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Dr. Robert Jenkins moved to Colorado fresh out of high school, earning his B.A. (History) and later a Masters degree (Liberal Arts) from The Colorado College.  Later, he earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado.  With over forty years experience teaching all grade levels from pre-school through graduate school, Dr. Jenkins has also served as an elementary principal and school district superintendent in various locations in southern Colorado.  After moving to Santa Fe, Dr. Jenkins taught five years at Santa Fe High School and is now enjoying retirement working on several boards including the Monte del Sol Governing Council.  In his leisure time Dr. Jenkins enjoys his cabin near Creede, Colorado as well as training for the swimming Senior Olympic as the New Mexico state champion in the sprints.  Being President of the Governing Council is an ideal way to share his wide knowledge of and support for K-12 public education.


Joe Butler
JOE BUTLER, Finance Chair

Born in Peabody, Massachusetts in 1952, Joe moved to Santa Fe with his parents in 1960. A 1969 graduate of St. Michael's High School and 1973 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a degree in accounting, Joe later earned a teaching credential at the College of Santa Fe. He taught at the high school level at St. Michael's High School for 15 years and was the school's athletic director for 13 years. After leaving St. Michael's, Joe was the athletic director for Santa Fe High School and Moriarty High School before becoming assistant director of the New Mexico Activities Association, the governing body of athletics in the state of New Mexico, before retirement in June 2018. Joe was twice named New Mexico Athletic Director of the Year and was honored by the Christian Brothers of St. Michael's High School with Letters of Affiliation for his dedication to the school and its mission. Joe is married to Chela Butler, a teacher and long-time volleyball coach, and they have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.
Mara Bruton

Mara has been an educator for 15 years.  She has worked in special education at schools in Oregon, Michigan and New Mexico and is currently the Special Education Coordinator at The MASTERS Program Charter High School in Santa Fe.  Mara’s first position in New Mexico was as a special education teacher at Monte del Sol from 2004-2008. She is very happy to be able to serve MDS again, this time as a member of the Governing Board.  Mara has her bachelor’s degree in special education from Michigan State University and her Master’s in Education from the University of New Mexico. Mara is married to Zach Taylor, also an educator in Santa Fe, and has two daughters, Bria and Liza.  She enjoys camping, hiking, reading and traveling with her family.
Margarita Blanco graduated from Monte Del Sol in 2013. Her teachers from MDS and the philosophy of the school itself inspired her to pursue a career in education. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Mexico in Elementary Education and a minor in Philosophy. Margarita is currently a pre-school special education teacher at Kirtland Elementary School in Albuquerque and a board member for MDS.  She has a beautiful and quirky 4 year old daughter named Tala. Her pastimes include reading and practicing martial arts.