Our Team

Lissa Hines, Altura Preparatory School Co-founder
Lissa Hines, Altura Preparatory School Co-founder and Director of Operations

Lissa Hines has ten years of instructional experience in Albuquerque, NM. She began her career in a Kindergarten classroom at La Mesa Elementary in the heart of the International District. She also has eleven years of experience as a leader in the Oakland Public School, most recently leading Hillcrest School to a 2016¬†Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education. She also led Achieve Academy (a charter school in the high-need Fruitvale district of Oakland) to a 220-point increase in API (Achievement Performance Index), from 600 to 820. Lissa holds and Administrative License in both California and New Mexico, and a Master’s Degree in Multicultural Special Education from the College of Santa Fe.

Meaghan Stern, Altura Preparatory School Co-founder
Meaghan Stern, Altura Preparatory School Co-founder and Director of Academics

Meaghan Stern is an Albuquerque native and recently returned home. She was the founding Assistant Principal of Wooddale Middle School, Green Dot Public School’s first turnaround middle school in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to her work in Tennessee, she was an Academic Director of Cornerstone Academy Preparatory School in San Jose, California. While she was there, the school was named one of California’s Top Schools for “beating the odds” in student performance of English Language Learners and Latino/ students as well as a California Distinguished School. Meaghan is a former bilingual teacher and was a finalist for the West Contra Costa Unified School District Teacher of the Year. She holds a new Mexico Administrative License and a Masters’ Degree in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from Stanford University.