Kaitlin Sinclair 4th grade
Kaitlin Sinclair started her teaching career in Albuquerque, where she taught 4th grade, Kindergarten and Special Education. Kaitlin has moved back to New Mexico after three years away and is thrilled to have landed in Santa Fe. Prior to moving back, she was teaching Special Education K-2 in the Vail Valley of Colorado, where she received a nomination for Outstanding Educator in Eagle County Schools. Kaitlin attended the University of New Mexico where she received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with endorsements in Language Arts and Visual Arts. She later received her Master of Arts in Special Education from UNM as well. This will be her eighth year teaching and she is thrilled to join the amazing community at Turquoise Trail Charter School. In her spare time, Kaitlin enjoys reading and spending time outdoors with her family.
BS elementary education UNM
MA special education UNM
Endorsements in Language arts and Visual Arts.
Marie Bogan 1st grade
Marie Bogan, having recently returned to her New Mexican roots from Colorado, is the newest addition to the TTCS first grade team. A K-8 Education graduate of the University of New Mexico, she began her teaching career in Lakeland, FL where she taught first grade. Five years later she relocated to Colorado Springs, CO and became a private tutor diagnosing literacy deficiencies in struggling readers. Marie was subsequently hired by a local school district to teach an accelerated kindergarten program. After several years, Marie transitioned to part-time teaching to pursue her independent filmmaking adventures. Having come full circle, she is very excited to be back in the classroom, while also working on various film-related projects in her spare time.
Laura Ingram, Special education
I was born in Belgium. My mother was French and my father is British. I arrived in the United States when I was 2. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Connecticut I studied at Fordham University and earned two Master degrees; one in Elementary Education and one in Special Education. Over the last 15 years I have taught grades k-3 at PS 126, a pre-k thru 8th grade New York City public school in the Lower East Side. Each year during this time I have been a regular visitor to Santa Fe to visit my father and have fallen in love with New Mexico. When a friend, a teacher, recommended Turquoise Trail Charter School, I was interested in learning more about the school and was not disappointed. Outside of my professional interests, I enjoy riding my motorcycle and running, I have run five marathons.
I look forward to working at Turquoise Trail Charter School. After working in a very diverse school in New York City, I am attracted by the sense of community and enthusiasm at Turquoise Trail Charter School.
Matt Redington, Art
He attended the College of Santa where he got a Bachelor of art in Visual Arts, and a Master’s of Art in Education. This following year, he will be starting his thirteenth year of teaching and his first year at Turquoise Trail. He has taught eight years previously in Santa Fe at Kaune Elementary, Larragoite Elementary, Atalaya Elementary, and Agua Fria Elementary. He taught three years in Las Cruces at Sonoma Elementary and Jornada Elementary, and taught for a year in Truth or Consequences elementary.
As an artist Mr. Redington enjoys painting with Gouache, Watercolor and Water Based oils, and explores landscapes, abstract art and surrealist or visionary art. Mr. Redington has a lifelong passion for the visual arts and education, and continues to pursue educational opportunities to refine his artistic abilities and teaching skills.
Maya Mirabal 6th grade math
I will be teaching 6th grade math this year at Turquoise Trail. I have been teaching since 1999 and I specialize in science and math but love all subject areas in 6th grade studies. I have a bachelor's degree from New Mexico Highlands with a minor in general science. I have a Tier 2 Pre-K through 12th grade Specialty license with an endorsement in science. Over the last 12 years I have worked at Nava Elementary for almost 8 years, working with students in grades 2-6. The last 4 years I have worked at New Mexico Connections Academy teaching math and science in 5th and 6th grade. I am excited to teach math at the 6th grade level this upcoming year!
I am also a mother of three beautiful and active children. My oldest son is 18, he is starting at Eastern New Mexico University in the fall and will be playing baseball as well as studying electrical engineering. I also have 13 year old twin boys that are in 8th grade at Milagro Middle School. The twins spend their time divided between hockey, baseball, football and track. My husband and I spend our time on the weekends out riding bikes, boating and spending time with our kids. I am sure many of you live this same busy balance of work and parenthood. I am extremely excited to get to know all of you, and I will strive to make this a very successful year for everyone.
BA Elementary Education NMHU
Miranda Cheney Gonzales 3rd grade
I graduated in 2009 with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico. Since then I have had the privilege of teaching 2nd grade for four years in Socorro at Cottonwood Valley Charter School, and 5th grade for four years in Silver City at G.W. Stout Elementary. I earned Teacher of the Year in Silver city in 2017. In addition I also teach English online to students in China. In my free time I enjoy traveling with my husband and daughters. I also love reading, baking, and attending professional development opportunities around New Mexico.
I am excited to be joining the 3rd grade team at TTCS. When I read the strong mission statement and I visited the school in the spring, I knew TTCS is where I need to be teaching. TTCS seems to have a positive, supportive learning environment that I can’t wait to be a part of. Education is my passion and I will work hard daily to engage all of my students to ensure they are reaching their full potential.
Tier 2 K-8 elementary
Tier 2 Pre-K through 12th grade Specialty with an endorsement in science.
PAULA IVELAND- Middle school Social Studies, Spanish and ESL
A National Board Certified teacher since 2008, Paula Iveland joins the new Turquoise Trail Middle School teaching staff with twenty years of teaching experience. With two Master’s degrees in Linguistics and Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Paula holds endorsements in 7-12 Language Arts, Bilingual Education, TESOL, and Foreign Languages. She recently got her 5-9 ELA endorsements and is working towards adding a history endorsement. She taught in California for seven years and the last thirteen years has taught ELA, Spanish 1, and Spanish for Native Speakers, and ELD at local high schools and middle schools in Santa Fe and the surrounding area. Paula has also conducted professional development in the area of ESL strategies and integration of technology for the past five years.
Paula is eager to bring her teaching experience and passion for language to TTCS and excited to build a strong bilingual and foreign language program that promotes linguistic and cultural diversity. She is excited to be part of the new middle school team and looks forward to building upon the successes of a model charter school. An avid photographer, gardener, and hiker, she also enjoys traveling, cooking and history.
Mykie Bailey - Kindergarten teacher
Hello, My name is Mykie Lee Bailey and I am thrilled to be the newest kindergarten teacher at Turquoise Trail Charter School. I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While a student I fell in love with English literature and studied abroad in England, studying literature with a focus on Shakespeare. Once I finished my education I began my career as a forth and fifth grade teacher working for Chicago Public Schools in Chicago, Illinois. While there I committed myself into getting the community more involved in my school. I started a parent night where we played games, discussed curriculum and I introduced parents to the technology I incorporated into my classroom. During my time in Chicago I wanted to further my understanding in literacy and was able to do this through research while in the National Board Certification process, which led to a National Board Certification in Literacy and Writing. Along with my love of literature I have a passion for the sciences and technology, which I incorporate throughout the classroom day. I am very excited to be working at TTCS because I believe in the schools commitment to excellence. The community at TTCS is special. I have my own children attending TTCS and over the years I have seen bright, respectful, lifelong learners walking the halls. I am honored to be apart of that community. I look forward to meeting my students and their families.
Scott Binkley; 7th grade ELA
Hello, My name is Scott Binkley and I have been an English teacher for the past 17 years. I have taught every grade from 7th to college level composition. I am very excited to be teaching English and Social Studies this year at Turquoise Trail’s new middle school.
I hold a BA in English, an MA in English as well as an Ed.S in Education Leadership. I hold a NM 3a master teacher license and a 3b Administrator’s license.
My wife and I have lived in Santa Fe for 12 years and are originally from Oklahoma. Our two children were born right here in Santa Fe. As a family we are avid hikers, campers and skiers. My personal hobbies include anything on wheels; I love mountain biking and restoring vintage motorcycles and cars.
I can’t wait to meet my new students and their parents and know this will be a great year!