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Posted February 14, 2013

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APS Superintendent Named Outstanding Educator by National Group Representing Hispanic Leaders

Winston Brooks receives the honor from Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.

Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks has been selected as an Outstanding Educator by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, the nation’s premier organization for administrators dedicated to advancing the status of Hispanic students and improving the quality of public education in the United States.

“I am honored to announce that Superintendent Brooks has been selected as one of our Outstanding Educators,” said ALAS Executive Director Veronica Rivera. “We recognize all he has done in supporting ALAS and in playing an instrumental role in the establishment of ALAS de Nuevo México, the new state affiliate of our organization.”

Brooks pushed for the creation of a New Mexico affiliate of ALAS, authorizing APS Associate Superintendent Eddie Soto to put together a steering committee made up of administrators from across the state. As a result, ALAS de Nuevo México was formed in the spring of 2012.

Like its parent organization, the mission of ALAS de Nuevo México is to advocate for public education by inspiring and cultivating the development and promotion of Hispanic educational leaders for the benefit of all students.

“New Mexico needs to develop and support strong educational leaders who can help improve the academic success of all students, including our Hispanic children,” said Brooks. “I’m proud to be a member of ALAS and now ALAS de Nuevo México because I believe we need to come together as a state and a nation if we want to see all students succeed in school and in life.”

ALAS de Nuevo México now has more than 100 members from the across the state and is partnering with like-minded organizations including the New Mexico School Board Association, the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators and Dual Language of New Mexico to provide a voice, an advocate, for all of the state's public school students.

The national ALAS organization recently announced that it will hold its annual conference in Albuquerque in 2015.

Any school or district administrator interested in getting involved with ALAS de Nuevo México is encouraged to visit the organization’s website at ALASdeNM.net.

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