Rio Grande Enrichment Studies L.L.C.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Traditional * Tutorial * Christian Education

RGES Faculty


  John Kinzer- earned a BS degree in Geology and a minor in History from the College of William and Mary. With an MA in Christian School Administration from Grace College, he has taught and administered in Christian schools since 1981. He has held professional certification in history and science and ACSI certification as a school superintendent. He enjoys teaching children and his four children have all been pupils in his classes. From 1991-1995 he was the directer of Hope Christian School Summer Day Camp. John enjoys hiking, fishing, gardening, camping, and reading.  He serves on the Board of Noah Webster College in Albuquerque.  He is a frequent speaker on Education and America's Providential History topics to both adult and student groups and summer camps. John teaches high school history and science courses. 

Marcie Kinzer
- earned a BS degree in Biology from the College of William and Mary and a MA degree in Liberal Arts from St. John's College. Teaching in Christian schools since 1980, she has experience teaching first through eighth grade and high school. Marcie serves on the Noah Webster College Board in Albuquerque.  Marcie's hobbies include cooking, nature study, computer programing, and parenting adult children.  Homeschooling each of her own children from the first grade, she began RGES as a pilot program in 1994.



Jan Burton- attended the University of Illinois for two years and completed her BS in Food Science at CA Polytech State University. Raised by a Home Economics Teacher/Librarian, Jan has been managing a home since her marriage to Mark Burton in 1981. She has been studying and practicing home education with their three children since 1986. She is also a real estate agent with La Entrada Realty.



Mark Burton
- started teaching for RGES in 1999 following retirement from the Air Force. His three children have all studied in RGES. He has a BS in Aero/Astro Engineering from the University of Illinois. He also has a MS degree is in Systems Engineering from Wright State University. In addition, he has earned the ThD. degree.  Dr. Burton publishes Community Impact News (CINews) and completed the 12 week Developing Your Worldview online training course with Worldview Weekend Online Institute. He attended The Truth Project Conference at Focus on the Family and leads Bible study groups using The Truth Project video series. Mark has taught mid high, chemistry, physics, model rocketry, auto mechanics, electronics, and worldview classes for RGES.  He has also maintained the RGES website, coordinated the RGES science fair, and organized the annual  Christian Heritage Speech Competition. 



Denise Cionelo- Denise Cionelo earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from The University of New Mexico in Elementary Education. She married Gerald after teaching in APS for three years. She has home schooled their five children for the past 15 years, supplementing their education at RGES. She has taught high school and elementary grade classes for RGES for many years.  She enjoys math and teaches the RGES Pre-Algebra electives class.  



Waid Griffin- received his BA in Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Texas Tech University. He also earned a Masters in Music Theory and Composition. Waid is a professional oil artist with paintings in several major art collections. He resides in Albuquerque and has taught art classes with RGES since 2000.

Marilyn Hershberger - is a graduate of California State University with a BS in Geology.  Her MS in Geological Sciences is from the University of Arizona.  Marilyn married her husband Vern and has three children.  She has taught grades 6-8 in the RGES mid high program since 2010.


Shannon Hoskovec - teaches Physics and Chemistry classes in the  RGES program.  She is married and has four children.  Shannon graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a BS in Mathematics.  She has earned many credits in Electrical Engineering.  Shannon also presents seminars and workshops to interested groups in Biblical thinking and America's Christian Education.


Patricia Torres - is mother of three children, and has 12 years experience as a Sunday School teacher.  She currently teaches the RGES Spanish classes and also teaches Spanish to elementary students grades 1-5 at Calvary Christian Academy.  Patricia served three years as translator at Calvary of Albuquerque, and Spanish is her first language.  She loves giving students a new language tool to use in spreading the good news of the Gospel.  Her hobbies include photography, working with children, and serving the Lord.


 Laura Wright- received her BA degree from University of New Mexico in English with minors in music and psychology.  Once a homeschool student, Laura studied in the RGES mid high and high school programs.  Her hobbies include music, broomball, hiking, tea, and football.  Laura wants to be a good representative of the Lord and able to encourage students in their walk with the Lord and in their education.  She teaches high school literature.



Jeanne Mouchet- earned a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from UNM in 1983. She has performed many roles in Opera and Musicals. Jeanne has taught voice privately for many years. She has served as choir director at First Baptist Church in Santa Fe, and at Capital Christian School in Santa Fe. The Mouchet family now lives in Albuquerque. Their three children have all attended RGES.


Steven Radigan- received a BA in University Studies from the University of New Mexico. He served the Lord for many years in business and sales.  His hobbies include fishing, fishing, fishing, gardening, and history.  He hopes to be a good resource for parents and families, and he cares deeply for young people.  His class is both an opportunity and a challenge for him to present God's providential work.  Steve teaches New Mexico History and is the Electives classes administrator.


Ruth Stearley - earned a BS degree in Nursing from UNM and worked for a short time in cardiology at Presbyterian Hospital before she and husband, Jon, became parents.  Ruth taught classes and served as a leader in the Homeschool Ministry of Hope Evangelical Free Church in Albuquerque for many years.  Beside Biology, her hobbies include baking, hiking, and four wheeling in the Jemez.  She loves the study of Biology and the way it reveals God's glory.


Diana Turner - loves Theater and Music.  She has been the director of the RGES Play for the past four years.  Diana directed multiple children's and young adult's plays and musicals for more than 15 years.  She performed in lead roles in various musicals with ACOLA/Musical Theater Southwest, is  involved with Opera Unlimited, and performed children's operas in many venues in NM.  She loves teaching and earned the MA in Education.  She taught 9 years in APS as a reading specialist and elementary teacher.