Resource Staff

Elevation Children's Center is continually growing to add new programs and experiences for our students. We currently have an art teacher and drama teacher. We value the arts just as much as we do the sciences. Through freedom of expression, we create critical thinkers and a thirst for knowledge.

 
 

Eva Strauss- Team Teacher

Eva is proud to share her personal narrative. “I was born in Santander, Spain, right next to Basque country. My mom is from Spain and my dad is from New England,” she tells us. She grew up in Albuquerque and has enjoyed her work with children; she has worked with UNM daycare and has volunteered at others. Eva works with Elevation on Mondays and Wednesdays in partnership with our neighbor Mandy’s Farm, which helps developmentally disabled people find meaningful employment in the community. Among her hobbies of going on walks and going to the movies, Eva is most enthusiastic about singing—you may hear her voice singing “Mi Cuerpo Hace Musica” and other Spanish songs during music.

 
 
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Mari Speigel- Team Teacher

Mari has been a gentle presence at Elevation for over a year. She has more recently assisted with teaching music, to which she lends her singing voice and ideas for making music more fun. Mari suggested adding songs like the Chicken Dance for when we use egg shakers. 

Mari has been with our neighbor organization, Appalooza Art Space and Mandy's Farm, for three years. Her favorite activities as a member there include swimming, art, and riding club. Mari loves animals and grew up among many, including alpacas, llamas, and angora goats.

The children at Elevation enjoy Mari as much as she enjoys playing music with them!