Estrella Mondragon sweeps the patio on the terrace of La Fonda on the Plaza last week in preparation for a wedding. Mondragon has been working at La Fonda since the start of the summer as part of a Santa Fe Public Schools’ Work-Based Learning Program.

Matejo Heitzman figured he’d have a summer job flipping burgers.

The 17-year-old rising senior at The MASTERS Program charter school at Santa Fe Community College instead is doing sales and marketing and working the front desk at the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi.

“I’m glad I found this because it’s a significant upgrade,” Heitzman said.


Fernando Tapia checks the group reservations at La Fonda after printing out the spreadsheets he has been working on. Tapia enjoys the work. 'At first, it was let’s just do it for the summer,' he said. 'Now I feel like I can do this my whole life.'


Ray Sburluck, left, speaks to Josh Braddock and David Munoz, right, about the food and drink options available at La Fonda's Bell Tower Rooftop Bar. 

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