Sara Carrion, Co-Teacher
Sara learned about the Reggio Emilia philosophy while working at Portland State University’s early childhood center. Inspired by this experience, Sara went on to graduate from UNM with a B.A. in Human Development and Family Relations.
Sara spent three years working at the Rio Grande Community Farm in Albuquerque. This may have been the spark for a new venture: Sara subsequently traveled to Central America through an exchange known as “Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms.” Through this organization, she went “WOOFing,” as she called it, and volunteered on organic farms in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, as well as in Maine, Oregon, Coonridge Goat Farm in New Mexico, even the Gesundheit! Institute in West Virginia.
Sara moved back to Washington to work at a farm in 2013, then took on the enterprise of leasing a 20-acre farm from a sustainable agriculture land trust in Oregon. On her current path, Sara is taking prerequisites toward a degree in Occupational Therapy. Her daughter, Holly, is an Elevation student who loves the outdoors.
Natane Lim, Co-Teacher
Natane was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University with her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Natane has a passion for teaching, and has been working with little ones since she was 14. She has been teaching for more than a decade in a variety of classroom settings and is currently an instructor of Early Childhood at CNM. Her attendance at an educators’ conference in Reggio Emilia, Italy, informs her teaching and practice.
Natane enjoys fusing her educational background and love for hip-hop and break-dancing with children, making it fun as well as engaging. Natane also helps teach dance with her husband at their studio, The Dancing Turtle, here in Albuquerque. We are thrilled that Natane has chosen to bring her talents to Elevation, and excited to be part of the growth of her daughter, Tassi.