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.
What Sara humbly shares when asked a few more questions, is a lifetime of experience connected with organic farming. When she moved from Portland back to Albuquerque (where she spent most of her childhood), Sara spent three years working at the Rio Grande Community Farm. This may have been the spark for a new venture: “I went WWOOF-ing,” she said, and traveled to Central America through an exchange known as “Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms.” Through this organization, she 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. One of the highlights was working on a curry-producing farm, where Sara learned about all the plants involved in the process of dehydrating them into curry powder.
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. “We had orchards,” Sara explains, “with grapes, pears and apples.” There were also milking goats, sheep, and chickens and ducks for eggs. At the time, her daughter, Holly, was an infant.
On her current path, Sara is taking prerequisites toward a degree in Occupational Therapy. Her daughter also joins Elevation as one of our newest Explorers. Elevation is thrilled to have an expert on board if we take on any farming projects in the future!
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—more than half her life. She has been teaching for nine years in a variety of classroom settings. Natane enjoys fusing her educational background and love for hip-hop (break-dancing) with children, making it fun as well as engaging. She and her family love dancing together, being active and travelling. 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, cherished member of the Explorers’ class!