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APS to Open Office of Innovation

The office is charged with creating new programs and schools of choice within the district.

October 17, 2013

Albuquerque Public Schools announced today that it will open an Office of Innovation to focus on more opportunities of choice for students in the district. To lead that effort, Superintendent Winston Brooks has hired Katarina Sandoval, the principal and co-founder of South Valley Academy.

“Katarina has the tenacity and background that we need in the district to offer more choice and opportunities for all of our students in APS,” Brooks said. “She is bright and has been successful with sustaining a high performing school right here in our own backyard. I am excited about the programs and schools she will expand in the district.”

Sandoval will be charged with creating new programs and schools of choice within the district. This will include the design, development and the implementation to improve academic choices for students. She also will oversee the Charter and Magnet Schools Department, which supports district-authorized charter schools.

“I am excited about this responsibility that will help all students in the city have a better education in good schools where they feel safe, challenged and cared for,” Sandoval said. “This is a huge challenge to accept, but I know that I can make a difference in the lives of more students and I am up for the challenge.”

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.

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