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Posted June 13, 2014

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APS Middle Schools Get New Leader

Katarina Sandoval has been named Albuquerque Public Schools Associate Superintendent for Middle Schools.

Katarina Sandoval was named Albuquerque Public Schools Associate Superintendent for Middle Schools this week, filling a position that was recreated when the Associate Superintendent of Secondary Education announced plans to retire later this month.

Eddie Soto had been responsible for the district’s 13 high schools, 27 middle schools and 10 alternative schools. When he decided to retire, the district chose to divide the responsibilities between two associates. Sandoval will oversee middle schools and Todd Resch, former principal of La Cueva High School, was recently appointed to manage the high schools and alternative schools.

“With more than 58,000 students in our secondary schools, we felt the job was just too big for one person. Both Katarina and Todd come with a wealth of experience, having worked as secondary teachers, coaches and principals. They also have a true compassion for students and for public education which I’m sure will serve our schools well,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks.

Sandoval started working for APS six months ago as the executive director of the Office of Innovation. She said she plans to continue working on the schools of choice initiative that will focus on innovation at middle schools.

“Families are hungry for academically progressive middle schools that are safe, nurturing and developmentally appropriate for their children,” Sandoval said. “I will work hard to deliver on this promise to our community.”

Sandoval was the co-founder of South Valley Academy, which is ranked the second best high school in New Mexico by U.S. News and World Report. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.  She is an alum of West Mesa High School.

APS is now looking for someone to head the Office of Innovation which focuses on creating more choices for students in the district.

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