Todd Knouse, Head of School
I was born in Bend, Oregon, but moved to southern California with my mom shortly after being born. After high school, I went to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. I knew all along I wanted to be a teacher, and was lucky enough to get a teaching job in San Luis Obispo right after graduating.
During my first year teaching I met my wife-to-be, who was also a first year teacher. I taught for 10 years in elementary and middle school, and went back to school for my Master's degree in Educational Administration before we moved to Albuquerque. When we came to Albuquerque, I worked as a teacher trainer for Albuquerque Public Schools for four years. In 2011, I was hired to open NMIS as a brand-new school. I have been leading the school since we opened our doors, witnessing us grow from a tiny start-up to the amazing school we are today.
My wife and I are blessed with three great kids. Our two oldest are in high school, and our youngest is a student here at NMIS.
Julia Rivera-Tapia, Assistant Head of School
Corinne Teller, Finance ad Business Director
I am from Albuquerque, NM. I graduated from Valley High School and then went on to graduate from UNM with a Bachelor of Science. After graduating, I lived in Chicago and Florida. I have always been interested in the diverse education offered through charter schools. I am not seen at the school very often because I am often in my office crunching numbers, doing what I can to drive the finances behind our successful school. I love working in an office, working with the numbers an helping with the students when I can. This is my first job working at a school- working around children and parents who appreciate the benefits of a charter school like NMIS makes it even more enjoyable to come to work! I love the sounds of kids working, playing and learning to speak Spanish.
Alicia Gutierrez, Receptionist / Registrar
I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During my sophomore year of high school, my father’s company moved to Rapid City, South Dakota where I finished my high school career. After graduating in Rapid City, I returned to Albuquerque and attended UNM for two years. During this time I was hired at Untied Parcel Service as a customer counter clerk and was later promoted to a supervisor position where I worked for fifteen years. While working for UPS, I met my husband, John. Together we have three children, Jessica, Erica and Anthony. After having my three children, I made the decision to leave my work with UPS and instead stay home and to raise my children. During this time I volunteered at Petroglyph Elementary School helping in my children's classrooms. After many volunteer hours, the principal at the time, asked me to take a long term substitute position in a pre-school class where I fell in love with teaching. I have spent the last ten years working in early childhood classrooms. Now that my children are older I have decided to begin a new venture outside of the classroom. I am so pleased to have found NMIS, this wonderful school with such a warm community to continue working in schools
Eliza Gutierrez, Receptionist/ Substitute Teacher
I worked for the Public Schools and the Public Education Department for over 35 years. I retired in 2013 from Bernalillo Public Schools. I am truly enjoying substituting in the classrooms here at New Mexico International School and working at the front desk.
Lauren LoBue, Health Assistant
Hey there! I’m Lauren LoBue and I’m in the health office at NMIS. I’m excited and grateful to be a part of such an amazing community. You’ll see me helping out around school and handing out ice packs and band aids! Although my professional career has been in business and real estate up until this point my true passion and main priority is my children and my family. My daughter, Reagan, is a student at NMIS and she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 13 months old. For most parents, having a sick child is one of the worst things that could possibly happen! Her diagnoses was devastating, however, I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason. Reagan’s diabetes has pushed our family to make healthier choices and focus on wellness every day. It also reminded us that life is precious and should be lived to its fullest! Our goal is to teach Reagan that we all have our issues and hers just happens to be diabetes. My husband has struggled with food sensitivities for years and I have had asthma since I was a small child. Despite our “bubble family” issues, we strive to camp, travel and explore our amazing planet as often as possible. We are always on the hunt for the next great adventure! I look forward to meeting you all and your awesome kids! Please stop by the health office to say “hello”