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Former APS Board Member Berna Facio Passes Away

Two-term representative was dedicated to the well-being of students

Former APS Board Member Berna Facio Passes Away

A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 18 at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church

March 15, 2010

Albuquerque Public Schools is remembering former school board member Berna Facio, who passed away March 13, 2010. The two-term representative, known for her dedication to impoverished children in particular, served from 2001 to 2009 after an elementary teaching career. 

“Berna Facio gave all she had to the children of Albuquerque for 15 years as a teacher and member of the APS Board of Education,” Board President Marty Esquivel said. “She had an extraordinary heart for students who came from socio-economically difficult backgrounds and made it her mission to see them succeed. We will miss her very much.”

Facio represented District 3, covering the North Valley, part of downtown, Corrales and a section of the West Side, for eight years. She did not seek re-election at the end of her second term in 2009.

The board honored her by renaming APS’ Montgomery Complex to the Berna Facio Teacher Training Center in December.

“There is no question we will miss Berna Facio,” APS Superintendent Winston Brooks said. “Having been a teacher, she knew what was needed in the classroom and was a tremendous advocate for making sure students got the support they needed.”

Facio earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of New Mexico and a degree in secondary education from the College of Santa Fe after her children were grown. She taught at Tomasita and Alameda elementary schools for seven years before resigning from the district to take a school board seat.

Facio is survived by her husband, Manuel, and five children. Two of her daughters became teachers in APS, Angelica at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, and Elizabeth at Montezuma Elementary.

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