A Child's Garden - Staff

Adriana Gomez

Assistant teacher

Alma Hernandez

Assistant teacher

Dinah Jaramillo


Ms. Dinah graduated with her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education in 1999. And her Bachelor's degree in 2005. Dinah joined ACG in 2014. She loves teaching the terrific twos. She has taught preschool for the last 21 years in both Los Lunas and Albuquerque Head Start programs.

Elisa Hernandez

Assistant Teacher

Elisa has been a teacher at A Child's Garden since 1985. She was one of the first TEACH scholars to receive her AA in early childhood education.

Elsie Coriz-Sandoval

Assistant Teacher

Elsie lives in Santo Domingo Pueblo. She is currently attending CNM to get her Bachelor's Degree  in Early Childhood Multi-cultural Education. She is proud of her culture, loves to read, go on walks and doing Zumba.

Emily Kinsky

Teacher - Toddlers

Emily has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education with 16 years of child care experience. She joined ACG in 2000. Emily teaches by theme through a play-based curriculum.

Gloria Romero


Gloria has been working as an Assistant Teacher since 2002. She has her GED and is currently working with Mind in the Making Early Childhood Teacher's Course. She takes advantage of every opportunity to be involved in Educational training. She loves working with children, spending time with her family, reading, and listening to music.

Gretchen Fenske

Administrative Assistant

Gretchen joined us in Summer 2012, and is the administrative assistant for director Mary Matteucci. You'll see Gretchen whenever you come and go, manning the front desk and answering the phone.

Gretchen brings experience from several previous jobs to her position at A Child's Garden, having experience in bookkeeping, secretarial work, real estate and working in a medical office.


Hope Bravo

Assistant teacher

Hope has been with ACG since the summer of 2012. She earned her B.S. in Human Development from the University of California Davis in 2007. After that worked as a nanny and infant teacher in California, and as a nanny and toddler teacher in Hawai'i, before relocating to ABQ in 2012. The nanny jobs were with six different sets of twins. She recently got married and had her first child, Nisa, who attends ACG.  In her free time whe likes to crochet, go for walks, and play with Nisa smile 

Karen Katzenberger

Resource teacher

Karen graduated from UNM with a Bachelor's degree in University Studies. She enjoys teaching sewing to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders in the summer at the Albuquerque Academy Summer Program.

Kari Salandre

Resource teacher

Kari has worked with ACG on and off since 1990. She is continually educating herself. She has 2 sons who both attended ACG. She loves to read to children and sharing her love for science.

Kathryn Morales

Art/Drama Teacher

Linda Rose

Teacher -- 3/4 yr olds

Linda has been working at ACG since 1986. She has worked with all ages. Her son, Danny, is an alumni and has a son. She loves being a Grandma, working and learning from the children.

Lynnette Sheridan

Teacher -- Toddlers

Melette Archuleta

Teacher -- 2 yr olds

Meredith Phillips

Teacher -- 2 yr olds

While working on her degree in Early Childhood, she was assigned to ACG for a practicum in a 3 year old classroom. She immediately applied for a job upon graduation because she found ACG to be a utopia for Early Childhood. After teaching for 3 years, she moved to London to complete her Master's degree in Educational Leadership. Meredith is so happy to be back in the classroom! She has wanted to teach Preschool since she was in preschool and can't imagine doing anything else.

Nia Sena

Toddlers Teacher

Nia, in 2009, became a Golden Apple Scholar. While working on her Bachelors Degree at UNM she worked at the NM National Dance Institute as a Tutor. Nia graduated from UNM May 2013 with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Multicultural Education. She began working at A Child's Garden that summer. She has worked with all age groups here at ACG.  She graduated in May 2015 with a Masters in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies. In her free time Nia enjoys salsa dancing.

Rebecca Benson

Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Becca has been teaching at A Child’s Garden since January 2013.  She recently graduated with her Bachelors from the University of New Mexico in December 2012 from the Early Childhood Multicultural Education program.  Prior to graduating, she taught at a private preschool in Albuquerque for four years and has been working at a church nursery since 2004 .  In her free time she works for a company called Stella & Dot as a stylist, babysits, and dabbles in crafting (inspired by Pinterest).

Samantha Shack

Teacher- 2 yr olds

Samantha has been with ACG since 2012. She has an AA in Early Childhood Education. She is currently pursuing a degree in Criminology. Samantha enjoys cooking and baking, being around family and going home to Zuni for their ceremonies.

Sandria Cook

Drama/Art teacher

Sandria has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art/Biology and another degree in Education. She began teaching at ACG under the directorship of Nancy Thomas. For the past several years she has been one of the Art/Drama teachers along with Kathryn Morales. She has taught at APS and at Head Start. Sandria has put in over 15+ years at ABQ Academy teaching ceramic sculpture during the summer session. 

She is also a practicing artist with mediums in clay and natural materials. She is member of FUSE, a group firing and maintaining the anagama wood kiln near Madrid, NM. It is Sandria's joy and privilege to explore and share with her students the art of storytelling, drama, song and dance, paint and paper, hands and hearts.

Sarah Lucero


Sarah has a Bachlor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been teaching since 2010 ages 1 to 6 years old. She uses the Interest Based Curriculum, Reggio inspired classroom where the focus is on what children are interested in and what they are able to do. She enjoys reading and cooking in and out of the classroom.

Sarah Morris

Assistant Teacher

Sarah has been a teacher at ACG since 1988, where she has taught two, three and four-year-olds. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in English Literature, Art History and Education, and has been a middle school and high school teacher. She is very proud of her son, daughter, son-in-law and "absolutely amazing" granddaughter who is four.

Susan Schulte

Resource teacher

Susan is a retired educator/librarian who just missed the young children, so she works at ACG part-time. She has a Ph. D. in Creativity in Education.

Tori Bushnell


Tori has her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked at ACG since 2008. She has a passion for the outdoors.

Wendy Wyman

Teacher- Infants

Wendy is originally from upstate New York where she received her Early Childhood Education degree. After college, she moved to New Mexico. Her career inlcudes 10 years at Albuquerque Preschool Co-op where she started the 2 year old program. She then worked at UNM Children's Campus where she was the first  teacher to have infants and was involved in starting the infant/toddler continuity of care rotation. She then became a grandmother and moved to ACG with her granddaughter, Madi. Wendy has been with ACG since 2003.

Yvette Gomez

Assistant teacher


Mary Matteucci

Mary Matteucci

Mary is pleased to have joined the ACG Team as Director in January 2015.  She was born and raised in Albuquerque and has attended First Presbyterian Church for most of her life.  She received her B.A. and teaching certificate from the University of San Diego in 1991 and completed her Graduate work at the University of San Diego, Texas Christian University, and the University of New Mexico.  She has been in the field of education for 25 years.  She is dually certified in General and Special Education.  Mary enjoys running, reading, traveling (especially to the beach) and playing games with her family which includes her husband, four fabulous children (three of whom attended A Child’s Garden) and her hound dog.