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Voices of Prep

By encouraging each student’s growth within a challenging and supportive academic environment, Prep inspires a deeper enthusiasm for learning. Hear what our community members say about their Prep experience.

What Our Teachers Say:

What Our Parents Say

What Our Middle School Students Say

What Our Upper School Students Say:

“I believe a teacher helps students to understand how they learn, what works, and what doesn’t.  The most important aspect of this process is to work with students within a structure that each student builds; they are self-reliant and can direct themselves to achieve.” Dave Caldwell, Athletics/Physical Education


“I was immediately attracted to Prep because of the energy and joy that was present on campus. My time here has confirmed that this is a daily expression of our school. Prep is one of the most well-rounded environments I have taught in since the beginning of my career. The opportunities to explore the arts, athletics, and academics in a safe environment while also being challenged is a gift that I am incredibly honored to have each and every day.” – Rebecca Sam, Middle School Science/AP Environmental Science


“Two of my favorite ways to pass a day—reading and writing—I get to do with young people, all day, every day. My mind and soul crack open, and I am grateful.” Sarah Stark, English


“Prep students are without a doubt tremendously well-prepared. But what really astounds me is their ability to make things happen! Of course, our students believe in themselves, but what sets Prep students apart is truly knowing they can have an impact and doing so with absolute determination.”
Kendel Fesenmyer, Director of Studies


“Learning is what happens when curiosity meets knowledge.”  Chris Chakeres,
Middle School Science


“Having taught in independent schools for nearly a decade, I can honestly say that there is something unique about Prep, its culture of academic excellence blending seamlessly with an emphasis on the individual’s contributions to the community, whether in the classroom, on the trail, or in service to organizations around New Mexico. Prep’s teachers, administrators, and staff, more than any other school community I’ve been a part of, are truly committed to educating the whole student.”
Adam Lowenstein, English


“The best thing about teaching at Prep is the enthusiasm of our students. Classes are filled with students open and willing to participate in activities, and who respect each other’s work.”   Brad Fairbanks, Performing Arts Chair


“During a recent student-led Honors English discussion, I listened to 18 juniors/seniors whom I hadn’t taught since 9th grade. Their depth of analysis and quality of articulation deeply impressed me.  It was a great testimony to the teaching going on at Prep.”
Liz Friary, English