Rachel Lee Waldrop – Director

When Ms. Rachel was growing up, she wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer AND a National Geographic Photographer. She spent many years of her childhood in Guatemala and loves to travel. Ms. Rachel’s favorite things are rock hunting, photography, gardening, learning about other cultures, live music, and being in the water.  She has been married to her husband David for fifteen years and has three children – ranging in age from nine to twenty-five. She has been in the early childhood education field for over 20 years and in addition to education, she also has a degree in cultural anthropology. Three words that describe Rachel are funny, compassionate, and activist.

“I love spending my time with children because they teach me so much. When you truly listen to children, you learn how innately wise and capable they are and are reminded that it’s still possible to see the magic in everything around you.”

Melissa Martinez-Gallegos – Assistant Director

When Ms. Melissa was growing up, she always wanted to be a teacher. She worked in the Dragonflies (2 year-olds) classroom at Garcia Street Club for three and a half years before becoming Assistant Director – a position she’s held since 2016. Melissa loves to play with her one year-old daughter Stella and hang out and have fun with her big family. Melissa is currently studying to be a Speech Language Pathologist and has always had a passion for supporting the development of language and communication in young children.

Three words that describe Melissa are level-headed, responsible, and problem-solver.

Amy Vargas – Teacher & Cook

Ms. Amy has worked at Garcia Street Club for over a decade. As the Kitchen Coordinator, Amy helps administer the food program. She plans and prepares healthy meals and snacks for the children. She also frequently works in the classrooms and helps keep the school organized and running smoothly. Amy was born in Embudo and grew up in Taos. She loves being outdoors – fishing, camping, or just spending time with her two daughters Andrea and Alicia, her step-son Nico, and the newest addition to her family – her baby granddaughter Avery.

Three words that describe Amy are happy, energetic, and reliable.

Alex Irish – Owls Class

As a kid, Mr. Alex wanted to be a delivery milk man as well as an artist. “The plan was to distribute milk AND art during delivery routes.” He has now been working in the education field for over 6 years. His background is in creative writing and English literature and has had a number of short stories and poems published! When Mr. Alex isn’t at school, he is home enjoying a good book, sculpting, writing, and enjoying some family time with his wife, two young sons, and mother-in-law.

“The importance of pre-k development cannot be overstated; the opportunities to inspire and to instill a love of learning, and to foster that sense of wonder children have.”

Caitlin Rodriguez – Owls Class

Andrea Tovar – Black Bears Class

Jacqueline Ortega – Black Bears Class

Jasmin Castillo – Red Foxes Class

Gloria Burrola – Red Foxes Class

Even as a child, Ms. Gloria wanted to be a teacher and has spent over 12 working in early childhood education. Her favorite thing about working with children is learning and sharing with them. She has been married for over 20 years with three children, and she and Ms. Chely are sisters! Ms. Gloria’s favorite things to do are spending time with her family, home interior design, and dancing and singing. Ms. Gloria can seem a little shy but enjoys being silly and having fun with the children and families.

She can be described as responsible, hardworking, patient, and loving.

Nicole Morales – Jackrabbits Class

Genny Sanchez – Jackrabbits Class

Ms. Genevieve (Genny) wanted to be a pediatrician or a pediatric nurse when she little. When she was younger, she did a lot of babysitting and taught in a local afterschool program, which helped her realize she wanted to work in the education field. Genny’s hobbies include doing crafts, taking nature walks, and spending time with her partner and four children. Genny has a great sense of humor and three words that describe her are friendly, outgoing, and loving. Ms. Genny loves adventure and would love to go skydiving one day!

 Sasha Henriss-Anderssen – River Otters Class

Gentry Hilton – River Otters Class

Ms. Gentry was born and raised in Santa Fe. She lives with her parents and her dog, Zac. Gentry has worked in the early childhood education field for about three years – mostly as an art teacher. Growing up, she always wanted to be an artist. She loves to paint and she regularly shares that passion with the children at Garcia Street Club.  She also enjoys cycling and tries to read as many books as possible. Gentry can usually be found playing chase and other games or making art with the children on the playground. Three words that describe Gentry are creative, energetic, and artistic.

“I love working with young children because I find their perspectives fascinating… and there’s never a dull moment!”

Josephine Lopez

Ms. Josephine is originally from Glorieta, New Mexico. She has been in the early childhood education field for over 20 years and has been teaching at GSC since 2013. When she was a little girl, Ms. Josephine wanted to be a dentist or dental assistant. Josephine loves to spend time with her family. She has a son, a daughter, and five grandchildren.

“I love working with children because it just makes my day to be around them. I love the things they do and say.”