Mr. Jacob Verghese is an Educational Paraprofessional at Gonzales. He joined the Gonzales team in the fall of 2016.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Appalachian State University. He also holds a Level three Paraprofessional License and is certified to teach financial fitness.
He grew up between El Paso, Texas and Raleigh, North Carolina. He chooses to live in Santa Fe for the people, the arts, and the unique opportunity to make a difference within education. Mr. Verghese once rode a bicycle across North Carolina and tackled a hot air balloon to the ground on another occasion.
Ms. Barnes is currently an Educational Paraprofessional for the visually impaired. During her 15 year teaching career with Santa Fe Public Schools, she has worked with kindergarten through seventh grade students. She has been at Gonzales for two years.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Wesleyan College. Additional education includes Level III EA license and substitute teacher license. Ms. Barnes was born in St. Augustine, Florida and lived in Santa Fe for the past 30 years. She has made Santa Fe her home for the beauty, arts and spirituality here. Prior to moving to Santa Fe she also lived years in Santa Barbara, California.
Ms. Barnes is a published writer of news articles, poetry and essays. She also spends her free-time creating art, writing, singing and enjoying nature. Anniken and Rosie are her two well-behaved and exceptional cats.
Mr. Clark is currently Gonzales’ gifted/enrichment teacher for all grades. He previously taught resource/special education for three years – all at Gonzales.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health and a level one K-12 Special Education teaching license. He attended New Mexico State University and Santa Fe Community College, and is currently in the process of obtaining a gifted enrichment endorsement.
Mr. Clark decided to become a teacher because alternative facts don't cut it, and wanted to teach truth to the youth. He grew up in Santa Fe and wants to give back to the community that provided him with so much growing up. He was employed as a case manager at Santa Fe YouthWorks! for five years before making the transition to teaching exceptional students. Through a rigorous application process, he was accepted into the first cohort of SFPS fellows program. The fellows were fast-tracked through the Santa Fe Community College alternative licensure program and placed in Santa Fe schools throughout the district.
Mr. Clark recently married his beautiful wide, Heather who is the deputy director of the local non-profit YouthWorks! He continues to give back to the community where he grew up by helping run a youth homeless emergency shelter in collaboration with Santa Fe YouthWorks!
He also enjoys and taking advantage of the beautiful snowfall in northern New Mexico by snowboarding in Taos and Santa Fe. He and his wife live in downtown Santa Fe with their gingerbaby, an eight-year-old Pitbull rescue.