Camino de Paz School

At Camino de Paz, the farm provides a broad context for the students’ applied learning and for the development of the whole personality. Math, science, reading, writing, history, arts and crafts come alive as these skills are used daily in a real, practical way. The farm presents the possibility for students to create a real, working community at a time in life when there is a driving need to be with peers, to be valued and accepted for who they are and to form mentoring relationships with adults who are not their parents.

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The daily work required on a farm also supports social, emotional and character-building skills such as cooperation, compassion, honesty, integrity, problem-solving, creative thinking, listening, observation and pride in a job well done. These experiences promote an understanding of the natural and social world that make possible a different kind of moral discernment. Students come to see that every issue has many aspects, considerations and points of view, often reflecting a complex set of relationships. There is the expectation that each student will be prepared for high school, college, and any profession that students choose.

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Of course, none of this work is possible without teachers and guides that create the environment for students to learn and teach themselves and others. Our outstanding faculty and staff are listed below.

Meet Our Faculty and Staff

Patricia Pantano

Patricia Pantano

Co-founder and Education Director.

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 12 years at the elementary level in both public and private schools. She became Middle School Coordinator at the St. Alcuin Montessori School in Dallas in 1991and has worked with adolescents ever since. Patricia is an AMI Montessori Adolescent trainer, and has worked at training centers in Cleveland, Sweden and Mexico. She believes strongly in the power of linking the adolescent to the real world.

Greg Nussbaum

Greg Nussbaum

Co-founder and Business and 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 is the Camino de Paz Farm Director, coordinating the students’ work with the farm tasks. He teaches anatomy, plant and soil science, machine mechanics, animal husbandry, draft horse driving, marketing and accounting. He completed his NAMTA-AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies in Chihuahua in 2015. He was a member of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Board of Directors served as a board member of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute.

Yvonne Aivoliotis

Yvonne Aivoliotis

Middle School Math and Science Teacher/Guide.

Has a BS Degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor from State University of New York at Albany, and an Associate’s Degree in Environmental Science from Columbia-Greene Community College. Yvonne teaches in the areas of science, math and ninth grade Humanities. A resident of New Mexico since 1995, Yvonne raised three children (one of
whom attended Camino de Paz). 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. She completed the NAMTA-AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies in Cleveland, Ohio in July, 2016.

Laura Ciprés Hernández

Laura Ciprés Hernández

Psychologist, International Studies, Wellness Coach.

Has a degree in Clinical Psychology from the Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro, focusing on crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

Brady McCartney

Brady McCartney

Humanities/Social Studies Teacher/Guide.

Is an educator and non-profit leader who has served on three senior leadership teams at educational institutions. Previously he was the Dean of Students at Bard College at Simon's Rock, and a staff instructor in the Division of Social Studies. He also served in a variety of roles at Bard College's Baltimore and Cleveland early college campuses. Brady currently serves as the Humanities teacher and college counselor at the Camino de Paz High School. He holds a BA from Haverford College, PA, an MBA in Educational Management and an MS in Sustainability from the Bard Graduate Programs.

Gerardo Oliver Olague

Gerardo Oliver Olague

Business, Computer Science, Spanish Teacher/Guide.

Comes to us from our sister school Colegio Hala Ken in Queretaro, Mexico. He has a degree in computer engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He worked globally for over 25 years in the corporate world as a director of marketing operations and consultant. In 2016 he took a position in the Hala Ken Adolescent Farm School where he taught math, computer skills, and humanities, while directing interdisciplinary projects on the farm. He also supported the school with administrative tasks. He will fill similar roles at Camino de Paz.

Maxfield Fleishman

Maxfield Fleishman

Literature and writing tutor with the High School students.

Works at Camino de Paz as a literature and writing tutor with the High School students. He is completing his BA degree at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, where he also served as an Academic Assistant and camp counselor. He is also a professional musician with a knowledge of music theory and composition.

Lysandra Nelson

Lysandra Nelson

High School Creative Expression director.

Is the High School Creative Expression director, teaching the theory and principles of dramatic art, entertainment, and design. She has a BA in Dramatic Art Design from UC Davis, and an MFA in 3D Modeling from the Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA). She has worked professionally in the theater as an art director, set designer, and scriptwriter, and as a game developer, animator, vocalist, and freelance artist.

Christopher Phelps

Christopher Phelps

High School Math,Philosophy, and Creative Writing Teacher/Guide.

Is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology with BS degrees in Physics and Philosophy. He teaches mathematics at the High School. He served as a tutor at MIT, and continues with private students in Santa Fe. He also works as a freelance copy editor and is a published poet.

Aidas Worthington

Aidas Worthington

High School Integrated Science Teacher/Guide.

Teaches Integrated Science at the High School. He has a BS degree in Earth and Ocean Sciences from UC Santa Cruz, and worked for four years and an Environmental Scientist doing maritime fieldwork. He also served as a Biology and Chemistry tutor at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA.