Sandia Prep 532 Magazine - Winter 2018


Sandia Prep's 532 Osuna Road magazine - Winter 2018 issue

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A magazine for the Sandia Prep Community

Winter 2018

Lighting the Path

New programs cultivate

innovation at Prep

Prep Profiles

Alumna: Katie Sharp '03

Students: Odyssey Scholars

Faculty: Helen Haskell

Alumni Wrap-Up

PrepStudio: Photography

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532 refers to the school’s physical address - and the sense

of place felt by all who come here. The 532 staff welcomes

you to our school magazine, published for alumni, parents,

students, friends, and the entire Sandia Prep community.

We hope you enjoy the magazine.

Our Mission: The joy of learning and living is at the

center of all we do. Sandia Preparatory School provides

remarkable opportunities for intellectual and personal

growth within a challenging and balanced program. As an

extension of our families, Sandia Prep’s diverse community

inspires students to find their academic focus, talents and


Our Vision: At Sandia Prep, we will inspire our students to

discover their purposes in the world by:

• Developing essential skills and intellectual potential

through challenging academics;

• Cultivating a socially responsible environment of

innovation and creativity; and

• Engaging as a vibrant community for the betterment of




Cultivating Innovation

In this age of innovation, Sandia Prep has

developed new programs that unleash critical

thinking and curiosity, distinguishing the

School and its students on both local and

national levels.

On the Cover

SPACE Director and Spanish instructor

Daniel de León and students Calvert King '21

and Warren Stacy '19 oversee a 3D printer

demonstration in Prep's makerspace.

Our Five A’s: To foster growth toward human as

well as academic excellence, Sandia Prep seeks

to create balance among the Five A’s:

Academics • Arts • Athletics • Activities • Atmosphere

Sandia Prep’s logo represents our balanced philosophy

and program. Our Five A’s converge to form an integrated

whole with the student at the center, reflecting the

comprehensive, well-rounded education that Sandia Prep

students receive.

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Alumni Recaps


Prep Around the Web


Alumni Profile: Katie Sharp '03



From the Head of School

Alumni Notes


Student Profile: Odyssey Scholars


From the Archive


Faculty Profile: Helen Haskell


SPS Briefs


Drumroll, Please: Innovation at Prep



Smart Giving

Sundevil Sports


PrepStudio: Photography


Congrats Class of 2017!

Visit us online

Sandia Preparatory School OFFICIAL Accounts





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Sandia Preparatory School,

an independent co-ed school with a

nationally recognized college preparatory

program for students in

grades 6 through 12.

Bill Sinfield - Head of School

Scott Jeffries - Dean of Students

Cheryl McMillan - Head of Upper School

Susi Hochrein - Head of Middle School

Julie Cook - Director of Development

Jenny Davidson - Director of Information Technology

Laura Fitzpatrick - Director of Admission

Melissa Morse - Director of College Counseling

Melissa Jo Stroud - Director of Marketing &


Managing Editor - Melissa Jo Stroud

Designer/Editor/Contributor - Alexis Magaña-Jaggli


Melissa Besante Dineen ’97

Julie Cook

Pete MacFarlane

Patricia Gabbett Snow

Susan Walton ’72

Sandia Preparatory School

532 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

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Things We Believe: Educating is not a

job; it is a calling. Education is about

the students. Their needs always come

"The school's beginning, as a place to creatively

first. The measure educate of young our women and success to encourage them is how

to strive for excellence in whatever field(s)

we treat our most challenged student

called to them, must still resonate

on his or her most in the character challenging of the school.” day.

- Barbara Sparks Federico '75 recalling the

Prep seeks to create balance among

years when Prep was an all-girls school

the Five A's: Academics, Athletics,

Arts, Atmosphere, and Activities.


Head of School

“I want to oppose the idea that

the school has to teach directly

that special knowledge and those

accomplishments which one has

to use later directly in life. The

demands of life are much too

manifold to let such a specialized

training in school appear possible

[...] The development of general

ability for independent thinking

and judgement should always be

placed foremost.” - Albert Einstein

I don’t usually start my articles with quotes as long as the

one above, but I think that Einstein’s statement needs to

be understood as a whole, especially in these times, when

education is seen as a means to a lucrative end.

Einstein included this statement in his book, Ideas and

Opinions, published in 1954. Though I am sure that Einstein

had the intellectual capacity to see into the future with more

clarity than most, I wonder if he could have contemplated the

magnitude of change that would come with the development

of digital and cyber technology. He states that the “demands

of life are much too manifold to let such specialized training

in school appear possible,” but could he have ever anticipated

the complexity of the demands and the rapidity of changes

that our children are experiencing in their lives today? I don’t

know the answer to that, but my guess is that he wouldn’t be

surprised. He was a thinker, and, as such, he had the courage

to untether himself from conventional wisdom of his day,

and to let his mind and thoughts take him to places of which

others could not conceive.

Schools should aspire to develop that kind of untethered

thinking. Certainly, our students must be exposed to the

knowledge and wisdom of the ages, and there are skills and

algorithms that they need to learn. However, the fundamental

purpose of education should always be to develop

independent, critical thinkers. That is the skill that is essential

to our children’s future, and the future of our society.

Unfortunately, because of national and state educational

policies that fixate on standardized curriculum (e.g., Common

Core) and state assessments that compel teachers to teach

to those tests (e.g., the PARCC), we miss the mark on what

is truly important. The emphasis is on grades rather than


Happily, Sandia Prep has long rejected the notion of

standardization. The school has for many years pushed back

on the populace slide toward homogenized education that

force marches students through a preordained curriculum

and leaves no room for deep and meaningful exploration

of content and concepts. Instead, we put much greater

value on curiosity, imagination, and critical thinking skills.

We encourage our students to find joy and passion in their

learning experience.

I have the great pleasure of roaming this campus and stepping

into classes where students are led on a journey of discovery.

I see young people, from grades 6 to 12, challenged to think

rigorously, to engage skillfully in conceptualizing, applying,

analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information. I

witness collaborative, hands-on, active learning in all our

classes, from math to art, English to science, history to theater.

And when I come back to my office after those “walk-abouts,”

I feel grateful that we have teachers who have chosen to take

the road less travelled in education, and who will, indeed,

make all the difference.

In the pages that follow you will read stories of students

and alumni who have benefitted from the kind of education

offered at Sandia Prep. Some of them have taken circuitous

routes to their present positions. This is, to be certain, the way

of the future. Our children will take many turns on their life

journey. They will meet challenges and take risks. It will be

their ability to think with clarity, work collaboratively, and

communicate confidently that will ensure that the journey will

bring them joy and satisfaction.

Bill Sinfield

Head of School

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classroom crawl

dallas meet and greet

alumni voices:

early days



santa claus visits prep





A special thank you

to Sandia Prep’s

Young Alumni

Committee for

planning this

event, as well as

Tim Hebenstreit '09

and Karl Nelson '09

of ABQ Events.



Washington dc Meet and greet

recent grad lunch

Alumni voices: how i got to where i am today



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DECADES celebration

pete macfarlane



sundevil athletic hall of fame 2017



Thank you to our 50th

Anniversary Committee



The inaugural Sundevil

Athletic Hall of Fame

induction ceremony

celebrated 13 alumni,

1 former coach, and

the 1985 Boys Soccer

Championship team.



100+ community

members joined

the race to honor

the long-time

Athletic Director's


Photo by Andrea Kennedy '02

alumni weekend 2017

Atlanta meet and greet



Alumni Induction Breakfast

MAY 19


JULY 7 - 9



Class Reunions

Campus Tours

Alumni Family Picnic

Alumni Athletic Events

Children & Tween Clinics

Prep Scavenger Hunt

teacher appreciation day



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Dean C. Hines '81 was selected by NASA

to be a Co-Investigator on "Network for

Exploration and Space Science".

Dana (Mozer) Reed ’84 is a Contracts

Manager at Quest Aircraft Company, LLC

in Idaho.

In June, Julie Curro '92 and her foreign

exchange student sister, Mirna Mirkovic

'90 stopped by Prep for a campus visit.

They coordinated a gathering with

Melanie East Polansky '92 and their

Prep faculty favorites Pete MacFarlane

and Ernie Polansky.

Kelly Heath ’96 is the

director for Webster

University’s Study

Abroad program.

Kelly spent the last 15

years working with

Loyola University Chicago as a Study

Abroad Advisor, Assistant Director and

Beijing Center Coordinator, and Associate

Director of Study Abroad. Our ’96 grad

has a B.A. in Spanish from Bates College in

Maine and an M.Ed. in Higher Education,

Student Affairs Specialization, from Loyola

University Chicago.

Dr. Aaron Reich '85 and his family

stopped by Sandia Prep in July for a

campus tour. Aaron is the President

of TRINU Healthcare, an accredited

healthcare education, development and

consulting company; and the President

of the Arlington Independent School

District Board of Trustees.


Sundevil alumni continue to support

Sandia Prep in a variety of ways.

Thank you Susan Przekurat Epstein

'91, Jillian Gonzales '91, Cristie

Sappington Sandoval '90, and Todd

Sandoval '91 for volunteering in our

Russell Student Center!

Sara Coon '93 was featured in the

May 17, 2017 issue of the Sandia Prep

Times article, “Thirty Years Later, Lost

Purse Surfaces”. After an exchange via

Facebook Messenger, we learned that

Sara lives in Belgium with her husband,

Darrin and their daughter, Brennan.

In November 2016,

Raúl Torrez ’95

was elected


District Attorney.

In March, Jed Brock

'96 of the Jonathan

Brock Insurance

Agency stopped

by campus to

finalize an Alumni

Weekend sponsorship


We appreciate our ’96, ’97

& ’98 class reunion liaisons!

Dana Blaugrund Carroll ’97 &

Michael Beinenson ’97

Lesley Siegel ’97

is an Assistant

Professor in

the School

of Education

at Arcadia


She lives with

her wife in


after many years

in Seattle and Denver. Dr. Siegel has

designed curriculum for museums and

arts based community programs, worked

for the Washington State Department of

Education, directed special education

programming for an alternative teacher

licensing program, and worked on

multi-state grants. Our ’97 grad has a

Ph.D. from the University of Denver and

a M.A. in Special Education from the

University of New Mexico.

In May, Gayle Polansky ’98 graduated

with an M.S. in Environmental Studies

from Lamar University. Gayle is back in

Albuquerque and is actively searching

for a position in Ecosystems Management

while running her photography business: Our ’98 grad

also has a Civil Engineering degree from

Texas Tech University.

Sam Stribling’s '98 company, Eight 14

Solutions, is working on the new multimillion

dollar Facebook data center

in Los Lunas, NM. Stribling's business

will help ensure the facility is under

environmental compliance. He said,

"We've completed dozens of projects

in New Mexico, but we've never done

a project that has this type of notoriety

to it."


In Remembrance

Branson Quenzer ’99

Dr. Adam Raff ’01

is a Board certified

Dermatology faculty

member at Harvard

and is dividing his time

between clinical and

research work. Laura,

Adam’s wife, works at

Stem Cell Technologies

in Boston and is

regional head of that division.

Adam and Laura have a son,


Ima Rahmaniar Husein stopped by

Sandia Prep in August for a campus tour.

Ima was an Indonesian exchange student

during the 2001/2002 school year. Ima

brought her husband and her host father

to meet with some of her former teachers

and Joelle Shaw '03. Ima has three

children and works with PT GMF Aero


Sara Tracy-Ruazol ’01 graduated with

a Master of Laws in Military Law at the

U.S. Army JAG School. Sara, her husband

Jerwin, and their son Harrison live in

Charlottesville, Va. where Sara works as

an as an Associate Professor of Contract

and Fiscal Law.

In November 2016, Coach Audra Gentry

'06 led the Lady Sundevils to the 2016

4A Rudy's "Country Store" & Bar-B-Q

State Volleyball Championships with a

3-0 victory over Robertson High School.

This was Prep's third consecutive state


Corey Cooper ’07 was named to

Albuquerque Business First's "40 Under

Forty". Corey served

as the Deputy Chief

of Staff for the City

of Albuquerque

under Mayor Berry.

In May 2015, the ’07

Sundevil received a

MBA in the field of Study Management of

Technology from the University of New

Mexico’s Robert O. Anderson School of


We appreciate our ’07 class liaisons

JoAnna (Phillips) Nevada ’07

and Dani Castioni ’07

In May, Kelsey Benedick ’07 graduated

summa cum laude with a J.D. from

Lewis & Clark Law School. She passed

the Oregon bar exam in September.

Lauren Amagai '08

and her husband,

Kevin welcomed


Isla Jean Amagai,

on March 30, 2017.

Lauren works at

Sandia National

Labs and has master’s and bachelor’s

degrees in English from the University

of New Mexico.




Become a Member.

Make a Difference.

We launched Sandia

Prep's "Young Alumni

Committee" in October

2016. Within a few

months, the group made

a noticeable difference in

the lives of both students

and alumni. The advisory

board does not have a

membership fee and is

made up of graduates

from 2001 to 2017.

The group’s main goal

is to further strengthen

the relationship between

young alumni and Sandia

Prep, while creating

networking opportunities

for our young professionals.

Sandia Prep’s Young

Alumni Committee

meets once a month

and encourages support

for the School through

social event coordination,

educational programs

and community service

projects. We appreciate

their time and expertise.

Thank you!

To learn more, please email

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Alumni NOTES


In April, Julia Fay Bernal '09

was featured in an Albuquerque

Journal article for her work with the

AmeriCorps' Native American Water

Corps program. Julia is working on a

Master of Water Resources degree at

the University of New Mexico. The ’09

Sundevil works with Earth Force, an

international non-profit, and volunteers

with the Pueblo Action Alliance.


In May, Jake Contos-Heidrich ’10,

Michael Hudock, Elise Peterson ’10, and

Caitie McGuire ’10 met for lunch at Café

Lush in Albuquerque.

In May, Michael Eaton '11 received

an MBA from the University of New

Mexico’s Anderson School of Business.

Michael works as a Financial Services

Professional at MassMutual Southwest.

In August, William

Verrillo ’11 began

a four-year program

at Creighton

University School

of Dentistry in


Emily Maxwell ’13 was accepted

to and will attend San Diego State

University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy


Sammy Navarro ’10 and RJ Ortiz ’11

welcomed daughter Aubriana Elena Ortiz.

She was born at 6:16 a.m. on December

8, 2016, was

20.5 inches,

and weighed

in at 7 pounds,

six ounces.

Sammy attends

the University

of New

Mexico’s nursing program, and RJ works

with Sandia National Laboratories.

In November 2016, Amanda Custer ’15

was nominated by the Department of

International Studies at Dickinson College

(Carlisle, PA) to represent Dickinson at

the 68th Annual Student Conference

on U.S. Affairs at the United States

Military Academy at West Point. This

conference tied into her internship at the

Peacekeeping and Stability Operations

Institute at the U.S. Army War College.

Amanda is pursuing a B.A. in International

Studies with a concentration in U.S.

National Security Policy.

In July, Samuel Albert ’14 and Gabi

Albert ’15 met up with former ’13-’14

Sandia Prep exchange student Alex Flok at

Cologne, Germany.

Sam Binkley '16 was named to the

Dean's List in the Ira A. Fulton School of

Engineering at Arizona State University for

the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.

Sam is a Mechanical Engineering student

in the Barrett Honor College at ASU.

Kiersten Huitt ‘16 was named to Hendrix

College’s All Region Team for both indoor

and outdoor track

and field, All

Conference 2nd

team as a runner

up in the 100

meter hurdles, and

was chosen as a

Southern Athletic

Association all

academic honor roll student. Our ’16

grad spent her summer vacation in Fresno

interning with TFS Investments.

In Remembrance

Alex Askenazy '16





Noche de Celebración

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Alumni Weekend 2018

July 13-15, 2018



All About "A"s

We talk about education at Sandia Prep using

words that begin with "A": academics, athletics,

arts, activities, and school atmosphere. Our

founders knew that when students engage

in efforts outside the classroom or of books,

their education comes to life, creating deeper




ATHLETICS • Our first

individual state championships

were in gymnastics. Freshman

Brenda Horn took 1st in State

Championship Floor Exercise in

1974, and Marion Bushnell won

1st in Balance Beam. Our no-cut

policy allows students to compete

in sports and win many state


ACADEMICS • Science classes

took to the field, where they could

launch class-made rockets or keep

a paper mâché ball in the air. Field

trips to the Ojito wilderness for

geology or to the (then) Holiday Inn

Pyramid Hotel to see the physics

of those open elevators, or simply

to the nearby gravel pits, all meant

engaging in hands-on learning.


ATMOSPHERE • Studentdirected

community service has

led to important partnerships in

Albuquerque. The December trip

that middle schoolers make to the

Roadrunner Food Bank after the

semester ends is a School tradition

with important messages taught in

the spirit of giving back.

ACTIVITIES • Teachers follow their

passions in choosing what they offer for

activities twice per week. Students who

chose Ms. Karen Lyall’s African Dance

activity learned movements, music,

and dress. Guests from United World

College visited campus and reinforced

the students’ newly acquired skills.

ARTS • Rick Wilde was a music

teacher who encouraged his

students to perform for an audience,

not just to practice and play in class.

He was one of many music teachers

who brought students out of the

classroom or under an architectural

element for them to hear how space

affects sounds.



Susan Walton '72

Parent Relations, Archives, & Activities



Katie Sharp '03

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Fruit flies have followed Katie Sharp for many years and

through many transitions. Not literally, perhaps. But the

tiny insects have been an important part of her life since

her days in Ernie Polansky’s Biology class at Sandia Prep.

Sharp, ’03, uses fruit flies in her work as a postdoctoral

researcher at the UC Berkeley Department of Molecular and

Cell Biology. With fruit flies as her model organism, Sharp

studies epithelial cell polarity and function.

"Tubes or sheets of epithelial cells make up many of our organs,

including kidneys, liver, lungs and intestines, to name a few,"

she explains. They are polarized with a distinct top and bottom

side, and this polarity is crucial to their proper function.

“For example, without it, your kidneys can’t filter blood,” Sharp

says. “Also, most human cancers come from epithelial cells

that have lost polarity and started growing out of control.”

Researchers don’t understand very well how this polarity is

established or maintained. Sharp hopes her research will

contribute to scientists’ understanding of how disrupted

polarity causes cancers and other diseases.

Fruit flies are Sharp’s organism of choice because “they’re small

and cheap, their genetics are easy to manipulate, and because

their cells and genes are very similar to our own,” she explains.

Sharp first worked with fruit flies during Polansky’s Biology II

class. “Mr. Polansky’s class was the first time I really understood

the idea that you can learn things by doing experiments,” she

says. “It opened my eyes to the idea of a career in research and

prompted me to seek out lab experience in college.”

The reward, however, “is when you get a great result or have a

flash of insight and you’re the first person in the world to know

a new piece of information. Then the fun begins because you

get to tell everyone about it by publishing papers and talking to

other scientists. That’s the part of my job I love the most.”

During college, Sharp worked in a research lab studying T-cell

activation. After graduation, she spent a year teaching English

to high school students in Lyon, France, “which was mostly just

an excuse to live abroad for a year,” she says.

She landed in Boston for her next job, as a research assistant at

Harvard Medical School. From there, Sharp headed to Stanford,

where she worked as a graduate student while earning her

PhD. During a 2005 summer study abroad program in France

run by the University of Rochester, she met her now-husband,

Toby Teel. They married in 2013.

Sharp, an Albuquerque native, attended Prep for grades 6-12

and describes herself as a “very diligent” student. Outdoor

Leadership Program camping trips are among this Lion’s

fondest memories. Sharp credits her science classes and

teachers at Prep, especially Polansky and former chemistry

teacher Leigh Thompson, with putting her on the path to a

research career. “Along the way, I’ve considered other options,

but you can really draw a pretty straight line from Mr. Polansky

and Ms. Thompson to my job now,” she says. Still, Prep’s

emphasis on learning to write well was perhaps the most

important preparation for college and career. “A career as an

academic scientist requires strong writing skills to win grants

and fellowships to fund your work as well as to get your work

published,” Sharp says. Sharp’s long-term goal is to become a


Sharp in the lab

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, with

a minor in French, from the University of Rochester in 2007,

and a Ph.D. in Genetics from Stanford in 2016.

Sharp spends most of her time reading the scientific literature,

planning and executing experiments, and analyzing her data.

While she enjoys being responsible for planning her time,

deciding what work to do and following her interests, “It can

be hard because when you’re struggling, you have to keep

yourself motivated,” she says.

“Scientific research requires a lot of relentless determination,

resilience in the face of disappointing data, and optimism

that you’ll discover something eventually,” Sharp adds. “It’s

not uncommon to have months of disappointing or confusing


When she’s not studying her fruit flies, Sharp enjoys cooking

and baking. “I’m always trying to make ever more impressive

desserts. My husband always teases me because I remember

events in my life based on what I was eating at the time. I’ll

say, ‘Don’t you remember when so-and-so told us they were

engaged? We were eating that really good chocolate mousse.’ ”

She also loves spending time outside, especially biking, taking

Pilates classes, and exploring restaurants and cuisines. “My

husband and I are always on the hunt for the best ice cream,

the most creative brunch, and really excellent Vietnamese

food," she says.

Sharp’s advice to Prep students as they venture into the

world? Keep an open mind. “Just follow your interests in

college and don’t worry too much about what specific jobs

a particular major prepares you for,” she explains. “If you do

things you love and take advantage of interesting and exciting

opportunities as they present themselves, you’ll be okay. Use

your college summers wisely: study abroad, travel, do a cool

internship or research project. It’s those experiences that will

help you figure out what you want to do next.”

- Patricia Gabbett Snow




Odyssey Scholars

Jake Blanchfield '19

Abby Crouch '19

Emma Mannal '19

Colin Miller '19

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Jake Blanchfield '19

Online Entrepreneurship Abby Crouch '19

Life Through the Eyes of Immigrants

"I have been a student at Sandia Prep since the eighth

grade. I decided to transfer from another independent

school in Albuquerque, and it was one of the best

decisions I’ve ever made. Since I started attending

Prep, I have enjoyed the vast variety of classes, and

am excited about what the future has to offer. After

learning that I had been accepted for the Odyssey

Program, I was thrilled to get started. In the Odyssey

Program, my ultimate goal is to learn all there is to

know about online business. I have created an online

e-commerce business, and every day I strive to better

my business and learn. During the remaining duration

of the Program, I hope to deepen my understanding

and gain a fresh outlook on business, spending

many hours getting hands-on experience, as well as

developing new ideas to offer to the global discussion."

"Hi, my name is Abby Crouch and the focus for my

two year Odyssey project is studying people who

have been marginalized in society. This includes

people who have faced prejudices and overcome

them. I’m doing this by interviewing those who fit my

topic and telling their stories through journalism. My

mission is to educate people on views, cultures, and

ideas that they may not relate to, yet hopefully learn

to be accepting and tolerant of."

Colin Miller '19

How the arts affect and serve those with autism

Emma Mannal '19

The Business of Fashion blogging

"Hi, I’m Emma Mannal. I am a junior at Sandia

Preparatory School and recently moved to Albuquerque,

New Mexico, from a quaint town on the coast of Cape

Cod, Massachusetts. For as long as I can remember,

I have always been interested in fashion and design.

At age eight, I created my first dress, with absolutely

no experience. With nothing more than a stapler,

some fabric scraps, and a vision, I designed my first

outfit. Since then, I have evolved tremendously as a

designer, and have decided to pursue my love of fashion

here at Prep. Over the next two years, I will have the

opportunity to learn about the business behind the

beautiful garments we see, on and off the runway. By

using social media and marketing to develop my own

personal brand, I hope to catch a glimpse at the inner

workings of the fashion industry."

"I am Colin Miller, and I am a junior at Sandia Prep. In a

phrase, I love to act. I feel absolutely free on the stage, and

it is the one place where I have not a care in the world. As

much as I love the theatre, academics come first. I am vastly

aware of the importance of research, turning in timely work,

and digging deeper to find as much information about a

subject as I can. I maintain at 3.85 GPA at Sandia Prep and

hope that will rise this spring. The Odyssey Scholars project

that I will be working on for the next two years is a two-man

stage play that I will write, direct, and perform, along with

my mentor and very good friend, Darryl Bryant, MFA. This

play will have a main focus on autism and how the arts affect

those with autism – especially the performing arts. I plan to

have the performance(s) at a small theatre in town, and all of

the proceeds will go to an autism center to continue assisting

those with autism and the families of those with autism. I am

so pleased to be working on this project because it has always

been my dream to write, direct, and star in a stage play. This

opportunity will assist me in gaining more responsibility as a

person, and I hope will continue to further my career as an

actor/director/writer. Thank you so much for supporting this

project, and I hope you will come see the finished product."




Helen Haskell

Haskell "takes the wheel"

during her stay aboard the

NOAA ship, Fairweather.

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From self-proclaimed “desert dwelling ocean rookie”

to Teacher at Sea alumna in Southeast Alaska, Sandia

Prep science instructor Helen Haskell experienced a

profound transformation last summer that she’ll be sharing

with her land-locked students.

Haskell, who teaches 6th Grade General Science and 9th

Grade Geology and is a faculty member of Prep’s Outdoor

Leadership Program, spent June 2017 aboard the National

Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship

Fairweather, learning about hydrography. This science uses

sonar to examine the ocean and marine floors. Data is used

to make nautical charts but also to learn more about plate

tectonics, effects of natural disasters, and coastline changes.

As a Teacher at Sea, Haskell was exposed to lots of different

jobs on the ship, done by a “cast of characters” from different

backgrounds and areas around the nation. One task was

“bottom sampling,” or collecting seafloor mud to determine

good locations for vessels to anchor.

students to figure out neutral buoyancy with a glass vial – for it

to not sink or float – as part of their quest to learn more about

density, buoyancy, and how boats stay afloat.

This year, she will integrate her seafaring experience with

lessons on sonar, bottom sampling, mapping, and bathymetry

(the study of water depth), as well as NOAA and career

paths. Students will communicate with and interview the

Fairweather’s scientists and staff.

Haskell’s most important take-away from the Teacher at Sea

experience? “Perhaps that there is so much to learn about our

planet,” she says. “It’s a huge endeavor to collect valid data

and to use it in meaningful ways.”

Haskell was born in Mansfield, England, near Sherwood

Forest. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Community

Studies at Manchester Polytechnic in England, then a master’s

in education from the University of New Mexico.

She first came to Prep in 1996 when she worked for a

non-profit organization that used non-releasable raptors in

classroom presentations. “Dave Darling and Dibby Olson

housed the birds, and I would come to Prep several times a

week to pick the birds up from the front office,” Haskell says.

She began teaching at Prep in 2004.

Haskell says the relationships Prep teachers forge with their

students inspire her.

Haskell and her students show off their science project.

"We were out in pretty wet, windy conditions on a small boat,”

Haskell recalls. “By the end, it was hard to stand up on the

boat, we were soaking wet, but had so much fun.”

The Fairweather crew also was tasked with surveying a mud

volcano in the Gulf of Alaska. “Finding a mud volcano and

a big fault was pretty great,” she says. “We picked up the

methane plume on the sonar coming from the mud volcano.”

Though New Mexico is hundreds of miles from any coastline,

Haskell says she is slowly incorporating more oceanography

into her desert classroom. “The geologic connection is in fact

an easy one to make,” she explains.

For one thing, New Mexico hosted inland seas millions of

years ago, so Prep students who visit the top of the Sandia

Mountains can find brachiopods and crinoids, fossils, and

remnants of the ocean. But unless they apply that knowledge

to learn how oceans function, “we are unable to understand

how Earth fully works and how our daily actions and choices

have global impacts,” Haskell says. “The challenge for me

as a teacher is connecting my students to this modern day

ecosystem so many miles away, one that many of them have

not seen, or at least have not spent time with.”

As soon as she learned last spring that she would be part of the

NOAA Teacher at Sea program, Haskell challenged her

“Sometimes the small, but specific

conversation or opportunity or connection…

is one of the pivots that propels a student

in a direction that they might not have

gone if that small conversation had not

happened and had the teacher not known

the student quite as well.”

The connection with students’ families - especially through

the Prep's Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP) - distinguishes

Prep. “It hits me every time we do a trip,” she says. “We

share an experience, sometimes one with challenging weather

conditions, and the parents watch their CAs (Camping

Associates) and middle school students step up and meet

the challenge. They support the OLP staff in making sure the

group is safe, and we eat, hike, laugh, and clean up together

as a community.” Haskell is married to Morris Albert and has

two stepchildren: Samuel Albert ’14 and Gabi Albert ’15. They

have an 18-year-old cat named Harry.

When she’s not teaching, Haskell enjoys hiking and camping

as well as experimenting with art. “The latest is silk painting,

thanks to (Prep art teacher) Lynn McColl,” she says. “I love to

travel and see new places and what’s around the next corner.”

- Patricia Gabbett Snow





Sandia Prep's Engineering & Coding

classes begin in the 8th grade and

continue through senior year. Students

build on a foundation of engineering

concepts and basic coding taught in 8th

grade and progress to Mechatronics and

longer, more complex strings of code.

As an Independent Curriculum

Group founder, Prep prides itself

on remaining at the forefront of

education. In keeping with that

tradition of innovation, Sandia

Prep is excited about the latest

programs and ever-evolving

opportunities for our students.

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The Sandia Prep Autonomous

Creative Environment (SPACE)

is a community-oriented

makerspace where science,

engineering, technical, and

visual art enthusiasts meet

regularly to share, explore,

innovate, and collaborate using

textiles, electronic hardware,

manufacturing tools, and

programming techniques.

Distinguished Scholars are students who

have chosen to take additional classes

during their time at Sandia Prep while

maintaining a 3.5 GPA. These students

graduate with 28+ credits. While some

may focus specifically in a given area

(math, science, arts, etc.) others may

have branched out and accumulated the

credits in a variety of areas.







This program sparks the creative

passion and critical thinking that

lies within our students. Juniors

and seniors challenge themselves

academically, intellectually, and

creatively by designing a two-year

course of study that culminates in a

major public presentation.

This program combines the

elements of Independent Study,

Senior Experience, and research

(capstone) projects.




Sixth and seventh grade students with a

strong proficiency in Spanish explore language

instruction through advanced reading,

conversation, essays, and presentations.

Discussed themes include Latina women in

history and the idea of the hero.









We asked...

What is

one of your


Sandia Prep


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History Moorea Medina '23

Art Tatiana Dalton '23

Theater Samia Dominguez '23

Science Jolie McGinnis '20

Journalism Cristian Rojo '20


Our Mini Cooper

Raffle was a

tremendous success

with proceeds

benefiting Sandia

Prep's Annual Fund.

Our very own Strings

Director, Erin Rolan,

was the lucky winner!

In August, our

Canadian Head of

School, Bill Sinfield,

officially became

a U.S. citizen. The

School gifted him

with a very patriotic

hat and tie.

In April, English

teacher Ms. Molly

Rennie traveled to

Morocco as part

of her Teachers for

Global Classrooms

program trip.

Sandia Prep was

recently named a top

private high school

in New Mexico and

earned an A+ rating.

Gorgeous silk

paintings from Prep

seniors were featured

in the Biannual

Albuquerque Fiber

Arts Fiesta.

In May, our mid-school

thespians took on the

play Little Women.

The story follows the

adventures of four very

different sisters during

and after the Civil War.

Students from all

over Albuquerque

joined us for

SummerPrep 2017,

which featured new

class offerings like

Super Hero Science,

Ultimate Frisbee,

and Star Wars

Jedi Training 2.

The School was more

than ready for the Great

American Solar Eclipse

in August. Hundreds of

solar glasses and half a

dozen telescopes were

available for students,

teachers, and staff

to witness the

astronomical event.

During the summer,

a few of our Outdoor

Leadership Program

Camping Associates

(along with OLP

Director, Mr. Larry

Hanley) embarked on a

camping adventure that

took them through seven

states in two weeks.

One of Prep’s

chemistry labs got a

major facelift during

the summer. It now

takes up two classroom

spaces; one area for

lectures and another

area for lab work.


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Outdoor Leadership Program Yurt Endowment

Larry Hanley organized the first trip for Sandia Prep’s Outdoor

Leadership Program (OLP) to Stone Lodge located between

Heron and El Vado Lakes in Northern New Mexico southwest

of Chama in January 1994. Doctors Marilyn and Paul Duncan

of Albuquerque joined their daughter Lisa ‘98 during her

freshman year in January 1995 to Stone Lodge. “As I remember

we had lots of snow in the Chama area that year and from

Stone Lodge the group spent two days cross country skiing

around the summit of Cumbres Pass,” explains Paul. “I learned

that there were four yurts at the time in the Cumbres Pass area

owned and rented out by Southwest Nordic Center in Taos and

by 1998, I organized the first yurt trip to Trujillo Meadows with

Tom and Kurt VerEecke, Kate Clark, Jen Swearingen (a former

French teacher at Sandia Prep), my son Patrick ‘01 and me,”

Paul recalls.

A skier since the age of five, Paul still enjoys getting out in the

snow in the mountains. “Cumbres Pass in January is a winter

wonderland that most New Mexicans never experience,” he

says. “I enjoy seeing the students’ enthusiasm when they

have been able to cross country ski into a yurt. Getting to

any of the yurts requires a lot of stamina particularly with the

packs many of them carry. Over the years, Larry Hanley has

acquired very good cross country skis and boots. It is really a

unique experience and I know many of the OLP graduates have

continued to expand their skiing skills,” Paul maintains.

Paul established an IRA when he was on the Sandia Prep Board

of Trustees for which Sandia Prep was named the beneficiary.

“Marilyn and I decided in the past year that we wanted that

money to start benefiting the OLP to ensure that the yurt trip

would have permanent financial support,” he explains. “The

students over many years have sent us special notes with “Yurt

Art Sketches,” and it is apparent that this is a trip which has

resonated with each class. We knew it should continue,” he

says. Paul reflects, “Over the past twenty years (this year was the

20th year since that great first trip to Trujillo Meadows yurt) so

much has changed in the Outdoor Leadership Program. Most

importantly the OLP faculty have all become very familiar

with the now five yurts - Trujillo Meadows, Flat Mountain, Neff

Mountain, Grouse Mountain, and Spruce. OLP faculty Larry

Hanley, Kate Clarke (former Prep librarian), Paul Ryder, Sarah

Wilson, and Helen Haskell are all very capable skiers and have

been the backbone of the program.”

The Duncans contributed $15,000 to help establish the OLP Yurt

Endowment. Nearly 50 Prep community members heard the call

and donated an additional $10,000. This is a great testament to

the popularity of the Yurt Program and to the generosity of our

community. Thank you, Paul and Marilyn, and thanks to all who

help create this endowment to ensure that the Yurt Program will

happen for many, many years to come.

- Julie Cook

Director of Development
















Elizabeth Kirschner, Chair

Todd Sandoval '91, Vice Chair

Vahid Staples '91, Treasurer

Patrick Westerfield, Secretary

Patrick D. Allen, At-Large

Doug Clark

Shari Cordova

Susan Przekurat Epstein '91

Pete Henderson

Linda Kier

Jeff Lawrence

Jerry M. Lovato

April Camilli Marker '93

Raymond Nelson

Parents Association President

Al Park '88

Brandon Saylor '03

Alumni Association President

Dominic Serna '01

Ed Street

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In appreciation of the education their three

children received at Sandia Prep, not to mention

the countless memories made through sports,

community service, and life at the school, Len

and Liz Trainor made an unrestricted gift of

$100,000 to the 2016-2017 Annual Fund, giving

the school the greatest amount of flexibility to

use their gift.

We are truly grateful.

The Trainor family were involved in just about

every aspect of Sandia Prep over the 11 years

they were parents at the school. Len is a past

chair of the Board and member of numerous

board committees. Liz also served on the Board

of Trustees and most recently chaired the

Development Committee. Len and Liz were

fixtures on the sidelines of countless soccer and

basketball games, and a constant presence at

the girls' tennis matches.

Len and Liz have four grown children, three

of whom are Sandia Prep alumni. Ben '13

is a graduate of West Virginia University,

Samantha '16 a sophomore at the University of

Alabama, and Madison '17 attends Flordia State

University. Len and Liz were recently named

Honorary Trustees of Sandia Prep.

The Odyssey Scholars Program Endowment was established in

Fall 2016 by Sandia Prep grandparents Dr. Stuart D. and Jane

V. Wilson of Farmington, NM to support Sandia Prep students’

passion for a particular field or interest by connecting them

to experts around the globe. Through this program, selected

students focus on an academic passion during their junior

and senior years requiring rigorous levels of reading, writing,

studying, and research. This endowed fund pays for travel

expenses, program activities, and other fees associated with the

student experience.

“The Odyssey Program appeals to me as well as my husband

because it is an ‘out of the box’ endeavor that promises personal

growth,” explains Jane. “Certain students think about dreams and

goals that are theirs alone, not presented in the classroom. The

Odyssey Program allows them to go down these special paths

and investigate what they discover. Sometimes projects like this

can even turn into a lifelong quest or career for these students.

We want to give them that opportunity.”

The idea of endowing the program holds particular appeal for

the Wilsons. They believe “an endowment allows us to build on

it annually.” Furthermore, “it has an outcome that our family can

be proud of. We always like to know where our money is going,

and the Odyssey Program is specific toward that end.”

Philanthropy is a Wilson family value. “We believe strongly in

helping. Our family has been profoundly blessed, and it is our

wish to pass some of that along to individuals who are trying

to find their own handhold to lift themselves up,” Jane reasons.

“We consider Sandia Prep to be one our big blessings. With total

confidence we watch our granddaughters walk through its doors.

We feel assured that the outcome to their time spent there will

make a difference for the rest of their lives.”

The Wilsons established the Odyssey Scholars Program

Endowment with an initial gift of $30,000.

If you are interested in learning about the

Odyssey Scholars Program,


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