Bunny Class – 3 1/2 to 6 years old
Ingrid Smith, Co-lead preschool teacher
Laura McCloskey, Kindergarten teacher/Co-lead preschool teacher
“I love coming into the homey atmosphere of Little Earth School every morning and wondering what new thing I will learn that day. I love art, nature and guiding young children.
At Little Earth I am surrounded by creativity. I am able to be outdoors and explore nature with the children for a significant portion of every school day. The children are motivated to learn, explore and experience the world in ways I have never imagined. These educational opportunities make me excited to teach and come to work with new ideas.
I love that I have never gotten the same response, reaction or product from the children over the twelve years I have worked at the school! I love that at Little Earth the staff is so dedicated to the spontaneity of learning, to guiding young children to be creative and to think outside the box, to be close to and respect nature, and to be respectful to themselves and others.”
I have been working at Little Earth School for 12 years.
BA in Studio Arts and Elementary Education, College of Santa Fe, 2003
State of New Mexico Elementary License K-8, 2004.
Anna Connell, Co-lead preschool teacher
I have been working at Little Earth School for 7 years.
Black Bear Class – 6 to 8 years old
Linda Brody, Lead teacher
“I feel lucky to be at a school where I have the opportunity to continually create and refine a curriculum that is both exciting for me to teach and really addresses both the academic and developmental needs of each child in my class. When I come to school each day, I think not only about what I am going to teach, but what I am going to learn. At Little Earth, I am always learning along with my students and fellow teachers – we are a true community of learners and thinkers, and I feel this environment is so important to instilling a life long love of learning in our students.”
17th year at Little Earth School; B.A., German, University of Chicago, 1980; M.S.T., University of Chicago, 1982; Illinois Teacher Certification, 1992; New Mexico Department of Education Elementary License, K-8, 1994
Isidro Urtiaga, Assistant teacher
“ I wish I had the opportunity to go to Little Earth School when I was a child. The children at Little Earth are learning valuable skills that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Other schools often overlook these skills. Children at Little Earth are learning how to learn, not just memorizing and taking tests. I love teaching here because Little Earth is part of our community and has a history in Santa Fe. Little Earth provides learning experiences that parents and students will always remember, as will I!”
I have been working at Little Earth School for 11 years. I am studying towards an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education at Santa Fe Community College.
Ravens Class – 9 to 12 years old
Juli Curtis, Lead teacher
“At Little Earth, I have found my home within a family of educators committed to offering the best education that honors a child’s unique love of learning and fosters a connection to the natural world around us. I feel honored to come to work each day, eager to see what the day holds and what we will discover together, whether it be in the classroom, out in the yard or up a tree.”
3rd year at Little Earth School; I hold a degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in the Sciences from SUNY Plattsburgh in New York State. I also studied Ecology and Environmental Technologies at Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks and have been an environmental/outdoor educator and trip leader for the past 15 years. I have been teaching upper elementary grades for the past 17 years and this is my fourth year at Little Earth School.
Patricia De Dios, Spanish Teacher
Jillian Mazure, Art Teacher
Andy Mason, Music teacher
Marika Lowe, Dance teacher
Marika’s love for creative expression has led her to pursue a very varied artistic path.Preceding her BFA, with emphasis on performance art, at UNM, she explored the different inner rhythms of the human body starting early on with vocal experimentation and traveling with a German Choir to different parts of Europe. Later she worked in the Cranio Sacral, somatic and energetic realm as well as studied the pulse of flamenco dance, modern, ballroom, folk dance and improv.
She is thrilled to be part of the children’s exploration of their own unique expression here at Little Earth
Marika received training with Matilde Coral, Pilar, Concha Vargas and others in Seville, Spain, studied in Germany, Miami and New Mexico.
Currently Marika is part of the practitioners program for Wisdom Healing Qi Gong and staying connected in the 5Rhythms dance space.
This is her first year at Little Earth.
Carolyn Brandi, Administrative Assistant
“I love working at Little Earth because I believe in the quality of education that we are providing. I love being a part of the process that enables children to obtain the gift of a love for learning that they will carry with them on their journey through life.”
8th year at Little Earth School as Administrative Assistant.
Was a Little Earth Parent for 12 years. 16 years Administrative office experience.
Ellen Souberman, Director
“Little Earth School is every educator’s and every child’s dream come true. I feel honored to work with teachers who are so dedicated to their profession, who understand so well what the true education of young children requires, and are willing to work hard to achieve it for the benefit of every child in their classrooms. I know that children at Little Earth will acquire the academic skills they need to succeed. But equally important to their success as individuals, I know that each child at Little Earth, whatever their culture, ethnicity or economic status, is recognized and respected for who s/he is and encouraged to pursue his/her interests. I know that children at Little Earth are encouraged to question, to think, to feel, to be curious and creative. I know that children at Little Earth are taught to be comfortable with, and interested in, diversity; to listen attentively and respectfully to the opinions of others; to directly experience the natural world and be stewards of the earth; to problem-solve and resolve conflicts non-violently; and to stand up for what they believe in and for the rights of others. I know that children at Little Earth are encouraged to play, and to experience and celebrate life with all their five senses. I know that with this kind of education, a better world must be possible.”
B.A., Psychology, Rutgers University, 1969; J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law, 1976; legal practice focusing on education, family and adoption law, 1976-1987. Co-edited with Michael Cole, Vera John-Steiner and Sylvia Scribner, Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes, by L.S. Vygotsky, Harvard University Press, 1978.
Director of Little Earth School for 30 years.