Patricia Pantano, Education Director, has AMI training on the Primary and Elementary levels and a BA in Sociology from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. She studied and taught in Tokyo, Japan, for 2 years before teaching Montessori pre-school in 1975. She spent another 12 years at the elementary level in both public and private schools. She was Middle School Coordinator and teacher at the St. Alcuin Montessori School in Dallas from 1986 -1998 where she began her work with adolescents. She believes strongly in the power and capacity of the adolescent in real-world situations. She is a member of NAMTA and AMI, a former board member of AMI-EAA and the Labyrinth Resource Group in Santa Fe. In 2013 she joined the staff of the NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies, working in Cleveland, Sweden and Mexico.  She plays marimba, piano and guitar, loves to sing, be outdoors and work with her hands.

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Greg Nussbaum, Business & Farm Director, has a BA in Philosophy from University of Notre Dame, MA in Economics from Catholic University and MBA from University of Texas at Dallas. He coordinates the students’ work with what needs to be done on the farm. He teaches entrepreneurial studies, farm-related subjects such as anatomy, plant and soil science, machine mechanics, animal husbandry, etc. He was a member of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Board of Directors and also served as a board member of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute. He completed the NAMTA-AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Yvonne Aivoliotis  has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor from State University of New York at Albany and an Associate Degree in Environmental Science from Columbia-Greene Community College.  Yvonne teaches primarily in the areas of science and math.  A resident of New Mexico since 1995, Yvonne has raised three children.  She has a wealth of experience in organic farming, food preservation, restaurant management and owned her own herd of goats, making cheese and yogurt.  She is also a weaver and tutors local students.

Juan Daniel Lopez has a degree in Psychology from the Universidad Anahuac in Queretaro, Mexico.  He worked in the Adolescent Community for two years at the Hala Ken Montessori School.  Juan teaches business and marketing, Spanish, guitar, and PE.  He is a talented musician and athlete.

Mariana Saenez Rosalez is has a degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, University,  Special Education Degree in Early Childhood Intervention Universidad LaSalle, Madrid, and in Pedagogy from the Universidad del Centro de Bajio.  She has taught for five years in elementary schools and tutored special needs students.  She teaches Spanish, math, music and dance and leads our culinary arts and nutrition program.

Dr. Daniel Galuska serves as our Upper School coordinator and has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Beloit College and a  PhD in Folklore and Ethnomusicology.  He directed Foster International Living-Learning Center at Indiana University for 13 years and was an adjunct faculty member. He is also an urban farmer and has an avid interest in sustainable food systems.

Visiting Instructors

Throughout the year, various experts from the community visit CdP to share their knowledge and wisdom during special visits. In addition there are other visiting instructors who come on a regular basis, a few of these include:

Chris von Lersner is a talented musician and marimba player.  She has been teaching marimba in the Dixon Elementary School for three years and began working with our students this fall. She is a former member of the marimba group, Zuva, and continues to study with Peter Swing.

Brian Crane of Santa Fe Improv teaches elective classes in theater and improvisation, often culminating in a public performance.  These classes include improv exercises, skit writing, and other collaborative theater work.

Clayton Brascoupe from Tesuque Pueblo is a founder of the Traditional Native American Farming Association and works throughout the U.S., Canada, and central America teaching sustainable indigenous agricultural practices.  Clayton has taught bowmaking and seed saving at Camino de Paz.

Camilla Trujillo is a reknowned potter and author with deep roots in the Espanola Valley.  She teaches an elective class in native micaceous clay with an emphasis on traditional vessels and methods of working the clay.   Camilla recently created an instructional video for teachers titled, “A Gift from the Earth.”  It is an inspiring, clear, step-by-step guide to teaching or learning how to work with micaceous clay.  You may obtain the DVD by contacting