Office: 505.243.1957 ex. 600
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. Johanna’s philosophy is based on the understanding that the school environment is a central place for students to develop a sense of self and identity. Through the application of the School Social Work Association of America’s (SSWAA) National School Social Work model, Ms. Johanna implements evidence-based education, behavioral, and mental health services, such as: implementing multi-tiered programs, monitoring progress, and evaluating service effectiveness. Ms. Johanna also works to promote a school climate and culture conducive to student learning and teaching excellence through support of policies, procedures, and engagement between student, family, school and community. At MACCS Ms. Johanna will maximize access to school-based and community-based resources in order to promote a continuum of services and provide innovative leadership. Based on the person-in-environment framework, Ms. Johanna strives understand the student as a whole, learning about their development and progress from all aspects of their environment.
Ms. Johanna also believes she has a responsibility to be a trusted and safe person with whom all students can share any concerns or issues. She has experience working with middle school and high school adolescents and particularly enjoys working with students learning to cope with the challenges that impact their academic success. At MACCS she will address issues of attendance, truancy and restorative justice practices that help to promote healthy and successful students.
Ms. Johanna will collaborate with the principal, school counselor, the Special Education coordinator and student’s advisors on a regular basis to identify and meet student needs.
Registrar & Receptionist
Office: 505.243.1957 ex. 400
Samantha Chavez has worked with students ranging from Pre-K to High School for more than 7 years. She is currently a student at the University of New Mexico pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has 2) four-legged children: Rusty, a Pomeranian, and Athena, a Pit Bull mix. In her spare time she enjoys any activity that involves being outdoors. Samantha Chavez holds a State of New Mexico EA License.
Office: 505.243.1957 ex. x202
Rick DiZenzo has lived in New Mexico since 1995. He has a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University and was a Mental Health Therapist. Rick’s second career began in 2006 as an Educational Assistant. He holds a State of New Mexico (Level 3) EA License. Rick has experiences with a wide variety of student populations over the years. He has worked with urban students and families at The Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts in East Orange, New Jersey, and has worked with rural students and families on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico.
As an educational assistant, Rick believes in supporting staff, students, and families. As a role model he is fully aware of the impact that adult choices and lifestyles have on kids. Rick is convinced that adults’ decisions and actions (good, and not so good), have significant impact . . . he believes there’s very little kids don’t pick up on. Rick feels that in order to be any good to others, one must take care of themselves. He practices yoga regularly and believes it’s important to manage stress properly . . . always go back to the breath.
Rick is a cancer survivor, undergoing a bone marrow transplant in 1989, of which he says, “Cancer was the best thing to ever happen to me . . . a lot of people go through their lives half asleep, never really consciously confronting death.” Rick values creativity and individuality and has been a musician for 40 years. Once active in the New York City downtown music scene (think CBGBs in the early 1980s), he is currently active in improvisational and composed music projects in Albuquerque.
School Guidance Counselor
Office: 505.243.1957 ex. 102
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.
Office: 505.243.1957 ex. 500
“Fran” is a Native New Mexican, attended Central New Mexico Community College (formerly TVI), The University of New Mexico, and Fayetteville Community College (North Carolina). She served in the Military (U.S. Army) for over 6 years, and has traveled to most of Europe and South Korea. She has worked in New Mexico public education for over 8 years, and is passionate about student success.
Office: 505.243.1957 ex. 104
Marcie Hromas is a native New Mexican. She graduated from UNM with a BA in Comparative Religions. She has worked with youth in Albuquerque, Chicago and Santa Fe. She was a soccer coach, co-led psychotherapy groups, and was a site coordinator for a summer enrichment reading program. She loves to travel and experience other cultures and traditions. She believes that every person has something valuable to contribute to the world and loves to be there to help people realize their potential. She loves to dance, practice yoga, cook, explore nature, and read. She is working towards becoming a movement therapist.
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.
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.