Anansi is fortunate to have exceptional teachers and other staff members who are passionate about teaching children.
We believe in working as a strong team.


School Director: Michele Hunt
Michele Hunt is one of the co-founders of the Anansi Charter School and she works passionately and tirelessly to further the quality and unique education that the Anansi Charter School offers. Michele has degrees and training in early childhood development, elementary education, educational leadership, and more. She loves her work with the children, parents, and staff that make up the Anansi community. In her free time she enjoys the company of her husband and son, and the beauty of the natural environment where she plays on her skis, her bike, her boat, and her feet. 



Kindergarten Teacher: Blue MacHardy
I was born and raised in Taos. I studied education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. I taught with Albuquerque Public Schools for five years and then returned to Taos to raise my children near their grandparents. I live with my husband and my two beautiful children. When I am not working I enjoy being with my family, exercising, shopping and reading good books. I love teaching and working with the wonderful children at Anansi Charter School.



First Grade Teacher: Tammy Dobbs
Tammy Dobbs has been with Anansi Charter School since its beginning and has taught for many years. She has taught Kindergarten and is currently teaching First Grade. Her successes as a teacher have been enhanced by her theater background.



Second Grade Teacher: Nancy Stotts
My name is Nancy Stotts wife, mother and teacher. I moved to New Mexico in 1983 after graduating from Evergreen State College in Washington State. I had to get out of the rain! Once here, I realized I wanted to get certified to teach, so I moved to Santa Fe and attended The College of Santa Fe. I then moved to Taos where I got my first teaching job at Taos Valley School, thinking I would just be here a year! Lo and behold over twenty years later I am still doing what I love at Anansi. The children I taught when I first started teaching are now having children of their own! I enjoy living and teaching in a community where you can watch former students grow up and become adults. It is wonderful to be a part of so many lives.



Third Grade Teacher: Hugh Garrott



Fourth Grade Teacher: Kelly Farewell



Fifth Grade Teacher: Elsbeth Atencio
Getting to teach Anansi Charter Schools 5th graders is like winning the lottery to Elsbeth. She can't imagine a better way to spend her days. After years of teaching outdoor science classes and park rangering – here in Taos and around the west, Elsbeth is happy to share her experiences and passions with the students of Anansi. Each day, she tries to balance the classroom with loads of fun, plenty of hard work, and a sprinkling of silliness! Besides hanging out with 5th graders, Elsbeth enjoys many things: time with her family, hikes in the mountains, frequent naps, incredible sunsets, and her secret life as a birdwatcher.



Sixth Grade Teacher: Genger Holt



Spanish & Music Teacher: Philip Handmaker
(aka Señor Felipe)

Raised outside of Albuquerque, Señor Felipe heard Spanish a lot  as a child and studied it in high school. He earned degrees in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and Georgetown University, then worked with indigenous teacher-education programs in Guatemala and Peru. After teaching fifth grade in bilingual immersion  schools in Virginia for a few years, he came to New Mexico with his wife  Brooke Zanetell and has been teaching Spanish at Anansi since 2005.



Enhancement Teacher: Liana Bayles



Special Education Teacher: Lisa Woolery



Spanish & Special Education Teacher: Margarita Maes



Reading Coach: Kendra Peralta



Physical Education teacher: Robert Beckman



Arts Facilitator: Hollie Laudal



After Care Teacher: Stephanie Chalfant



Support Staff:

Administrative Support Team:
Karina Gersten, Roberta Martinez

Kindergarten:
Ashle Florenzano

First Grade Assistant:
Paula Medina

Library Assistant:
Jean Frey

Reading Intervention Assistant:
Dora Romero