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Posted August 12, 2016

You are not alone

In her weekly message to employees, Supt. Reedy reminds staff of the many resources available to them.

You are not alone.

Education can be an isolating profession. Though surrounded by students, we often are the only adult in the room, the only grown up in the hall, the sole worker in a darkened building.

And that can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be.

You are not alone in Albuquerque Public Schools. Whether you are a teacher, principal, custodian or any other employee, remember there are support systems in place to help you better help our students. I encourage you to take advantage of these systems this school year.

Volunteers, for example, provide terrific assistance in our classrooms and schools. Open your doors to parents and grandparents, business owners and retirees, neighbors and community members. There are many ways they can support you and your students, from advising to tutoring to chaperoning. Welcome them, encourage them, embrace their generosity.

And speaking of generosity, we are fortunate in APS to have an Education Foundation that garners financial and in-kind resources to help our students, teachers and schools. Last year, the APS Education Foundation pumped nearly half a million dollars into our schools through more than 100 grants that affected 35,000 students.

To get these grants, you have to apply. The process isn’t complicated and well-worth the time it takes to fill out an online application. There are grants for STEM, literacy, math, clubs and activities and school-wide projects. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information.

These grants are made possible, of course, through the support of our community. There are so many people out there willing to give to our students and schools. School supplies, clothing, food, and money in the form of large, corporate checks as well as small donations. Just this week we announced a new program called APSCents where people can round up their spare change from credit cards and donate it to the Foundation. It touches my heart to know that so many people want to help, that so much of our community cares.  

And of course, the APS administration is here to support our schools, too. Whether it’s Human Resources, Payroll, Curriculum and Instruction, Technology, Communications or any other department, we are here to help you succeed so that our students succeed.

Give us a call. Send us an email. Stop us in the hall. You are not alone. We’re all in this together.

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