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Rev. Buddy Dee Monahan, 1965-2018


Rev. Buddy Dee Monahan, 1965-2018

Reverend Buddy Dee Monahan, age 52, of Albuquerque, NM, passed away on March 27, 2018 in Odessa, TX.

Buddy was born in Talihina, OK, to Irvin Monahan and Theda Tohnika on December 3, 1965. He graduated from Eagletown High School, Eagletown, OK, in 1984. He married Dyanna Krissman on July 2, 1988 at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AR. He graduated from The University of the Ozarks in 1988 and The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in 1991. He worked as a Presbyterian Minister for the PC(USA) for 26 years. He served as Pastor for the Native American Ministry Project in Los Angeles, CA, Chaplain at Menaul School and Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Odessa, TX. Buddy also served on many national committees for the PC(USA) and as pulpit supply for local churches.

Buddy is survived by his wife Dyanna Krissman Monahan of Albuquerque, NM. His children, Jordyn, Brandyn and Ashdyn all of Albuquerque, NM. His brother Tony Monahan of Eagletown, OK. His stepparents Ellis and Audrey Jefferson of Pickens, OK, his Uncle and Aunt Gene and Alicia Wilson of Indiahoma, OK and numerous cousins and friends.

Memorials may be given to The Monahan Children’s Education Fund c/o The Synod of the Sun or The American Indian Youth Council c/o PC(USA).

Honoring Buddy Monahan, read at Buddy’s Albuquerque memorial service by Amanda Cheromiah ‘04

For decades Buddy led energizers. He loved them. He enjoyed watching us engage with one another and he saw thousands of times how energizers built the communities he loved so much.

Many of us here have been on a number of adventures with Buddy. Whether it was at Menaul, in the Presbyterian Church (USA), youth councils or many other realms, we all have stories of Buddy.

My fondest memories of Buddy was at Menaul, when I was a student there over 10 years ago.

While at Menaul, for three summers, a handful of other Native students and I traveled with Buddy to various tribal communities across the nation. One summer we traveled to southeastern Oklahoma to teach vacation bible school.

One afternoon we were in the backwoods taking a “shortcut” somewhere. Buddy knew this road very well. When we approached the road it was a gushing river. It didn’t look too bad though. Buddy asked us, “Should we go through?” My sister, Maredyth Cheromiah, Aaron Sims, Dana Lorenzo and I all smiled and said, “Yes!” So we ventured across the road full of water.

At one point our smiles became looks of terror and our joyous laughter was hushed by the water that started to quickly rise against Menaul School’s purple “Campbell’s Soup” van. Buddy was still smiling though, probably a nervous smile. His arms were shaking trying to position the tires in a more stable position because the van started to slowly slip towards a five foot drop-off. At some point we all started to pray that Buddy wouldn’t sink the van with us in it!

By that point our van stalled and we were terrified that we weren’t going to make it. Aaron started putting on his socks and Maredyth and Dana started gathering their backpacks and stuffed animals, getting ready to start swimming for their lives. Then by a miracle two fisherman appeared from nowhere and pushed Menaul’s purple “Campbell’s Soup” van across the river.

That was the day we survived one of Buddy’s adventures and we loved every bit of it.

Buddy raised up leaders and many of us here are the fruit of his labor.

The greatest gift that Buddy gave me was the truth. God’s truth. Buddy, being a servant of the Lord, ministered to me and sowed seeds in my heart about the high calling on my life. He taught me how to love myself and continually spoke words of life.

After I left Menaul for college, at the University of Arizona, those seeds bore fruit. I eventually gave my heart to the Lord and fully committed to serving Him. I became a Christian. That changed my life forever here on earth and in eternity.

We honor Buddy today by sharing stories of him. His legacy will carry on in each of our hearts and in the stories we will continue to share about him.

God is good, all the time! And all the time, God is good!

A Poem Written for Buddy by Carlos Contreras ‘02

 You cannot change the laws of physics

Remember that?

Most of you won’t

We do –

Those of us who saw him on routine


Many of us knew he knew no routine

His life was anything but

From the good book

To the ball

To the track

To the classroom

And the dinner table


He oversaw them all –

Saw us grow into men and women

Saw us in the grocery store


Over time –

Over time, we often times forget folks

We go on with our lives and find time for that

And those who our respective lives created

Brought about,

About, Buddy –


He was exceptional.

He married my cousin and her husband

Christened another –

I am in tears and regret the fact that I didn’t act

Fast enough for him to bless the beautiful girl

My wife gave birth to.


Sometimes our universe births exceptional beings

This is one of those cases.

Buddy Monahan was a man among men

That realized he was more than a man –


He’s gone.


I read the screen, cried

Sat in silence

Wiped my tears –

Read for class, because he would’ve told me to –

Messaged Mrs. Monahan because he told me to.


Wrote this poem

Because nobody told me to.


Buddy –

We remember you

And although we cannot change the laws of physics

We know that what comes up must come down

And so, you’re up there –


We’re down here – and we expect you now

To check on us.


That’s the law right.

Right now, I know not how to wrap my brain around

All of this – so I write

Because although I don’t pray, you’re the one person

Who got me to believe in the power of it all.


When we stop and realize this world is more powerful than us all –

Sometimes we need to also realize

In our lifetimes, we will be reminded about the fragility

Of life – how it breaks –

My heart is broken –


And as we piece this story together

Tell it to each other and remember.

I will always remember you –

Your smile

The way it made us continue to believe.


You might be gone, Buddy –

But you will never leave.

Forever remembered, my friend.

Until we meet again.

Volunteers in Mission Sought for Fall 2018-2019

VIMSVolunteer Opportunities

Looking for a meaningful way to spend your retirement, to share the camaraderie of a multi-cultural environment? Or are you looking to serve others regardless of your age and status? This is your opportunity! Menaul School is open to volunteers of all ages.

Volunteers undertake many responsibilities and generally work a 7/8 hour day for a minimum of three months, longer if possible, in positions that strengthen the school community. School administration understands that many volunteers who come to the Menaul School are exploring a new state with a fascinating mix of cultures and history, and are open to an occasional day off to attend a pueblo feast day or other special event. Volunteers who come to Menaul are appreciated every minute of every day!

Most volunteers reside on campus in Teacher’s Hall, although you may prefer to rent an apartment or live in your RV. Hook-ups and use of toilet/shower facilities can be arranged. Teacher’s Hall, one of the original school buildings built in 1920, provides comfortable accommodations for married couples and singles. You will be assigned a private room and bath and have access to a communal living area, two kitchens for preparing meals in evenings and on weekends, and laundry facilities. Excluding weekends, meals will be provided in the refectory while school is in session. There are puzzles, games and a TV/DVD for your pleasure, as well as wireless internet access.

Volunteers are encouraged to participate in extracurricular campus life, attend church services, and join in special school traditions as their energy and abilities allow.

One of the most important qualities for a volunteer is flexibility with a spirit of service – a willingness to step-up when needed, adapting to our Menaul and New Mexico lifestyle, which may be different than your accustomed lifestyle. During their time on campus, volunteers serve Menaul as necessary, placing personal agendas on hold. That being said, volunteer work at Menaul School can be one of the most significant and rewarding experiences of your lifetime!


Positions Available:

  • Clerical / Receptionist / Office: 40 hour week; general clerical and computer skills as support staff
  • Housekeeping: General cleaning and maintenance of campus space
  • Library: Cataloging, shelving, clerical, reception/information
  • Development Office: Central hub for funding and Alumni contact, computer skills desired; clerical responsibilities
  • Education / tutoring: Teaching certification required
  • Maintenance: Skilled carpenters, plumbers, and general maintenance/repair
  • Full-time / part-time Gate-Keeper – Evening and weekends

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a position?
Simply send an to the email address in the LEFT column, state your qualifications and availability, giving a snail address and phone number, sharing any information which would help Menaul determine how to best utilize your skills and talents. Attach a resume detailing work history and experience. As common interests are pursued, you will be interviewed (by phone) by Mr. Gilbert and a current Menaul School volunteer. When it is established that the relationship is acceptable to both parties, the School will mail an informational packet.

If I choose to come by plane/train/bus, can someone pick-me-up?
Yes, arrangements can be made with adequate notice.

If I make a 6-month commitment, I will need a change of season clothing. Can I ship packages?
Yes, send boxes to: Menaul School, ATTN: (your name), 301 Menaul Blvd N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87107 Boxes will be waiting in your room when you arrive.

What about mail? Simply submit a Change of Address to your local Post Office stating start and end times. Mailboxes are provided for volunteers.

Is the communal living area coed?
There is a mix of married couples plus single males and females residing in Teacher’s Hall. However, the bedroom assigned will be private.

To request an application or for more information contact:
Nicole Soriano / Assistant to the Head of School or call: 505-341-7252



The 2018 Harper C. Donaldson Outstanding Alumni Award will be presented at Menaul School Honors Night, Wednesday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m. and recognized at Graduation. All alumni are encouraged to submit a nomination for an alumnus or alumna whose life exemplifies the values of Menaul School. Submissions must be received electronically or postmarked by April 25th to be considered for the 2018 award.


During Mr. Donaldson’s 37-year tenure at Menaul School, many young men and women were beneficiaries of an academic, spiritual, and sportsmanship education that led many alumni to illustrious careers in Law, Medicine, the Arts, Science, Government, the Ministry, and entrepreneurship. Students respected his straight-forward manner, his optimism about the future of Menaul and his deep concern for the success of each student. Mr. Harper C. Donaldson exemplified humility in leadership and in the striving for an education for life. The financial status of student applicants, their race, and their religion was never a question as long as a student made a sincere effort to learn in a Christian environment. Mr. Donaldson embodied the Menaul School spirit – ¡Sea la Luz! – making it possible for the light of knowledge, respect for the dignity of all God’s people, and an awareness of one’s responsibility to serve others, and to touch the lives of all who knew him.

The Harper C. Donaldson Outstanding Alumni Award was established in 1999 to honor his memory. Each year, the award is presented to an alumnus or alumna of outstanding achievement and commitment to the values and support of Menaul School.

Selection of Harper C. Donaldson Award
(Revised Fall 2008 – Implemented Fall 2009)

Selection Committee will review all nominations received and make a final decision from those nominations.

The Selection Committee will be composed of:

  1. The current President of the National Menaul Allison James International
  2. Alumni Association
    b.    The Director of Institutional Advancement or designee in that office
    c.    The Menaul School Chaplain
    d.    The three latest recipients of the award. The newest recipient of the award replacing the oldest recipient of the award in an annual rotation.

The selection committee respectfully requests that nominations be typed or neatly printed. Please address all areas of the nomination as completely as possible so that the committee is able to make an informed selection. Each submission should be no more than two pages and include the following:

  • Nominator Information:
    • Name and Class Year
    • Address, Phone & E-mail (E-mail optional)
  • Describe how the nominee exemplifies loyalty and service to Menaul School.How does the nominee demonstrate the values and ideals of Menaul School in his or her life?
    • What contributions has the nominee made to his or her community?
    • How has the nominee served others?
    • Outstanding Alumni Award Criteria:
      • Menaul School graduate
      • Loyalty and service to the school
      • Dedication to the school’s values and ideals
      • Exemplary contribution to the community
      • Service to the needs of others

Please submit nominations to:

E-mail submissions, using the same format described above, are also welcome and should be addressed to

Or mail nominations to:

Institutional Advancement Office
Menaul School
301 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

ALL nominations must be received electronically or postmarked by April 15th!


1999 Conrado Gutierrez `37

2000 Manuel Toledo `35, and Nacor Manzanares `38

2001 Pablo Chavez `46

2002 Jose Vasquez `35

2003 Ernestine Garcia Arndt `46

2004 Elias Valdez `39

2005 Alfonso L. Romero `42

2006 Paul H. Báez `44

2007 Dorothy Montoya Romero `55

2008 Ambrosio Ortega `46

2009 Ted Trujillo `40

2010 Michael Ning `59

2011 Martha Talcott `50

2012 Carlos Candelaria `44

2013 Robert Perea `84

2014 Robert “Coy” Gutierrez `61

2015 Concha Duran Brown ‘59

2016 Armando Sandoval ‘56

2017 Joe I. Candelaria ‘50

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Menaul Middle School Full-Time Social Studies Teacher

Menaul School, an independent day and boarding school for grades 6-12 with a rich Presbyterian heritage, is seeking a highly qualified candidate to join its Middle School Humanities faculty for the 2018-2019 academic year, teaching two sections of Social Studies 7, two sections of Social Studies 8, and one section elective course, in addition to serving as an advisor for a small group of Middle School students. 

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies or History Education and dedication to cultivating the minds, spirits, and bodies of adolescents.  A good candidate for this position will have strong writing skills, experience teaching in the middle school classroom, and a deep understanding of New Mexico history.  A master’s degree and teaching experience are distinctly preferred, as is a willingness to mentor and advise students, and sponsor student activities and/or coach.

Additional expectations of the job include an eagerness to work with other faculty members in collaborative efforts, the willingness to learn and frequently use the school’s digital software program and resources, the teaching strategies to reach a variety of adolescent minds, and the willingness to become part of a community.

Features of the position include small class sizes (10 to 16), individualized instruction, broad teacher autonomy, and a school culture that encourages innovation.   Please see our curriculum guide at for course descriptions and more information about our program in the Middle School.

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a list of three references to: Julie Shuler-Misra, Middle School Director, Menaul School, 301 Menaul Blvd.  N.E., Albuquerque, N.M. 87107, or send via e-mail to EOE.

 Applications will be considered through the end of May 2018.

Important School Safety Update


School Safety

Dear Menaul School Families,

We had a productive School Safety meeting on Monday, March 5th at 5pm. With over 25 families represented, we had three important discussions.

Mr. Gilbert led a discussion where

  1. We reviewed the school’s current school Emergency Procedures and how they were created and implemented.
  2. Based on the parent’s input, the group developed a list of possible improvements to our current safety practices:
  • Parent safety drills / Crisis plan
  • Emergency text alerts
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Teacher training
  • Fire / Bullet-proof doors and windows
  • More secure locks / use of keycards
  • Community involvement
  • Limit campus access
  1. Julie Shuler-Misra and Mr. Gilbert outlined best practices for safe social media use by students:

Mr. Gilbert highlighted what advisors are discussing with their students

  • If inappropriate, what you put on line can and will get you in trouble at school.
  • EVERYTHING you post become public—there are no truly private venues on line.
  • What you post on line can build or detract from building positive relationship and community.

Ms. Shuler-Misra emphasizes that parents need to be appropriately involved with their child’s social media presence. She also urged families to “Wait Until 8th” before providing kids with smart phones.

We discussed briefly the Internet and Safety handout prepared by our Instructional Technologist, Tiffany Lo-Finch. (link attachment)

We promised a follow-up meeting that we will set for late- April.

The meeting concluded at 6pm.

Menaul School 2018 – 2019 Very Quick Look Calendar

Menaul School 2018 – 2019

Very Quick Look Calendar

August 2018

Monday, August 13

Classrooms ready; prep time for teachers

Tuesday, August 14

Classrooms ready; prep time for teachers

Wednesday, August 15 – Thursday, August 16

Meetings for faculty

Friday, August 17

CPR training for those who need it

Classroom prep time for teachers

Monday, August 20

All student orientation

Tuesday, August 21

First day of school


September 2018

Monday, September 3

No school – Labor Day


October 2018

Thursday, October 11

End of 1st Quarter

Friday, October 12

Fall Break – No School

Monday, October 15

Teacher Workday

No school for students


November 2018

Thursday, November 1

Conferences for Middle School

No school for Middle School students

Friday, November 2

Conferences for Middle & Upper Schools

No school for students

Friday, November 16

Grandpanther Day

Half day for students

Monday, November 19 to Friday, November 23

Thanksgiving Break


December 2018

Friday, December 14

Exams for Upper School

Monday, December 17

Exams for Upper & Middle Schools

Tuesday, December 18

Exams for Upper & Middle Schools

Wednesday, December 19

Make-Up Exams & Teacher Workday

Thursday, December 20 to Friday, January 4

Christmas Break



January 2019

Monday, January 7

Back to school – start of 3rd quarter

Monday, January 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School


February 2019

Monday, February 18

Presidents Day – No School


March 2019

Friday, March 8

No School – Teacher Workday

Monday, March 11

Middle School Conferences

No school for Middle School students

Monday, March 25 to Friday, March 29

Spring Break


April 2019

Friday, April 19

Good Friday – No School

Monday, April 22

Easter Monday – No School


May 2019

Tuesday, May 21

Exams for Upper School

Wednesday, May 22

Exams for Upper & Middle Schools

Thursday, May 23

Exams for Upper & Middle Schools

Friday, May 24

Make-Up Exams & Teacher Work Day

Evening: Baccalaureate

Saturday, May 25


Monday, May 27

Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28 – Wednesday, May 29

Faculty Meetings


Menaul School’s 4th annual Passport to World-Class Education Gala

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Menaul School’s 4th annual Passport to World-Class Education Gala, Destination Casablanca, Morocco is scheduled for Friday, March 16, 2018.

Step back in time and enter the exotic world of Casablanca. Join us at Rick’s Café Americain where the colorful décor, savory smells of Morocco and songs like “As Time Goes By” permeate the air. You have arrived! Prepare yourself for an unforgettable evening of music, delectable food, exciting one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items, and a place where lasting memories are made.

Seats are going fast, so register today!

To purchase your seat(s), call Jennie Lo in the Business Office at (505) 341-7248 with your credit card information or mail the registration form and a check to:

Menaul School

Advancement Office

301 Menaul Blvd., NE

Albuquerque, NM 87107

Click here for the registration form and to see sponsorship levels.

Thank you to our fabulous sponsors!

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Global One-to-One – Host an International Student!

Global Ties Albuquerque

World Learning, with partners from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, Experiment Argentina, Experiment Chile, Global One to One, and Global Ties ABQ, is proud to administer the 2018 Youth Ambassadors Program for Argentina & Chile March 22 – April 2. Thirteen youth from South America (ages 15-18) and two adult mentors will gain the knowledge and leadership skills to become more engaged in their communities, and get to know the United States. Youth Ambassadors addresses three primary areas for the students: civic participation, appreciation of multi-ethnic diversity, and youth leadership. In addition, for the accompanying adult participants, it addresses adult leadership and mentoring.

The goals of the program are to promote mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and South America; prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities; influence the attitudes of the leaders of a new generation; and foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups and create networks of hemispheric youth leaders, both within the participating countries and internationally.

The youth participants are selected based on academic achievement, community service, attendance at a public school and English language competency (inbound participants only). During their exchange, participants will focus on the program themes of civic education, leadership and community service and the subtheme specific to each program, through site meetings, experiential learning activities, leadership trainings, civic participation at the community level, mentoring by community, business and NGO leaders, volunteer programs, and homestays with local families (specific to each program location). Students will create project plans at the end of their community program, that each will implement in his/her own country.

If you are interested in being a part of this exciting opportunity, volunteer as a homestay host! Homestay hosts are required to provide the visiting participant a bed, breakfast, dinner, and transportation to the central meeting point (our office) each weekday. Each Sunday will be left as a free day for you to spend quality time with your guest.

For more information and to apply, please contact:
Adelle Lees (Global Ties ABQ) 505-888-1867 or
Sarah Wilkinson (Global One to One) 505-255-2042 or

Here is a form to get you started.

Study Abroad Opportunities for Menaul Students in 2018!

Menaul School has always fostered and promoted the value of diversity- specifically encouraging and guiding students to grow in their appreciation of and understanding of multiple perspectives and cultures.  We are pleased to announce that our curricular program is now expanding to offer students opportunities to travel and study abroad!

Spring Trek 2018 (March 20-30) China

Spring Trek is a 10 day trip to another country in the world. The aim of the trip is for students to participate in a variety of service and cultural learning activities. This year, the trip will be to Beijing and Qingdao, China!  Activities include visiting famous landmarks (the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Lao Mountain, etc.).  Students will also participate in teambuilding and service activities with students from our sister campus in Qingdao, China.

Application forms must be completed by January 31, 2018.

Semester Study Abroad- Qingdao, China

As globalization continues to change the landscape of society and business around the world, we are constantly looking for more ways that we can help position our students for success in the future.  Starting in Spring 2018, we will be offering the opportunity for select students to take Menaul equivalent courses abroad at our sister campus in Qingdao, China.

Application forms for the Spring semester must be completed ASAP.  Applications for the Fall Semester by April 15.

Students and parents should contact Mr. Jonathan Winn ( ) for more information.

Spring Trek