Phoebe Walendziak, Executive Director

Phoebe Walendziak was born and raised in Santa Fe. After graduating from the University of New Mexico with a B.F.A in Dance she moved to Boston Massachusetts. While there, she earned her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She has spent the better part of the last decade working as an educator and instructional leader in the Brookline Public School system.   After recently returning home to Santa Fe, she is thrilled to bring her experience, knowledge and passion to the community at Desert Montessori.


Autumn Wise, Associate Director

Autumn, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, has been a resident of Santa Fe since 2005, and a dedicated teacher at DMS since 2006.  Her love for Montessori began when she chose a Montessori pre-school for her own child. Inspired by the Montessori approach, and the way her daughter flourished, Autumn decided to pursue Montessori teacher training. Autumn acquired her Primary (Ages 3-6) Montessori certification through North American Montessori Center in 2007 and taught in our Pre-K/ Kindergarten classroom for five years.  During that time, Autumn completed trainings in MACAR (Montessori Applied to Children at Risk for Learning Differences) and SEE (Sequential English Education).