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Robert D. Hunter, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Hunter received his BA in English Education from Michigan State, MA in Counseling from WNMU, and PhD in Humanities from Michigan Tech. He is endorsed to teach in the social sciences and language arts, and is also a licensed counselor and administrator. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, playing bass guitar, and scuba diving. He lives with his wife, Kelly, and is the father of a twin daughter and son, Nizhoni and Aidan.

Michael Cunanan


Mike came to MCHS after working as a Special Education team leader for Dowa Yalanne Elementary in Zuni, NM. Prior to his time at Zuni, Mike was Special Ed teacher/Cadre Leader at Alamo Navajo Community School in Alamo, NM. He also taught at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Dundalk, MD. For 10 years he was a College Instructor at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. Michael has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Santo Tomas and  Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Western Australia. He also completed program requirements for Master's of Arts in Special Education and  Doctor of Education from the Philippines. 

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Tim Knowles

Counselor / Service Learning Instructor

Tim Knowles joined the MCHS in July, 2016 after working at Gallup High for 25 years as a counselor and special education teacher. Prior to that, he worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and photographer at the Gallup Independent and interned at the Las Vegas, Nevada Review Journal. He also has served as an adjunct faculty for UNM-Gallup and the Western New Mexico University. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, photography, and graphic design.

Yolanda Wargo

School Registrar/Office Manager

Yolanda joined the MCHS team in July 2020 from Gallup High, where she worked for 26 years as a Registrar. She was born and raised in Gallup, NM. In her free time, she enjoys reading, bowling and is a fan of Dallas Cowboys football, Duke basketball and Las Vegas Knights hockey. She is married to Steven and is the proud mom of her son Zachary, who has started his journey as a Sun Devil at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in Phoenix.


Jeff Hunt
Social Studies Instructor

Jeff received his BA in history from Western State College in Colorado (his home state) as a Daniels Fund Scholar (2007).  He went on to earn his MA in History from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio where he specialized in Early Modern Spanish feminine rhetoric of sanctity.  The last three years have been spent teaching and living in Gallup with his wife and two young sons. Jeff still reads the newspaper everyday, and until recently was the proud owner of a flip phone.

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Jeffrey Collier Kempton
English Instructor

Collier came to us amid a long process of learning about people and studying the human condition. He has BA degrees in Economics and International Studies with a focus on  Sustainable Development as well as an MA in the Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation from the University of Sussex in the UK. During his studies he focused on structural violence and neocolonialism in education. He and his wife just returned with their son from working in southern Vietnam on a project aimed at developing good teaching practices in light of unique contexts. For Collier, very few things beat a good book, a good movie, good music or time with family, but running or riding bikes can come close.

Jen received her Bachelor of Science with double major in French and Biology from University of Louisville and MS in Mammalogy Lab at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focused on determining the evolutionary relationships among bipedal and quadrupedal marsupials. Her interest in echolocation also led her to conduct a research about the foraging behavior of endangered Indiana bat, Myotis sodalis. Jen was raised on the other side of the country (in Michigan, Texas, New York and Kentucky) and relocated to New Mexico 23 years ago. She has been teaching science in this beautiful place ever since. She currently lives in Gallup with her son who is earning his degree at UNM. She enjoys hiking with her dogs, photography, gardening, listening to music, going on adventures, being outside and teaching. 

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Hannah Thompson
College Success Advisor

Hannah is an MCHS alumnus. Her clans are Tł’ógi, Tséńjíkiní, Táb22há, Haltsooi. She's from Tohatchi, New Mexico. She received her Bachelor’s in Criminology from UNM. She has taught English in South Korea for the past two years.  She likes to play Just Dance, listen to podcasts, and travel in her free time. 

Jennifer Van Drunen
Math and Science Instructor

Jenny spent the first half of her life split between Japan and Washington State. Since 2001 she has called Gallup her home where she met her husband and where they are raising their two children. Jenny received her BS in Mathematics from Wheaton in Illinois and her Masters in Science Teaching from New Mexico Tech in Socorro.  Her teaching started in Okinawa, continued in Washington and finally brought her to Gallup where she has taught for Rehoboth, Mckinley Academy and now Middle College. Jenny enjoys hiking, biking, rafting, traveling and is up for just about any adventure. 

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