ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Siembra Leadership High School, a new business-focused charter school opening in Downtown Albuquerque this fall, has won a major grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The three-year $353,100 award will fund a coding-capable computer lab and makers’ space with 3-D printer to help students develop apps or new products. It also allowed Siembra to hire an entrepreneurship coach who will ensure that the classes offer “an authentic experience,” according to Jessica Aranda, director of community engagement.
Aranda noted that the incoming coach, Leonora Amaya Gualeni, has a unique background mixing education and business. Amaya Gualeni was most recently a reading specialist at Corrales International School, but she previously ran a printing business with offices in Mexico City and New York.
“We’re excited,” Aranda said. “We were lucky to find someone whose experiences are really relevant to our model.”