Skyla Bair was born in New Mexico, but traveled to other states quite often as a child. She lived in Chilili, New Mexico for 13 years, and moved to Albuquerque a year ago. She is a proud kitten and betta fish owner. Skyla graduated from Manzano High School. She was very involved in theatre, art, and a vigorous childhood development class.
Skyla is currently attending CNM, and she intends to become a teacher. Skyla is also working on her yoga teacher instruction certification. She worked as a youth counselor at Van Buren Middle School and she also volunteered at Cuidando Los Niños for many years. Skyla was involved with New Day Youth Shelter for over a year.
Skyla enjoys cooking, yoga, poetry, and hiking in the East Mountains where she grew up.
Office: 505.243.1957 ex. 103
Cathy was born in Albuquerque. She moved to San Francisco after high school. She attended San Francisco City College where she completed the dental technician program. Cathy also attended Diablo Valley College in the east bay where she received her associates degree.
Cathy has worked as a dental technician but found this career too isolating. She later found a new career in the academic field; at Cal State she worked with the admission and testing departments.
After decades of living in the San Francisco bay area she welcomed the move back to Albuquerque to be close to family. She has had the opportunity of working at the courts as a bailiff and most recently working with students at the University of New Mexico.
In her spare time she serves as a board member at her neighborhood association. She also volunteers at her church and helps children learn to read.
She enjoys being with family, taking walks along the Bosque and Sandia mountains, attending community events, and taking road trips to other places in our beautiful Land of Enchantment!
School Guidance Counselor
Office: 505.243.1957 ex. 104
Ms. Alicia is a licensed School Counselor and Mental Health Counselor.
The driving purpose of the counseling program at MACCS is to promote a school culture that fosters every student’s attainment of the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to be successful academically, personally/socially and in career confidence. Ms. Alicia aligns her counseling program with the American School Counseling Association’s (ASCA) model, using both a prevention-focused school-wide guidance curriculum and individualized, responsive services with the goal of meeting the diverse needs of all students at Media Arts.
Ms. Alicia collaborates with the principal, school social worker, the SPED coordinator and students advisors on a regular basis to identify and meet student needs.
While Ms. Alicia works with students for personal/social and academic issues, she also supports students in career exploration and the college admissions process and everything in between.
Alex Gillikin graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in American Studies, double-minoring in Psychology and English. Her degree focus was in Gender Studies and Feminist Theory. She has previous experience working as a Special Education EA at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels. She has been trained in Active Listening and brings those skills to her everyday interactions with students, colleagues, and friends.
She believes that through listening to and supporting youth on a daily basis, a real and concrete impact can be made towards a better future. In particular, by working within the school to build a supportive community for every student to thrive, they can then learn how apply that ethos to larger communities after graduation. As a graduate herself of Media Arts Collaborative Charter School, she brings a special perspective that informs her collaborative approach to being an Educational Assistant.
She is interested in an eventual career in Counseling or Social Work, preferably still working in public schools, and has found that working to support others, and especially students is a real passion of hers.
School Guidance Counselor
Office: 505.243.1957 ex. 104
Maureen Johnson is a licensed School Counselor and Mental Health Counselor. Maureen graduated in May 2016 from the University of New Mexico with a dual Master of Arts degree in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is originally from Chicago, Illinois, but the beautiful open skies and mountains brought her to New Mexico.
Her mission as a school counselor is to offer an all-inclusive guidance program that supports and promotes each student in gaining the abilities, understanding, and adequate approaches that are needed to become active students, responsible citizens, creative workers and lifelong learners. addresses the personal/social, educational and career issues that may arise within the student body, while maitnaining a positve school climate. Maureen aligns her counseling program with American School Counseling Association’s (ASCA) model. She will work in partnership with students, teachers, administration, parents/guardians, and the community to ensure all goals will be met and each student is given the opportunity to achieve their ultimate potential.
Office: 505.243.1957 ex. 200
Patrick Kelly was born and raised in Albuquerque, and never wants to leave here. He received his Accounting degree from the University of New Mexico in 2002 as well as played basketball for the Lobos. Patrick has been a licensed Business Manager for almost 10 years and truly enjoys working in an education setting. Even though he is the Business Manager, he feels it is part of his job to enhance each student’s experience here at MACCS. Patrick is the current sponsor of the MACCS Student Government Association. He also serves on the NM Association of School Business Officials Executive Board as the Charter School Representative. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs. He likes to travel to various sporting events and is an avid golfer and bird hunter.
Office: 505.243.1957 ex. 308
The Social Work program at MACCS focuses on the educational, social and emotional well being of students and strives to meet each individual’s particular needs. Ms. Stephanie believes in focusing on the student as a whole, and is very focused on the Person-In-Environment perspective, looking at the student as a whole, and how it effects student performance. Ms. Stephanie uses the applications of the School Social Work Association of America’s (SSWAA) National School Social Work model, using evidence-based education, behavioral, and mental health services, such as: implementing multi-tiered programs, monitoring progress, and evaluating service effectiveness.
Ms. Stephanie also works to promote a positive school climate and culture that is conducive to student learning. Ms. Stephanie is dedicated to teaching excellence through support of policies, procedures, and engagement between student, family, school and community. Ms. Stephanie will boost access to school-based and community-based resources in order to promote a continuum of services and provide innovative leadership. Ms. Stephanie believes she has a responsibility to be a trusted and safe person with whom all students can share any concerns or issues.
Ms. Stephanie has 12 years of experience working with students from a specialized program, called P.A.C.E.S, in Albuquerque Public Schools, and one year working with middle school and high school aged children at The International School at Mesa Del Sol. Ms. Stephanie, after working with middle and high school aged students, discovered a passion for working with older aged students and aiding them in with learning how to cope with the challenges that may affect their academic and life successes.
At MACCS she will address issues of attendance, truancy and restorative justice practices that help to promote healthy and successful students, and teach them skills that will last a lifetime. Ms. Stephanie will collaborate with the principal, school counselors, the Special Education coordinator and student advisors on a frequent basis to identify and meet student all students in need.
Registrar & Administrative Assistant
Stephany joined the MACCS community in March of 2017. She is a graduate from Los Lunas High School and studied music education at the University of New Mexico. Before coming to MACCS she was the registrar at Valley High School for one year, and prior to that she worked as a certified Paraoptometric Technician for over 10 years. Stephany is married with two children. Away from work she loves spending time with her family and serving at Sagebrush Community Church.
Gerald was born and raised Niagara Falls, New York. He is a third generation Irish immigrant whose great grandparent came over during the great famine in the early 1900s.
Since his graduation from high school, Gerald has been a Certified Aid for a nursing home in Massachusetts, worked in the printing industry in Texas, and has been a high level security guard in Albuquerque.
In Gerald’s spare time he continues to build on to his home and grow his garden. He takes his daughter to karate where she is presently a purple belt, aiming for her black belt in her future. He also enjoys fixing cars and watching his favorite football team, the Buffalo Bills.
Gerald and his fiancé Barbara, are happily raising his young daughter Allison.