Diane Ball

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

Dr. Diane Ball is a Humanities Instructor with 23 years’ experience teaching History, English Literature, American Studies and Education for high school and college students. Diane earned her PhD in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies from the University of New Mexico. Her academic research is focused on the role of New Mexico in World War II-specifically Japanese-
American Internment and civil liberties during wartime. She is also Project Coordinator for the NPS Confinement Sites in New Mexico Grant and Executive Director of the NM Council for the Social Studies. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, AP Reader, and Assistant Golf Coach. Diane was named one of five finalists for the National History Teacher of the Year. She earned this distinction after being named the 2018 New Mexico History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institue of American History. Her great passion 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.

Tamara Bibo

College and Career Readiness Counselor.

Tamara earned her MA from UNM in Counseling. Before joining EMHS she was a School Counselor for 9 years at New Mexico Connections Academy, Rio Rancho High School, and Hogares/APS Mental Health in the Schools. Tamara is also a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor. She has worked in private practice for 7 years. Tamara has 4 children and has lived in East Mountains for 15 years. Her interests include spending time with her family and friends, going to her kids’ sporting events, hiking and traveling (or watching Rick Steves and dreaming of traveling).


Jennifer Bennecke

Receptionist | Ext. 100 | jbennecke@eastmountainhigh.net

image of Jennifer BenneckeJennifer Bennecke is the Receptionist. She works in the Front Office where there is never a dull moment! Jennifer is the parent of two EMHS graduates, David and Jamie, and has lived in the East Mountains for over 25 years. In addition to her BA in English from Montana State University, Jennifer holds a certificate in word processing from Central New Mexico Community College. Her hobbies include horses, friends, and her 2-year-old grandson.


Lynsey Bohannon

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

sey Bohannon is an English and History Instructor. Lynsey holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Kaplan University. She has taught English and History for seven years in a secondary setting. She also taught Creative Media at NMSU-Grants for three years. Lynsey’s interests include hiking and enjoying the outdoors with her family and her dogs and reading anything that strikes her interest (usually British literature or about British culture). She also loves exploring the world and has been to 20 countries and 25 states!


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, Texas, but has been living in New Mexico for the past 16 years. She lives in Tijeras with her husband and five little girls. Marie graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Secondary Science Education and taught at Roosevelt Middle School before coming to EMHS. She also holds a MA in Education from Eastern New Mexico University.


Gwen Brown

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

Gwen Brown is the Office Manager. Gwen is a parent to two EMHS graduates. She graduated from the University of Iowa and has made her home in the East Mountains for over 13 years. She enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as hiking, cooking and exploring new projects/interests.


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 and dual credit courses. 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!

Cynthia Daly

Gifted Coordinator| Ext. 403 | cdaly@eastmountainhigh.net

Cynthia Daly is the Gifted Coordinator and a Humanities Instructor. Cynthia is originally an Ozarkian from Springfield, Missouri, but she has lived in New Mexico for the past 16 years, via Kansas, Georgia, and Colorado. She earned her BA from Missouri State University and her MA in English from the University of Kansas. Her past vocations include teaching English, raising alpacas and dairy goats, raising kids, watching migrating hawks, and teaching elementary art. Cynthia is the case manager for gifted freshmen and sophomores at East Mountain and is working on her Gifted endorsement. She also coordinates the Academic Internship program, teaches 9th and 10th grade English and is a co-sponsor for Youth and Government.


Robbie Dolce

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

Robbie Dolce lives in Moriarty with her husband and six kids: five boys and one girl. A member of the Math Department, Robbie has dedicated 26 years to teaching math in several high schools which include Moriarty High School, El Camino Real Academy, Highland High School, and Estancia Valley Classical Academy before joining the faculty of EMHS. She appreciates the hard work and dedication that the students put towards their education and really enjoys the faculty and staff as they are all hard working individuals who care about the welfare of their student body. In her spare time, Robbie enjoys baking, puzzles, sudoku, and visiting with friends and family. On a basketball scholarship, Robbie graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a BS in Mathematics and Physical Education.

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 Teacher

Hannah has a BAFA in Fine Art and an MAT in Special Education, and is also certified to teach general education in English, Social Studies, and Fine Art. She is the coach of the East Mountain Speech and Debate Team, and was awarded 2019 Speech Coach of the Year from the New Mexico Speech and Debate Association. Ms. Flake has held office as president of the NMSDA, and is now the District Chair of the New Mexico District of the National Speech & Debate Association, serving on the host committee of the 2020 National Speech and Debate Tournament. Ms. Flake enjoys baking, logic puzzles, and reading, but spends most of her time chasing her toddler. She and her family live in Cedar Crest.


Thaddeus Garcia

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

 


Kasi Giovenco

Special Education | Ext. 101 | kgiovenco@eastmountainhigh.net

Kasi Giovenco is a Special Education Instructor and Volleyball Coach. Kasi holds a BS in Physical Education and is certified in Special Education and Reading Intervention from Towson University in Maryland. Before coming to East Mountain, Kasi taught in the Moriarty Edgewood School District in the Severe and Profound classroom as lead teacher for 3rd-5th grades. For the past four years, Kasi has been the Varsity Volleyball Coach here at East Mountain and looks forward to building the program. She currently lives in Edgewood with her husband, their brand new baby boy Gibson and their three dogs. In her spare time, Kasi loves going to concerts, playing sports, and traveling back home to the East Coast to visit friends and family.

Carmen Healy

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

image of teacher Carmen-HealyCarmen Healy is an English Instructor. 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 SAGA.


Nancy Holmquist

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

Nancy 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, and four grandchildren.


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 at La Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico. She has her MA in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies from 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 has been at EMHS for six years and serves as the Special Education Coordinator. Before coming to New Mexico, he taught Psychology and Humanities for 20 years at schools in Massachusetts and Arizona. Tucker enjoys hiking, cooking, movies and martial arts, but spends most of his free time chasing his toddler. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and is grateful to the awesome staff and students of East Mountain High School. EMHS has helped him find his wife, a fish tank, several frisbees, and the best dang Advocacy group in the school.


Phil Keller

PE Instructor | Ext. 117 | pkeller@eastmountainhigh.net

Phil-KellerPhil Keller teaches health and physical education. He is the head coach for track & field and assistant coach for cross country, as well as serves as the Assistant Athletic Director. Phil taught at EMHS from 2003-2007 and returned in 2012 from five years in Montana. He holds a BS from North Dakota State University and a MS from the University of Montana. Phil is also married with two young children. Phil believes very strongly in the relationships built between students and staff at EMHS and especially loves the friendships and bonds created in athletics.


David King

David King is part of our janitorial staff. He lives in the East Mountains.

 

 


Toni Kuehn

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

Toni 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 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 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, Central New Mexico Community College and Wayland Baptist University. She has taught high school and college courses for almost two decades, most of which have been at EMHS. She is a published author and also writes in a weekly blog where she examines life and “things.” Her favorite quote is “words, words, words” from Hamlet.

Krysten Lingner

Educational Assistant

Krysten (Krys) McFadden-Lingner is excited to be back in her home town of Albuquerque after living for the past 5 years in Pennsylvania. Though she lives in the city, the East Mountain community holds a special place in her heart after teaching kindergarten and 1st grade at Prince of Peace Lutheran School. She most recently has worked for Albuquerque Public Schools as a district wide, K-12 substitute teacher. Krys earned bachelor degrees in both Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of New Mexico. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, reading and spending time with her two daughters, Ashley and Madison and her French Bulldog, Stormy.


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 and her husband have been residing in the East Mountains since 1984.


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. She is also the testing coordinator, manages databases like PowerSchool, Naviance and x2VOL, and oversees the school’s dual credit program. 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. She came to EMHS in 2001 during the school’s second year 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, watching Hallmark movies and spending time with her husband and sons Miller and Sullivan


Art & Science Instructor| Ext. 201/117 | dnaylor@eastmountainhigh.net

David Naylor

David-NaylorDavid Naylor is a Fine Arts Instructor, Science Instructor, and Coach. 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 selected to participate in a lithography workshop at the prestigious Tamarind Institute in 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. He has coached 7 individual state champions in boys and girls cross country, and had the New Mexico State AA baseball tournament MVP in 2012.  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.

Adelynn Nee

Development Director

Adelynn is also a proud alumnus of EMHS. Before returning to EMHS, she explored countries and languages earning her two bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and French from UNM, where she is also currently pursuing a Masters of Public Policy. Her love of organization, communication, community engagement and adventure has brought her back to the East Mountains to help with the fundraising and development of our unique school.


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.


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

Bird Podzemny

Bird-PodzemnyBird Podzemny is the Student Advisor. She is the disciplinarian, teaches College Success, a dual credit course through Central New Mexico Community college, oversees student community service hours and works with struggling students. She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Bird holds a BA in Communications and a MA in Counseling, both from the University of New Mexico. Bird is committed to working with students to help them succeed – not just academically, but in their life as they become more mature and independent. Bird and her husband Doug have four amazing children: Dominic and Chase, who both graduated from EMHS, Cole a current student, and Ava who is in middle school.


Marisa Salazar

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

Marisa-SalazarMarisa Salazar is 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-Schuette
Stephanie Schuette found her calling in teaching world history and working at East Mountain High School! Since starting at EMHS in 2014, she has a plethora of experiences under her belt, ranging from teaching yearbook and English intervention, starting the AP program in 2017, coaching cheer and dance, and heading school’s NHS chapter as well as the staff’s Party Planning Committee. When Stephanie is not being a busy-bee and saying yes to too many things, she’s making connections with students, grading papers and planning lessons, or finishing her Masters in History through ASU. (Just kidding, she’s probably actually doing yoga, cooking, playing with her dogs, or traveling.)


Bradd Schulke

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

Bradd-SchulkeBradd Schulke is an Environmental Science and Biology 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 2006 American Star of Teaching Award. 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 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 English, Economics, Government and philosophy 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.

 


Trey Smith

Principal | 505-281-7400 x.112 | principal@eastmountainhigh.net

Trey Smith is the Principal of EMHS. Mr. Smith is a longtime employee of EMHS, having served in a variety of positions, including Gifted Coordinator, Student Advisor, and Chair of the Humanities Department. Most recently, Mr. Smith served as the Executive Director of the EMHS Foundation and the Director/Founder of the Speech and Debate program. Mr. Smith holds a license in Education Administration, as well as teaching licenses for English, Social Studies, and Gifted Education. He received his BA in English and Philosophy and his MA in Public Administration, both from the University of New Mexico. Mr. Smith received the ‘Top 40 Under Forty’ award from New Mexico Business Weekly and has been a featured TED Talk speaker. In 2020, he will serve as host of the National Speech and Debate Tournament, the world’s largest academic competition. He recently served on Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller’s transition team. He enjoys traveling with his wife and being involved in local community projects.


Brenda Wilvert

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

Brenda-WilvertBrenda Wilvert is a Math Instructor; she is also certified to teach science, music, and gifted education. 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 holds National Board Certification in adolescent and young adult mathematics, and is an AP Calculus instructor. Brenda has 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 Assistant Testing Coordinator. She and her husband reside here in the East Mountains. Both of their children are graduates of East Mountain High School, classes of ’10 and ‘12. Carol holds a BA from Wells College, in Aurora, New York, and 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 22 years’ experience teaching English. A native New Mexican, Crystal has taught in many areas of the state before coming to EMHS. She earned her BS from Eastern New Mexico University in Journalism and Telecommunications. She also holds a MA from Middlebury 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-Wood

Michael Wood is the Music Instructor. He is a guitar player originally from Las Cruces. He received his BFA in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of New Mexico under Michael Chapdelaine. First and foremost, he is a family man who enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and son. He has shared the stage with many amazing artists such as Ryan Montano, Marcus Anderson (Prince and Cee-Lo Green Saxophone player), Four80East, Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters, Lindsey Webster and many more. Some of his favorite bands that he plays with are the Diamond Empire Band and the original project called Citizens of Tape City.