Learn more about the incredible new staffulty members who joined our Bosque School family this year!
Stacey Cotty - Upper School Math Teacher
While born and raised in the New Orleans area, Stacey considers herself to be an adopted, native New Mexican. After having fallen in love with the region during a visit, she and her husband moved here in 1996. Earning her BS in Mathematics Education at the University of New Mexico kickstarted her 18-year career at a college and community focused high school here in Albuquerque. Her work in a diverse setting prompted her to seek out ways to learn and share the beauty of thinking mathematically. Stacey served as a professional development facilitator for math teachers in the state of New Mexico, and later became the dean of instruction at her school. Both of these opportunities provided her meaningful insight into the power that intentional instruction and student engagement have in helping shape student success. Aside from being a nerd, Stacey loves to cook, travel, camp, and dabble in the arts.
Valery Galanter - Philanthropy Annual Fund and Alumni Relations Manager
Valery is thrilled to be joining the Philanthropy team at Bosque School! She is a native New Mexican and passionate about building and sustaining independent school communities. Prior to joining Bosque, Valery directed the Alumni Relations and Annual Giving programs at Albuquerque Academy. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new restaurants with her husband, watching baseball, and practicing yoga.
Jeaney Garcia - Athletic Director
Jeaney is the Director of Impact for Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) - Los Angeles, and her professional career has spanned years as an athletic director (AD), coach, teacher, official, and speaker. She has been presenting motivational workshops worldwide primarily on effective performance working for PCA since 1998. She has been an AD and Physical Education Department Chair in Chicago at Lake Forest Academy, in Los Angeles at The Webb Schools and Brentwood School, and in Honolulu at Punahou School. She has been honored as "Coach of the Year" for numerous schools and organizations, including Sport for Understanding (SFU) based in Washington, D.C., where she was the National SFU coach for cross-country, basketball, and track and field. She led the National SFU teams to seven successful tours in the countries of Australia, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. Jeaney’s love of sport is self-evident. She has competed as an athlete in several sports and at all levels and is currently a Selkirk sponsored senior pickleball competitor where she is the 4X Senior World Games Champion. Jeaney’s educational background includes a B.S. in Exercise Science and Nutrition; M.S. in Kinesiology, MAA in Athletic Administration, and she is a Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA).
Anne Gegg - Middle School Humanities Teacher
Anne joined Bosque School in 2020 after teaching the last eight years at the Metropolitan School of Panama. While teaching there, she held a variety of positions including a Learning Support teacher, middle school Humanities teacher, and an IB Diploma Program CAS coordinator. She graduated with a BA in History from Saint Leo University in 2006 and in 2019 received her Master's of Education with a focus in International Teaching from Framingham State University. She has a passion for making the classroom come to life through engaging, hands-on activities that encourage students to question the world around them. This passion, along with her studies in social emotional learning, has helped her build strong relationships with her students. In her spare time, Anne enjoys traveling, yoga, reading, and cooking. As she is originally from Massachusetts, she is looking forward to exploring the Southwest while teaching at Bosque.
Alyson Jefferson - School Nurse
Alyson Jefferson will start as Bosque's first school nurse as of July 1, 2020. Alyson received her BS from Westmont college and her Nursing degree from Marymount University. She has worked as a critical care nurse, ER nurse, and nurse educator for the past 15 years, working with high school students interested in medical fields through the Career Enrichment Center High School (APS). She has her wilderness medical certification and is a ski patroller for Sandia Ski Mountain. She enjoys using her skills in service and has gone to the Amazon and Honduras to work as a nurse. When Alyson is not working, she enjoys outdoor sports, and spending time with her family. She has a rising 6th and 7th grader attending Bosque School.
April Kinney - Upper School Humanities Teacher
April will rejoin Bosque School in the fall of 2020 as an Upper School Humanities teacher. She earned her undergraduate degree from Hastings College in Communication Studies and Political Science, and her Masters in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. She competed at the collegiate level in speech and debate for four years and brings that passion into her curriculum via Model United Nations, Mock Trials, and Student Congress. April is excited to join the Bosque team this year and bring her love of literature, debate, and history into the classroom. Outside of the classroom, April enjoys spending time with her wife and daughters and reads as often as she is able!
Lara Lockhart - Learning Specialist
Lara was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She earned a BS in Genetics and a Masters in Public Administration from Texas A&M University. She’s always been interested in working at the intersection of public service and science. Accordingly, she will complete the Educational Diagnostician Certificate Program at UNM in July 2020. She is passionate about helping every student meet his/her full potential and excited to join the Bosque community.
Carmen Martinez-Tittmann - Middle School Counselor
Carmen is an independently licensed behavioral health provider, and brings over 30 years of experience with children, adolescents and families in diverse community settings. Before Bosque School, she gained broad teaching experience training diverse populations in a variety of clinical modalities. Carmen earned both her bachelors and master’s degrees at the University of New Mexico. She is a multi- generational New Mexican, has two grown sons, four granddaughters, and lives on a small farm in Corrales, New Mexico with her husband and Airedale Terrier. Carmen enjoys music, gardening, yoga and traveling the state of New Mexico.
Shawn Nielson - Technical Theater Director and Teacher
Shawn is excited to be joining the Bosque School community for the 2020 school year and will be serving as the technical theatre director and instructor. Shawn is a recent graduate with an MFA in lighting design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and also holds a BFA in technical theatre from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Previously he was the Technical Stage Manager at the University of New Mexico while also working on productions throughout the Albuquerque Community and is thrilled to be back in the land of enchantment.
STAFFULTY TRANSFERRING DEPARTMENTS/ROLES:
Eva Buchwald - Upper School Counselor
Eva will be shifting from the Middle School Counselor role to serve as the Upper School Counselor. In her one year at Bosque School, Eva has added tremendous value to the Counseling Department and will continue to bring her wealth of experience and knowledge to support the students of Bosque School.
Katie Elder - Upper School Science Teacher
Katie will be moving from her long time role with BEMP to teaching Upper School Science at Bosque School beginning in the fall of 2020. Katie was lucky enough to grow up with BEMP, starting when she was a 6th grade student at Bosque School. BEMP fostered her love for the natural sciences all the way through her senior year of high school. Katie received two BS degrees from Humboldt State University in 2013 (Biology, with a Marine emphasis, and Wildlife Conservation and Ecology). Katie couldn’t stay away from BEMP and continued working for BEMP during summer breaks throughout college. Over the years, Katie has worked with cane toads in Australia, coral ecosystems in Florida, Bryozoans in California, and porcupines in New Mexico. She looks forward to mentoring future generations of wildlife biologists.
Geetha Holdsworth - Middle School Humanities Teacher and Department Leader
Geetha will be shifting from teaching Upper School English to serve as a Middle School Humanities teacher for the 20/21 school year. She will also bring her nearly 30 years of experience in independent and public schools to serve as Bosque School’s Middle School Humanities Department Leader.
Arthur Knox - Upper School Humanities Teacher and Department Leader
Arthur will be shifting from teaching Middle School Social Studies to serve as an Upper School Humanities Teacher for the 20/21 school year. He will continue to bring his wealth of English, History and Social Studies knowledge to serve as Bosque School’s Upper School Humanities Department Leader.
Leslie O’Hanlon - Middle School Division Head
Leslie joined the Bosque School community in 2014 as the 6th grade English teacher and has since served in many roles to include, English Department Leader and Interim Middle School Division Head. Bosque is very excited that Leslie will be shifting into the permanent Middle School Division Head role beginning in the fall of 2020. Leslie brings many years of experience to the role and is passionate about continuing to impact and influence the future of Bosque School.
Hayley Pedrick - Middle School Humanities
Hayley will join Bosque School to teach Middle School Humanities in the fall of 2020 after serving as a long term substitute for the 19/20 school year. She has worked in language acquisition and for non-profits for 10 years and across many landscapes including Chicago, Mexico and Guatemala and in local Albuquerque private and higher education. She recently earned her MA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico with research focusing on human and cultural geography in Medellin, Colombia. In addition to teaching, Hayley loves swimming, cooking, and supporting local and worldly art, music, food and film!
Bruce Stell - Director of Facilities
After serving as Bosque School’s Athletic Director for nine years, Bruce is taking on a new challenge to serve as Director of Facilities. Bruce brings vast experience to the role having served in many roles in the education realm throughout his career from teaching math and physical education, coaching football, track, basketball and volleyball, and working as a home inspector.