Our Staff Members

Trisha Moquino
Co-Founder/Education Director
Keres-speaking Montessori Guide

“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.”

Maria Elena Arquero
Cultural Language Teacher

“I’m happy and proud that the children are learning to talk our Keres language and they are eager to learn. I like that our teachings are teaching them the Cochiti Pueblo ways of life. All our teachings are based on our daily lives as Cochiti people.”

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.”

Bernard Suina
Cultural Language Teacher

“I like KCLC because I can teach what I want to teach. I can teach things that are culturally related to the Cochiti People. I am proud of the children and the effort they are putting into learning the Keres Language.”

Joseph Ulee Quintana
Cultural Language Teacher

“I like KCLC because I have a job teaching the kids what they have to know. First, talking Keres and second, learning the traditions and customs. If you don’t know these things then you’re lost, so hopefully starting with the kids we have now, they’ll be the example of our teaching efforts at KCLC.”

Rolinda Chavez
Montessori Teacher

“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.”

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.”

Joelle Cordero
Keres-Speaking Elementary Montessori Assistant
Katie Kitchens
English-Speaking Elementary Montessori Guide

“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.”

Loretta Cordero
Cook/Food Educator

“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.”

Kemara Williams
Iiwas Playhouse Coordinator

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

Jo Hird
Iiwas Playhouse Recreation Teacher

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

Jerome Garcia
Executive Assistant

“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.”

Tracey Cordero
Director of Indigenous Montessori Institute (IMI)

“KCLC is the best of both worlds where Cochiti kids get to be Cochiti kids 100%, without having to choose between being strong Cochiti kids or strong students. At KCLC they get to be both.”

Dr. Curtis Chavez
Director of Development

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

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.”

Paul Quintana

“I like that we are all like an extended family and everyone supports one another and encourages learning. The mission is a strong statement, and commitment to the community to hold on to the Keres language.”

Rex Coriz
Special assignment
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.”