Our Staff Members

Administrative Staff

Dr. Curtis Chavez
Director of Advancement/CEO in Training

“KCLC is a place that makes me feel at home. KCLC makes me proud and happy to be apart of their team. I support KCLC’s mission because it gives hope to our children and community to learn the Keres language.”

Trisha Moquino
Co-Founder/CEO/ Keres Speaking Montessori Guide/ IMI Facilitator

“I love working at KCLC because children have the opportunity to realize their whole salves inclusive of language and culture. It makes me so happy to hear our emerging bilinguals (Keres/English) and to be a witness to their joyfulness. So much hope.”

Mara Matteson

“I love that KCLC does education the way that works for children and the community honoring the whole child, the language and community the child comes from, not in isolation, but in an intergenerational community setting.”

Celeste Naranjo
Jerome Garcia
Interim Director of Operations

“KCLC is a place where Cochiti kids can learn our language first hand and can get the education they need to succeed in the two worlds we as Indigenous people live in. I’m happy to see that parents and their kids are wanting to learn our language when not in the home and this makes me hopeful for the future of Cochiti people and our traditions.”

Eileen "Povi" Mitchell
Director of Indigenous Montessori Institute (IMI)
Jennifer Sanchez
Administrative Assistant
Tenasha Ansera
Katie Kitchens
Assistant Head of School

“I like that KCLC humanizes all members of the community – children, staff, families. It is a place of joy and love. KCLC embodied liberatory education. Also, the children are briliant, hilarious, generous, responsible and caring – it is an honor to get to spend time with them everyday.”

Classroom Staff


Dominique Quintana
Loretta Cordero
Keres Speaking Infant Toddler Montessori Guide

“KCLC gives me hope when I hear the children talking in Keres. I love that KCLC allows and encourages our Cochiti children to be Cochiti children without having to choose between or alter in excelling at all academics, here at KCLC they can do both. I feel like the Montessori method fits into our way of life, we want our children to be confident, independent and their own person and that’s what KCLC and the Montessori method helps our children with.”

Dee Mody
Anita Suina
Cultural Language Teacher

“KCLC is a one of a kind institute. It carries everything a child needs to learn. I’m proud to be part of KCLC’s daily achievements and hopefully the iiwas will be able to carry on our language and traditions. Each day we do our best to support and honor our heritage and our language by the iiwas and the community speak our Keres language.”


Jacob Chavez
Keres-Speaking Primary Montessori Guide

“I like that KCLC supports myself and my community with learning and furthering our Keres language. The constant learning and the passing on of knowledge make me proud because it is our way of life and it don’t stop. I support our mission of KCLC because language is who we are as a people.”

Rolinda Chavez
Keres Speaking Montessori Guide

“What I like about KCLC is it’s an intergenerational school, just like life, no one is in a setting of the same age group.  The school is set up like the outside world beyond school doors. Seeing the children grasp on to the language and speaking it on their own makes me have hope that their generation/future generations have the opportunity to make it become their 1st native tongue. I support KCLC because we are given an opportunity to give to our children to learn about our way of life during school.”

Joelle Cordero
Keres Speaking Primary Montessori Assistant


Laini Szostkowski
Gabby Rosetta
Dwight Mody


Jennifer John
Bernard Suina
Dale Naranjo

Programming Staff

JeniMae Mody
Angelica Garcia
Kemara Williams
Infant Toddler Assistant/Mentor Apprentice Program Assistant

“I like working at KCLC because I get to work with children, learn more about the language, and relearn our traditions.”

Avelina Garcia
Apryl Arquero

Support Staff

Carlos Pecos
Patrick Suina
Deollo Johnson
Movement Instructor

“I like the warm, and supportive environment. The staff are genuinely good-hearted with strong positive intents for the young ones. The children are growing in a place that nurtures their highest expression.”

Jo Hird
Iiwas Playhouse Recreation Teacher

“There’s such a positive and genuine atmosphere here. I’m fortunate to be a part of the good-natured and caring KCLC team.”