Head of School
I was born in Bend, Oregon, but moved to southern California with my mom shortly after being born. After high school, I went to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. I knew all along I wanted to be a teacher, and was lucky enough to get a teaching job in San Luis Obispo right after graduating.
During my first year teaching I met my wife-to-be, who was also a first year teacher. I taught for 10 years in elementary and middle school, and went back to school for my Master’s degree in Educational Administration before we moved to Albuquerque. When we came to Albuquerque, I worked as a teacher trainer for Albuquerque Public Schools for four years. In 2011, I was hired to open NMIS as a brand-new school. I have been leading the school since we opened our doors, witnessing us grow from a tiny start-up to the amazing school we are today.
My wife and I are blessed with three great kids. Our two oldest are in high school, and our youngest is a student here at NMIS.
Finance and Operations Director
Born and raised in New Mexico, I graduated from Valley High School and then went on to graduate from UNM. After graduating I moved, to live in Chicago and then Florida and then returned to New Mexico in 2008. Moving somewhere different helped me appreciate the differnece in communities and cultures ourtside of where I called home. So it created an interest for me in the diverse education offered through charter schools. I am not seen around the school very often because I am often in my office doing what I love, crunching numbers and making sure everything is working good behind the ‘curtain’. I have been with NMIS since it opened in 2011 and marvel at how much the school has grown since then, starting in a 10,000 square foot building with 100 kindergarten to 2nd grade students to now, with over 340 students kindergarten through middle school in a 66,000 square foot building! Although I have been in finance for several years this is my first job working at a school- working around children and parents who appreciate the benefits of a charter school like NMIS makes it even more enjoyable to come to work! I love the sounds of kids working, playing and learning to speak multiple languages and working with a school that encourages students and staff to be open-minded and thoughtful of other cultures, beliefs, and ideas.
Julia Rivera-Tapia moved to Albuquerque in the fall of 1994. She attended Highland High school and graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Bilingual Education. Her teaching career began in the summer of 2005. In 2009, she moved to New York to obtain a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Columbia University. Mrs. Rivera-Tapia was an intern principal at an APS Bilingual Elementary School. In 2010, she obtained her administrator license from the Public Education Department of New Mexico. Directora Rivera-Tapia is passionate about bilingual education and witnessing the magic when students begin to read and write! Besides teaching kindergarten, she has been a first grade teacher, early childhood liaison, instructional coach, IB coordinator, Bilingual coordinator and has served as a school leader in many capacities as well as an advocate in non-profit organizations throughout the community. Mrs. Rivera-Tapia has experienced the growth of New Mexico International School, and is truly fortunate to be able to be a part of this new phase. Mrs. Rivera-Tapia is married to Luis and they have three amazing children, and two tiny dogs.
Special Education Director
I was born in New Jersey and raised in Maryland. Moved to ABQ in 2016 to be closer to a sibling who has lived here since 1980.
I received an Asssociate of Arts degree in a nursing focused curriculum, but I’m not a nurse. Instead decided to follow an administrative vs. clinical career. I’ve worked in a variety of settings including healthcare, research and educational institutions.
My pride and joy is my daughter who has a successful financial career in NYC.
Since moving to ABQ, I’ve rescued a Red Heeler named Bella, learned to appreciate a rainy/overcast day, and decided that I prefer GREEN chile to red!
My name is Carmen Farello, I have been with NMIS for almost 4 years now and prior I worked with APS (Petroglyph Elem.) for 6 years as a Kinder EA. Previously here at NMIS I was Kinder EA and last year I transitioned into the Registrar position. I do miss the students and being in the classroom! I enjoy working at NMIS especially since I get to interact with the students, teachers and parents.
A little about me, I moved to New Mexico about 22 years ago from Maryland via South Carolina. I also lived in Puerto Rico for 9 years when I was younger and attended school there. Spanish is my first language. I have been married for 25 years and have four incredible children, Vincent (23) attends Texas Tech University, Justin (21) attends University of New Mexico, Angelina (17) attends Rio Rancho High School and my baby Eleina (15) attends Rio Rancho High School. I love to spend time with my family and love to travel anywhere that is warm and sunny, I love to dance (salsa, merengue and some bachata) and enjoy reading when I travel to those warm and sunny places!
I worked for the Public Schools and the Public Education Department for over 35 years. I retired in 2013 from Bernalillo Public Schools. I am truly enjoying substituting in the classrooms here at New Mexico International School and working at the front desk.
I was born in Minatitlan in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. My family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico when I was six years old. When I was young I would always think that I would end up being a Veterinarian, Dentist or a mechanic; yes, a mechanic. I love cars, but I see that more as a hobby. In 2013 I decided to go to college; I couldn’t make up my mind on what I wanted to put down as my major, so I went with my first choice that was Veterinary. One year later I decided to change my major to Dental Assistant and move up from there. In the Fall of 2015 I decided to put school on hold but see myself working at a Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics clinic in the near future. I have been with my high school sweetheart for 10 years; as of now we don’t have any kids yet. In February 2019 I got the amazing opportunity to be part of a fantastic work team at NMIS. I enjoy what I do here at NMIS; I love that I am able to assist students with their first aid needs, illnesses, any other health issues, and seeing the students evolve as time passes.