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Posted December 4, 2015

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Superintendent Not Used to Spotlight

Like most educators, Supt. Reedy isn't in this job for glory or recognition.

Photo courtesy ABQ Journal

It was a bit surreal reading about myself on the front page of the Journal last weekend. It was a nice article, and I did enjoy looking at the old pictures of my mother and me in my hometown of Laredo, at Harvard and with my daughter. Where have the years gone?

But I’ve always been a behind-the-scenes kind of person, as I know so many of you are. We don’t do this job for the glory or recognition. Yes, it’s nice this time of year when students bring in small tokens of appreciation, especially when they’re homemade, though the cookies and candies aren’t good for the diet! Some of my favorite gifts over the years have included student drawings of me that downplayed my waistline and focused on my earrings, and a poem that called me “The Queen of Mitchell (Elementary School)”.

But honestly, the greatest reward in this profession, most of you would agree, is making a difference in the lives of the children we teach; in making our community a better place to live by providing student opportunities for success and happiness.

During the interview, I talked to the reporter a little about the APS Academic Master Plan. This is a blueprint for what teaching and learning will look like in Albuquerque Public Schools over the next five years. We have a committee that’s setting goals and outlining the plan, which we will take to stakeholders – teachers, parents, students – for input when we return from winter break. Stay tuned for details. We really want to hear what you have to say as we continue to work, often without a spotlight on us, to improve the lives of students in our community.

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