private schools. Mrs. Moulton has been recognized for her work with the gifted and talented. She has gained the respect and recognition for being a highly effective teacher as well as an advocate for student rights. With this experience Mrs. Moulton brings the understanding of the importance for students to have the 21st century leadership skills necessary to succeed in the modern world. Skills such as creative critical thinking, collaboration and communication, global awareness, personal responsibility and career and life skills are all important in today’s world.
 “Every child in public school should have an individualized plan for their education.  Families shouldn’t have to pay tuition at a private school in order to get their needs met.  Education of a child is more than academics alone.  It takes experiences with peers and within the community, interactions that develop communication and problem solving skills.  Taos Academy is an inherent part of preparing our children to be successful in their lives.”
Kelci Pike
Kelci Pike - BA in Arts, Teaching License in Secondary Education with a focus in Social Studies
21st Century Educator, Math Enrichment Teacher, Career Pathways Teacher, ECHS Liason
After working for a high school global service learning program, Rustic Pathways, for 5 years, I came to Taos Academy excited to work with the wonderful youth of our Taos community. I graduated from Brandeis University with a focus in International Studies and Sociology. At Taos Academy I have the pleasure of teaching several subjects including Global Studies, Leadership, Career Pathways, Geometry and Pre-Algebra. 
Pamela Rodriguez
Pamela Rodriguez
Administrative Assistant
10 Years of Experience in School Administrative Assistant positions
Cal van Willigen
Cal van Willigen - MA Degree in Education
5th & 6th Grade Adviser
Cal van Willigen began his teaching career in southern Colorado where he earned a MA Degree in Education from Adams State University. Returning to his hometown of Taos, NM he has a certain "joie de vivre" that permeates into the classroom and creates a fun, exciting learning environment.
Jason Weisfeld
Jason Weisfeld - BS in Wildlife/ Evolutionary/ Biology and Ecology
Advisor, Career Pathways Teacher and 7th & 8th Grade Science/Math Enrichment Teacher
I was born and raised in Taos. This is my 22nd year of teaching. My passions include my family, teaching, learning, spending time in the great outdoors and playing music. Tier 3 NM Teaching Licence
Master of Science Teaching from NM Tech.