Office: 505.243.1957, Ext. 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!
Office: 505.243.1957, Ext. 103
Gail Benefield grew up in Pennsylvania and has lived in Austin, Boston, and most recently the Seattle area before moving to New Mexico six years ago. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with an Art History concentration, and a Master of Architecture degree both from the University of Texas, and worked for many years in the architectural field before completing the Master Level College Counseling Program at UCLA and making a career change.
Gail became interested in the field of academic advisement through participating in her own children’s high school and college search process and realizing how many students and parents in this fast-paced, information-overloaded, world need assistance in successfully navigating the complicated process.
In the rapidly changing world of college admissions, Gail’s goal is to support and guide students and families by providing advisement and useful resources regarding high school completion, career and college research, scholarships, financial aid, college admissions exams, application preparation, and all facets of the college search and application process. She ultimately seeks to assist students in finding and navigating the path to fully realizing themselves, their potential, and their bright future.
Gail lives in Sandia Park and enjoys foreign films, traveling, outdoor activities of all types, photography, schmoozing with her llamas, and spending as much time in the ceramic studio as possible. She has two daughters; one providing autism therapy to children and their families in Denver, and the other who trains international au pairs in San Diego.
Gail looks forward to meeting and working with all of you!
Office: 505.243.1957, Ext. 300
Rose Burton was born in the Philippines and emigrated to the United States in 1995. She quickly became a naturalized citizen and began working in numerous fields including retail, healthcare, and the food industry.
She likes to spend her leisure time cooking, gardening, interior decoration, and flower arrangement.
She is excited to be a part of the MACCS team and working with the great students who attend the school.
Rose enjoys her family life with her husband and two daughters.
Student Intervention Specialist
Office: 505.243.1957, Ext. 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, Ext. 600
My name is Daniel Frampton and I go by Dan, or Mr. Frampton. I’ve been an activist and an organizer for 30 years; and have worked on issues ranging from students’ rights while in college back in Pennsylvania to issues with homeless veterans here in Albuquerque. I’ve been a school social worker for six years and have worked with at-risk youth for almost 20 years.
My background leads me to think in a systems-perspective. I believe it’s important to look for the connections between things. Helping students reach their full potential in school is the central focus of my job. My responsibilities include supporting students who receive special education services, as needed, helping students improve attendance and working on the student assistance team (SAT).
I also believe in a strength-based and academically-centered model. While some accommodations for students are a necessity, I believe all students have strengths they may not even realize that can help them in school. My goal is to help students and others recognize the strength of each student and then build on those strengths.
Dr. Kim Hite-Pope
Office: 505.243.1957, Ext. 104
Dr. Kim Hite-Pope was born in Lansing, Michigan. During high school she attended Lansing Community College as a dual credit student, long before being a dual credit student was in vogue. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Michigan State University to study pre-med. In her junior year, she applied to the University of Alaska and was accepted to the WAMI program, a four-state program involving: Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, which supported pre-med and medical students. With receiving entrance to this program, she then moved to Fairbanks, Alaska to attend the University of Alaska.
Dr. Hite-Pope began training as a goldsmith to make gold nugget jewelry. In learning this skill she become a marketing agent for a wholesale jewelry company. This led to becoming the owner/operator of an open-pit gold mining company, which began a change in her career path.
Having built a successful gold mining and wholesale jewelry business, Dr. Hite-Pope left the world of education to live in the wilderness of Alaska. For about seven years she lived in several Native American villages in very remote areas of Alaska.
A fall in the price of gold forced a move back to Fairbanks. At this time Dr. Hite-Pope returned to college and changed her degree program to business management. She married and had two daughters and then moved to a ranch in New Mexico.
While attending college online Dr. Hite-Pope worked as a special education teacher`s assistant thus beginning her career in education. While working full time she finished a business degree, and then obtained a Master’s in Education and became a licensed special education teacher. In 2017 she completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Hite-Pope found that her prior knowledge and skills learned from owning a gold mining business and living remotely helped provide her with a unique perspective. Living and working with a diverse population taught her a high-level of acceptance and a willingness to work with others to reach a common goal.
Office: 505.243.1957, Ext. 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 over 15 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 has sponsored the MACCS Student Government Association and is active in the Math Tutoring Program. He also has served 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, son and two dogs. He likes to travel to various sporting events and is an avid golfer and bird hunter.
Office: 505.243.1957, Ext. 400
Sally Kewayosh is from the Walpole Island First Nation in Ontario, Canada, with both Ojibway and Cree ancestry. She earned a BA in Film Studies from Western University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.
As a First Nation woman, Sally creates films that inherently and overtly exemplify First Nation culture. While continuing her journey as a narrative storyteller, Sally founded her own production company, Achimowin Films. In addition to her latest documentary,three young ladies, Sally has written and directed several pieces for Sesame Street, most notably, R is for Routine, which was filmed entirely in Albuquerque where she has made her home for the past 5 years.
Sally has been involved in education since 2003. She continues to be a dedicated mentor to up and coming artists and encourages lifelong learning.
Registrar & Administrative Assistant
Office: 505.243.1957, Ext. 400
Stephany Munoz is a graduate of Los Lunas High School and studied Music Education at the University of New Mexico. She is a military brat born in Okinawa, Japan, and happy to call New Mexico home.
Prior to joining the MACCS community, she was the registrar at Valley High School and also worked as a Certified Paraoptometric Technician for over 10 years. She is married with 2 children and loves spending time with her family!
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.
Kelli Sandoval was born and raised in the South Valley of Albuquerque. She was graduated from Rio Grande High School where she excelled in Advanced Art. She continued her education at Central New Mexico and Skagit Valley on Whidbey Island in Washington. Kelli enjoys outdoor adventures and indoor gardening.
Office: 505.243.1957, Ext. 306
Jesse Traub was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and attended Monte Vista Elementary, Bosque Prep for middle school, and Highland High School. He went on to graduate from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s Degree (2011) in Secondary Education and a Master’s Degree (2013) in Special Education.
Before joining the MACCS Special Education team, Jesse served as an Educational Assistant for two years, three years as a Special Education Teacher and one year as a Gifted Teacher. Most recently, Jesse served for one year as an English Language Development Teacher for APS working with English Language Learning students.
During his free time, Jesse likes to read books of all different sorts, including classic American novels, young adult novels, and texts about teaching, coaching, and leadership development. Jesse also enjoys playing golf and basketball, and working on his cooking skills.