Marfa International School hires new teacher with Marfa ties
By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA
MARFA – With Marfa International School’s inaugural year over, the school’s administration has begun to implement plans for the 2013-2014 school year.
According to MIS director Mark Brandin, who will be leaving the classroom to focus solely on administrative duties, the school will be welcoming a new teacher to their faculty as well as expanding the science and sports programs.
Juanita Raquel Leos Jenkins, who graduated from Marfa High School as Valedictorian, has been hired full-time to teach students grades 3-5. Jenkins was raised in Marfa and had taught 6th-8th grade science at Marfa Junior High, as well as serving as head coach for the 2000 school year.
Jenkins is fluent in Spanish and has taught at various schools in Texas, most recently at Morton Ranch Junior High in Katy, TX. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Texas Pan-American in Edinburg. Jenkins’ youngest daughter, McKaila will be joining the student body at MIS.
Jenkins is the daughter of Laura Ann Leos and the granddaughter of the late Adam and Antonia Miller, all of Marfa.
Brandin has also announced that Linda Jones will take on a full-time role with MIS teaching Middle School science.
“This year Linda has been an extremely valuable part-time staff member as she has provided extra help in reading, taught math, science, and of course, music,” said Brandin in a written statement. “She will continue to be a ‘jack of all trades,’ however, the extra time is what is needed in order to better develop science at MIS.”
Jones and Jenkins will be utilizing the school’s new science lab, which has been under construction and will be completed by the beginning of the school year.
The school will also be conducting workshops throughout the year following the success of their Young Writers Program. Brandin plans to offer at least four of these workshops. The workshops will take place over the course of one week and will give the students to “step outside the classroom and become immersed in different genres or skills.”
The administration has also begun to expand the middle school’s sports program. The school plans to utilize community resources and facilities outside of the school, such as the new basketball court at Coffield Park and the Marfa Municipal Golf Course, to implement their programs. The school is looking to compete in cross-country, swimming, tennis, golf, and track and field in the coming year.
Future plans for the school also includes a high school, which Brandin said should be developed for the 2014-2015 school year.