Diane Ball

Humanities Instructor | Ext. 205 | dball@eastmountainhigh.net

image of Diane BallDiane Ball is a is a Humanities Instructor with 23 years’ experience teaching History, English Literature, American Studies and Education classes for high school and university students. Diane earned her MA in Secondary Education and her PhD in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies from the University of New Mexico. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher, AP Reader, and Assistant Golf Coach. Her academic research is focused on the role of New Mexico in World War II, Civil Liberties during wartime, and the development of a course on Conspiracy Theories. Her great joy is to challenge students to think critically and never lose the joy of learning. Diane enjoys all things Disney, time near the ocean, a good game of golf, quilting and a great Broadway show.


Jennifer Bennecke

Receptionist | Ext. 100 | jbennecke@eastmountainhigh.net

image of Jennifer Benneckeis the Receptionist. She works in the Front Office, where there is never a dull moment! Jennifer and her family live in the East Mountains and she is the parent of two EMHS graduates, David and Jamie. In addition to her BA in English from Montana State University, Jennifer holds a certificate in word processing from Central New Mexico Community College.


Laura Berlin

image of teacher Laura BerlinLaura Berlin is the Gifted Education Coordinator and a Humanities Instructor. She spent nine years teaching English, drama, communication skills and dance at Eldorado High School before coming to EMHS as a member of the Humanities Department. She holds a BA in Theater and Dance, a BA in English Education, and MA in Adult Education and Training. In 2009, she earned the National Board Certification in ELA 7-12. In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her daughter, camping, hiking and doing yoga.


Marie Booth

Science Instructor | Ext. 300 | mbooth@eastmountainhigh.net

image of teacher Marie BoothMarie Booth is a Science Instructor and MESA Advisor. She is originally from El Paso, TX but has been living in NM for the past 16 years. She lives in Tijeras with her husband and four little girls. Marie graduated from UNM in 2012 with her degree in Secondary Science Education and taught at Roosevelt Middle School before coming to EMHS. She also holds a MA in Education from ENMU.


Gwen Brown

Office Manager | Ext. 114 | gbrown@eastmountainhigh.net

image of office manager Gwen-BrownGwen Brown is the Office Manager. Gwen is a parent to an EMHS recent graduate and has a currently enrolled student. She has her BS in General Studies from the University of Iowa and has made her home in the East Mountains for over 10 years. She enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as camping, cooking, music and reading.

Alan Chancellor

Math Instructor| Ext . 204 | achancellor@eastmountainhigh.net

image of Alan ChancellorAlan Chancellor lives in the East Mountains with his wife and three wonderful kids. A member of the Math Department, Alan spent more than two decades teaching math at Moriarty High School before joining the faculty of EMHS. He says the low student teacher ratio is something he appreciates, along with the longer class periods. When he isn’t teaching, you can find Alan hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife and three children. Alan holds a BS in Mathematics from Eastern New Mexico University.

Shawn Childers

Librarian | Ext. 164 | library@eastmountainhigh.net

image of Librarian Shawn-ChildersShawn Childers is the EMHS Librarian. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Endorsed in English, Social Studies, and Library Media, Shawn taught Humanities and Senior English at EMHS before taking on the role of the librarian. In that role, Shawn enjoys helping students research an array of diverse topics, especially during Inquiry and Discovery Projects. Shawn loves both living and working in the East Mountains. Her interests include books, cooking, eating, and gardening. Her twin sons keep her busy the rest of the time!


Therese Dorwart

Math Instructor | Ext. 206 | tdorwart@eastmountainhigh.net

image of teacher Therese-DorwartTherese Dorwart is a Math Instructor. She holds a BUS with post-degree certifications in math and PE and a MA in Educational Leadership, both from the University of New Mexico. Therese enjoys outdoor activities like white water kayaking, hiking, biking, camping, running, swimming, and skiing. Spending time with her adult children and playing the guitar are also favorite pastimes. Previously, Therese worked at Cibola High School and Eldorado High School for twelve years as a teacher and administrator. She designed and implemented award winning curriculum in Intel’s Applying Computers in Education Institute titled “Architecture from a Geometric Angle.” Therese has also worked as an adaptive aquatics instructor with the Arizona Office of Senior Affairs, YMCA and Special Olympics and coached a USS swim team.


Hannah Flake

Special Education Instructor | Ext. 101 | hflake@eastmountainhigh.net

image of Hannah-FlakeHannah Flake is the co-chair of the Special Education Department and the co-chair of the Speech & Debate Team. She most recently worked as a Special Education Teacher and Speech and Debate Coach at Pineville High School in Louisiana. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Fine Arts and Photography and received her Masters of the Art of Teaching from Louisiana College. Hannah earned her first diamond award from the National Forensic League in December 2014.


Thaddeus Garcia

image of custodian Thaddeus-GarciaThaddeus Garcia is a part of the East Mountain High School janitorial staff. He travels to EMHS from Albuquerque’s west side, where he lives with his family.



Carmen Healy

Humanities Instructor | Ext. 401 | chealy@eastmountainhigh.net

image of teacher Carmen-Healy Carmen Healy is an English instructor in the Humanities department. Carmen holds a BA in English Literature from Oregon State University and a MA in English Language and Literature with a Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of New Mexico. Carmen has taught college composition courses at UNM and CNM before joining the faculty at EMHS. Her interests include Victorian literature and culture, poetry, creative writing, and yoga. She is the faculty advisor for GLOW and the Doctor Who Club.



Nancy Holmquist

image of Nancy-HolmquistNancy Holmquist is the Business Manager. Nancy holds a BA in Business Administration and has extensive experience in the private sector as well as school business. She is married, has three grown children, three grandchildren and two dogs.

Business Manager | Ext. 166 | nholmquist@eastmountainhigh.net


Sierra Hostetler

Spanish Instructor | Ext. 104 | shostetler@eastmountainhigh.net

image of teacher Sierra-HostetlerSierra Hostetler is a Spanish teacher and the school’s English Language Learners Coordinator. She studied Spanish at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, and is currently working on her master’s degree at the University of New Mexico. International travel has been an important part of her Spanish studies, including stays in Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, and Peru. Many EMHS students know some Spanish from living in New Mexico or traveling themselves, and Señora Hache loves learning from them.


Michael Jamison

Humanities Instructor | Ext. 106 | mjamison@eastmountainhigh.net

Michael-JamisonMichael Jamison is a Humanities Instructor. Michael lives in an historic neighborhood in downtown Albuquerque. He holds a BA in History and Political Science from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania and a MAT in History from Rutgers University in New Jersey. His interests include listening to music, going to festivals/concerts; travel – like not too remote camping and discovering new places; cooking nutritious locally produced meals; environmental awareness – sustainability issues; bicycling- mountain and road; and reading- mostly non-fiction.


Tucker Janes

Special Education Dept. | Ext. 107 | tjanes@eastmountainhigh.net

Tucker-JanesTucker Janes is the Special Education Coordinator. He joins East Mountain High School from his previous role as the Special Education Coordinator and AP Psychology Instructor at BASIS Charter School in Tucson, Arizona. After relocating to New Mexico, Tucker chose East Mountain High School because he was looking for a demanding school with a strong sense of community and a love of learning. Tucker enjoys hiking, cooking, movies and martial arts. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and is looking forward to getting to know the awesome staff and students of East Mountain High School.


Phil Keller

PE Instructor / Asst. Athletic Director | Ext. 117 | pkeller@eastmountainhigh.net

Phil-KellerPhil Keller joins East Mountain High School from a stint at the University of Montana in Missoula as a graduate student and assistant distance track coach. Phil previous worked at EMHS as the PE teacher from 2003 to 2007 and will take over the same role. Phil notes how much has changed since he was last at EMHS; there was no gym or fitness center then. What hasn’t changed, he believes, that the students and parents at EMHS are second to none.


Toni Kuehn

Social Worker | Ext. 194 | tkuehn@eastmountainhigh.net

Toni-KuehnToni Kuehn is the Social Worker and has worked with teenagers since the early 1990s in a variety of social work settings. A graduate of the University of Iowa, she lives in the East Mountains with her husband and her two daughters. Toni believes that the school environment is a great place to provide social work services to students as the services blend in the broader academic environment and help students to be more successful. Toni is excited to implement anti-bullying efforts and to help all EMHS students be more engaged and feel more capable.


Elizabeth Kuehne

Humanities Instructor | Ext. 402 | ekuehne@eastmountainhigh.net

Elizabeth-KuehneElizabeth Kuehne is a Senior English Instructor and Student Council Sponsor. She holds a BA in Secondary English Education and a MA in English Literature, both from New Mexico State University. She is endorsed in both English and social studies and teaches post-secondary writing and research classes through EMHS and Central New Mexico Community College. She has taught high school and college courses for almost two decades, most of which have been at EMHS.


Vince Langan

Humanities Instructor | Ext. 400 | vlangan@eastmountainhigh.net

Vince-LanganVince Langan is the Economics and Government Instructor. Vince holds a BA in History from New Mexico Highlands University and a MA in Education from the University of New Mexico. His interests include travel, most recently to Africa, Asia, and Europe. He makes it a point to go to Mexico or Central America every year. He enjoys physical activities such as skiing (both cross country and downhill), mountain biking and tennis. Vince is a sponsor for Model UN. Prior to EMHS, he worked in sales and management for an automobile dealership as well as in advertising for the Yellow Pages.


Delina McKnight

Office Clerk | Ext. 111 | dmcknight@eastmountainhigh.net

Vince-LanganDelina McKnight is the Office Clerk. She assists in administrative functions of the school. She was in the Escrow/Title Business for over 18 years and is happy to have a change in career but mostly to be part of the EMHS staff. She is looking forward to the many new duties that are assigned to her daily. She and her husband have been residing in the East Mountains since 1984. She completed and received a certificate in Real Estate Law, Principles and Practice through Norris School of Real Estate and a certificate in Real Estate Finance course through Keyworth Real Estate Academy.


Amanda Forkasdi Millea

Assistant Principal | Ext. 167 | amillea@eastmountainhigh.net

Amanda-Forkasdi-MilleaAmanda Forkasdi Millea is the Assistant Principal and is responsible for academic and college guidance. Prior to becoming the Assistant Principal, Amanda was the Dean of Students and a Math Instructor at EMHS. She also taught College Success, a dual credit in the high school course through Central New Mexico Community College, since 2009. She came to EMHS in 2001 from Roosevelt Middle School. Amanda holds a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Math and a MA in Secondary Education, both from the University of New Mexico. Her interests include traveling, camping, cross-stitching and spending time with her husband and sons Miller and Sullivan.


David Naylor

Art Instructor/Athletic Director | Ext. 201/117 | dnaylor@eastmountainhigh.net

David-NaylorDavid Naylor is a Fine Arts Instructor, Coach, and the Athletic Director. David holds a BS in Secondary Education (Physical Science) from the University of Nevada. His interests include art, painting and drawing, woodworking, lapidary work, reading, sports, physical activities and his lovely wife and their three children. His artwork has been shown nationally, as he was included in New American Paintings in 2001 and was recently selected to participate in a lithography workshop at the prestigious Tamarind Institute in the fall of 2010. David’s work was shown in two separate shows in Nevada during the summer of 2011 that featured work by contemporary artists from the Great Basin area. David has served as the Athletic Director for the last 10 years, and has coached cross country and baseball for the last 12 years, during which he has guided EMHS teams to the first Charter School State Team Champions in the history of New Mexico (Baseball 2012, Girls Cross Country 2013), as well appearing in state competitions 29 times and has been selected as the statewide AA baseball Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2012, the AA Girls State Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013, the AAAA Boys State Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2015, and the Coach of the Year by the Mountain View Telegraph for the 2010-2011 school year. Over his tenure, he also has coached 7 individual state champions in boys and girls cross country, and had the New Mexico State AA baseball tournament MVP in 2012. Prior to EMHS, David taught and coached at Pyramid Lake junior/senior high school in Nixon, Nevada. He also worked as a bar and restaurant manager and a sommelier for a multi-million dollar Italian restaurant in a casino. David and his family live in the East Mountains.


Nicole Naylor

Spanish Instructor | Ext. 105 |  nnaylor@eastmountainhigh.net

Nicole-NaylorNicole Naylor is a Spanish Instructor and the Languages Department Chair. She holds a BA in Secondary Education/Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her interests include golf, scrap booking, gardening, crossword and other word puzzles, spending time with friends and family, watching movies and snuggling with her sons and daughter. She and her husband (also a teacher at EMHS) live in the East Mountains. Nicole enjoys the small class sizes at EMHS as well as the sense of community. She has been teaching at EMHS since 2003. She taught middle school in Nevada before coming to EMHS and has always been a Spanish teacher. She became a teacher straight out of college and loves to share Spanish and the Spanish speaking culture with her students.


Bird Podzemny

Student Advisor | Ext. 407 | bpodzemny@eastmountainhigh.net

Bird-PodzemnyBird Podzemny is the Student Advisor. She also teaches College Success, a dual credit in the high school course through Central New Mexico Community College. She is the parent of an EMHS graduate, two current EMHS students and one younger child. Before coming to East Mountain, she worked for the University of New Mexico.


Rob Robertson

Math Instructor | Ext. 202 | rrobertson@eastmountainhigh.net

Rob-RobertsonRob Robertson joins East Mountain High School from closer to home. After a career in the United States Air Force, Rob retired and began a second career as a math teacher. Rob spent a year teaching in Rio Rancho and seven years teaching at Manzano High School. We are now happy to welcome him to East Mountain High School. Rob is a graduate of Baylor University and enjoys golf and motorcycling as well as striving to be the best teacher he can be.


Marisa Salazar

Science Instructor | Ext. 302 | msalazar@eastmountainhigh.net

Marisa-SalazarMarisa Salazaris an Environmental Science, Biology and Anatomy & Physiology Instructor. She holds a BS in Earth and Planetary Sciences and a MA in Education: Curriculum Design and Instructional Leadership, both from the University of New Mexico. As a third-generation East Mountain native, Marisa has come to love the beauty, culture and community of the area. The opportunity to develop curriculum and projects that connect students to the community amidst an amazing staff and wonderful, wildly entertaining students keep her continuously motivated and excited to be at EMHS.


Stephanie Schuette

Humanities Instructor | Ext. 405 | sschuette@eastmountainhigh.net

Stephanie-SchuetteStephanie Schuette is a Humanities Instructor and comes to East Mountain as a UNM graduate, where she earned her BA in psychology in 2009. She is currently finishing her MA in secondary education from UNM. Currently the sponsor of National Honor Society and a co-coach of the EMHS cheer & dance team, Stephanie is eager to expand her connection to the East Mountain High community. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, snowboarding, reading, and traveling.


Bradd Schulke

Science Instructor | Ext. 306 | bschulke@eastmountainhigh.net

Bradd-SchulkeBradd Schulke is an Environmental Science and Martial Arts Instructor. He holds a BS in Biology from New Mexico State University and a MS in Evolutionary Ecology from the University of California. Bradd is a certified Russian Martial Arts Instructor and a graduate of the 27th Citizens Police Academy with the Albuquerque Police Department. He also attended the 2008 Marine Corps Educator’s Workshop. He was awarded the American Star of Teaching Award in the fall of 2006. His interests include martial arts, self defense, environmental and wildlife conservation. Bradd has been a teacher at EMHS since the school opened in 2000. Before EMHS, he taught at the college level for five years and also at Manzano High School. Bradd and his wife live in the East Mountains. His son, Arana, graduated from East Mountain High School in 2011.


Jesse Schwebach

Humanities Instructor | Ext. 103 | jschwebach@eastmountainhigh.net

Jesse-SchwebachJesse Schwebach teaches each section of English 9 and English 11 and the occasional philosophy class as a dual-credit option. Many freshman students report finding his courses to be one of the most challenging they encounter in their first year, but also one of their favorites—this is something he takes great pride in. He enjoys reading literature in unconventional ways and pushing people to think far, far outside of the box. His interests include grammatical militarism and cultural criticism, as well as chocolate, coffee, and David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest.


Wanda Sena

Educational Assistant | Ext. 101 | wsena@eastmountainhigh.net

Wanda-SenaWanda Sena is an Educational Assistant. She has been an EA for over 20 years now and enjoys working with students.


Monique Siedschlag

Principal | Ext. 112 | msiedschlag@eastmountainhigh.net

Monique-SiedschlagMonique Siedschlag is the Principal of EMHS. Monique holds an MA in Educational Leadership from Western New Mexico University and a BS in Mathematics from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR. She is originally from Wisconsin and is a tried and true, life-long Packer fan, but considers New Mexico home, as she has been here for over twenty years. Monique believes in being accessible to students and has an open door policy. Her commitment to holding students to high educational standards and in strengthening the rigor of classroom instruction to ensure academic excellence are fully aligned with East Mountain High School’s mission of preparing every student to succeed in college. In addition to serving as the Principal, Monique teaches Math at EMHS and is the Golf Coach.


Trey Smith

Foundation Director & Speech/Debate Director | 505-480-4481 | tsmith@eastmountainhigh.net

Trey-SmithTrey Smith is the Executive Director of the EMHS Foundation and the Director of the Speech and Debate program. He received his BA in English and Philosophy and his MA in Public Administration, both from the University of New Mexico. In 2015, he was named Runner-Up for National Coach of the Year by the National Speech and Debate Association; and voted the Outstanding Speech, Debate, Theater Educator of the Year by the National Federation of High Schools Section 6 (NM, TX, CO, AR, OK). He is the only active two-diamond coach in New Mexico and serves as the NM District Chair for the National Forensic League. Trey also serves on the Governing Board of the International Public Policy Forum, sponsored by New York University. He has coached 53 National Qualifiers and dozens of state champions in every event. Trey’s debate teams are consistently ranked among the top in the world. Trey received the ‘Top 40 Under Forty’ award from New Mexico Business Weekly and was voted “Most Influential” from the 2011 Top 40 class. Trey is a licensed Education Administrator, as well as holding teaching licenses for English, Social Studies, and Gifted Education. He enjoys trivia, current events, philosophy, politics, pop culture, traveling with his wife, and hiking with his dog.


Sarah Walker

Educational Assistant | 505-281-7400 | swalker@eastmountainhigh.net

Trey-SmithSarah Walker is an Educational Assistant for the Special Education Department. She is a native Alaskan that was a Special Education EA for 18 years at Muldoon Elementary in Anchorage, Alaska before moving to the East Mountains of New Mexico in 2010. She recently spent one year at MLK ES in Rio Rancho, NM as a Special Ed EA and 5 years at nearby San Antonito ES providing technology support before coming to East Mountain High School.


Brenda Wilvert

Math Instructor | Ext. 207 | bwilvert@eastmountainhigh.net

Brenda-WilvertBrenda Wilvert is a Math Instructor. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Civil Engineering and had a career as an engineer before becoming a teacher. She is also a National Board Certified teacher. Brenda and her husband have a son and two daughters, all graduates of East Mountain High School.


Carol Wirth

Registrar | Ext. 165 | cwirth@eastmountainhigh.net

Carol-WirthCarol Wirth is the Registrar, STARS Database Administrator and Asst. Testing Coordinator. She and her husband reside here in the East Mountains. Both of their children are graduates (Classes of ’10 and ’12) of East Mountain High School. Carol is a BA graduate of Wells College, Aurora, NY who enjoys jigsaw puzzles, adult coloring books, reading and gardening in her spare time. She looks forward to learning new things in her position and to conquering the challenges of dealing with state reporting.


Crystal Wood

Humanities Instructor | Ext. 403 | cwood@eastmountainhigh.net

woodcrystalmmm_9556Crystal Wood is a Humanities instructor. She has 20 years’ experience teaching English. Crystal has lived in New Mexico her whole life and loves every part of the state. She earned her BS from Eastern New Mexico University in Journalism and Telecommunications. She holds a MA from Middle bury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Crystal is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent English/Language Arts. Her Interests include: quilting, golfing, reading and spending time with friends and family.


Michael Wood

Music Teacher | Ext. 409 | mwood@eastmountainhigh.net

Michael-WoodMichael Wood is is the Music Instructor. Michael is a guitar player originally from Las Cruces, NM. He received his BFA in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of New Mexico under Michael Chapdelaine. On the weekends he plays guitar in a band. Michael also enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and son.