Evanelly Lopez grew up in Albuquerque, where she has been a busy student in pursuit of her education for several years. She recently completed her practicum in the Wonderers’ class with mentor teacher, Avery, and now joins Elevation as teacher of our youngest learners! Evanelly earned her Associates’ degree in Early Childhood, Multicultural Education, from CNM.
Evanelly is used to being the oldest among five siblings, but when adventure calls, she loves exploring and travel.
Avery Miller, Co-Teacher
Avery Miller grew up in Albuquerque and earned her B.A. from Highland University with a major in Early Childhood, Multicultural Education. She has taught preschool for eight years and explains that her decision to get more involved with early childhood came from caring for her five-year-old son, Lucas, who is a cancer survivor. “I wanted to figure out how to be the most supportive parent for my child, and the best way I could think of doing that was to become a teacher.” She explains that she was able to learn more about early intervention and special needs through this process. As she relates the challenges of her son’s first years of life in and out of the hospital, you get a deep sense that Avery has a very personal passion for teaching early education. Lucas is doing great—he is in remission and heading off to elementary school this fall.
Avery has familiar ties to professional athletes—her dad was a pro-skateboarder and power lifter, as well as a paralegal. With her boyfriend who is a power lifter and football player, Avery understands all about the world of travelling the country for athletic events. It is a big part of life for her and Lucas, who also “loves being active.”
Kayley "Raye" LaBeau- Team Teacher
Kayley Raye (aka “Raye”) grew up in Albuquerque and has been shaped by her experience at Elevation School. While she is in her last semester in high school, she already has a wealth of experience working with children here. “I became interested in working with kids because of Elevation,” Raye says. “It started as a summer job and turned into what I wanted to do as a career.”
Raye’s hobbies include spending time with her dogs, friends, and family. She loves writing, drawing, listening to music, and shares her mom’s passion for everything Disney.
We admire Raye’s mature sensibility when she first started and we continue to see how the children learn from her caring spirit and light up when they see her. We are thrilled to learn that Raye plans to go into the field of Early Childhood Education and know that she will make a difference in many children’s lives!