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Posted May 19, 2014

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La Cueva Principal Tapped to Take Over as Associate Superintendent

Todd Resch will replace Eddie Soto who is retiring after seven years as the APS associate superintendent for secondary education.

Todd Resch, the principal of Albuquerque Public Schools’ La Cueva High School, will be moving to the administrative building this summer where he’ll begin his new job as associate superintendent of secondary education. Resch is replacing Eddie Soto, who is retiring in June after seven years as an associate superintendent and more than three decades with APS.

Resch, who has been principal at La Cueva for four years, began his 19-year career in education as a PE teacher and basketball coach after a stint in the U.S. Navy. He has served as a teacher, athletics director, dean of discipline, elementary and high school assistant principal, and middle and high school principal.

His years of experience combined with his mindset of service, support and teamwork makes him a qualified successor to Soto, who oversees the district’s 13 high schools and 10 schools of choice, said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks.

“I am excited to work side-by-side with Todd Resch as we continue to make gains at the secondary level, including improving graduation rates,” Brooks said.

Resch said he was deeply “honored and humbled” by the opportunity to the serve the district in this new capacity. “I look forward to working with principals and to serving our schools,” he said.

Soto’s advice to Resch: “Remember who you work for” – the students, parents, employees and community of Albuquerque Public Schools.

“This job is all about relationship building,” said Soto, who started teaching in APS 35 years ago at Washington Junior High School. Over the years, he worked at traditional and non-traditional schools including the Juvenile Detention Center where he says he learned how to interact with students, staff and parents.

“It’s all about service. It’s not about you,” Soto said.

Another piece of advice for his successor: “Remember to listen more than speak.”

Brooks said Soto has been a valuable part of his administrative team and will be sorely missed.

A committee will help find a new principal for La Cueva High School.

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