Head of School
General Education Director
Interests: I enjoy finding and trying out new recipes, especially Mediterranean and Asian fusion. I also love jogging, going to hockey games, and playing music (violin and cello).
Things that make me smile: My goofy, lovable dachshund mix
Educational Philosophy: If we teachers are to make a difference in our students’ lives, we must remain open minded, patient, and committed to learning how. Our journey as learners never ends.
Favorite Part of My Job: Coming into school each morning and seeing our students’ smiling faces. The fact that they love being here at NMIS is testament to the amazing work our teachers are doing.
My Hero: My step-grandfather. He was a selfless man who dedicated his life to helping and saving others as an EMT.
Special Education Director
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 400 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.
Student Support Director
Interests: Baseball, Family, Travel
Things that make me smile: Baseball, Family, Travel
Educational Philosophy: Being open to all learning is the pathway to enlightenment.
Favorite Part of My Job: Getting to know students
My Hero: Mom
What I value Most: Perseverance
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!
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