Walendziak returns home to Santa Fe after spending the last 13 years as an educator in Brookline, MA. Coming from one of the best school districts in the country, she brings with her more than a decade of teaching expertise and 21st century educational leadership experience.
Autumn Wise has been a lead teacher and Head of Pre-School at Desert Montessori for over 10 years. She has a deep understanding of the Montessori Method and a solid pedagogical background.
Together, the new directors hope to continue the school’s legacy of social and academic success, while bringing in new ideas and fresh perspectives to guide Desert Montessori School to new heights. They will work to streamline the curriculum, ensuring that each year is dynamic, successive and purposeful from pre-K through sixth Grade. They plan to bring in special talent from around the community to inspire creativity and self-expression by providing rich, well-crafted experiences in Music and the Arts. Phoebe and Autumn are thrilled to be able to merge their diverse backgrounds together to create what promises to be a true educational model.