Fourth Grade Team
I am a native New Mexican who has lived, studied, and worked in Albuquerque most of my life. I was introduced to Spanish in School at age 11 and have studied and spoken it ever since! I love spending time with my husband, Trace, and our two children Ben and Pharris, who are students at NMIS. I am a kid at heart who loves speaking Spanish, so teaching kindergarten at NMIS is truly my dream job!
I am an Albuquerque native, and a graduate of Rio Rancho high school. My first fascination with language was hearing my maternal grandmother speak Italian to her relatives on the phone, and my mother retelling stories of her childhood visits to Italy. Entire other worlds existed from mine, and I’ve spend the past 30 years exploring them, first through my voracious love of literature, and then by traveling as much as I could manage through my twenties. I attended Spanish language schools in Buenos Aires, the Patagonian region, and in the mountains of Guatemala, and my love for teaching was born in 2008-2009 when I accepted a job teaching English abroad in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China. I have Bachelor’s degrees in Creative Writing and in Women’s Studies, (2007) and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education (2011) with endorsements in Bilingual Education and TESOL. I have two wonderful children, Anahi Paz (2012) and Asher (2017), and a kind and pun-loving husband. I have 7 years experience teaching 3rd and 4th grade in the public schools, but most recently have chosen to stay at home since my son was born. My hobbies include: sewing and making toys, swimming, gardening and urban animal husbandry, cooking and day-tripping with my family. I am excited to become a part of the NMIS family, and to facilitate discovery, impart curiosity, and read some really great books.
Annette Painter is a native to New Mexico. She was raised in a very small village named Chapelle. Her first language is what is known today as “Old Spanish”. Annette graduated from West Las Vegas High School with an Academic Scholarship for New Mexico Highlands University. For the next four years, she studied Spanish and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Annette received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1988.
In 1990, Annette returned to New Mexico Highlands University to work on her education certification. She studied Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, Special Education, Elementary Education and Secondary Education. She is currently licensed and endorsed in all those areas. In 2008, Annette attended University of Phoenix to study Educational Leadership. She received her Master of Arts degree in 2010.
Annette enjoys spending time with her family and traveling with her husband. She also enjoys studying about natural homeopathic remedies from Northern New Mexico. Annette currently resides in Edgewood, New Mexico and is very excited to have joined the the NMIS team!
I was born and raised in Colorado and I am still a mountain girl through and through. I have a Bachelors degree in Anthropology and received my teaching certification from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I moved to Albuquerque with my husband 14 years ago and my son was born a few weeks after moving. My son attended NMIS for five years and I am thrilled to be able to return to be a part of this amazing community. I started teaching 20 years ago and while this will only be my fourth year teaching in a public school, I have extensive experience with education in other settings including the Denver Zoo and the Humane Society. I am an avid reader and love to instill a love of literature in my students. My family and I are also involved in dog sledding and enjoy pursuing that in Minnesota and Alaska.