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Posted August 9, 2017

New Principals at Several APS Schools

The changes are the result of retirements, resignations and promotions.

Many students heading back to school next week will be greeted by new principals and assistant principals.  More than a dozen APS principals retired or resigned and many others were promoted or changed schools.

“We’re excited to start the new school year with so many talented administrators who are enthusiastic about their new assignments,” said APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy. “We will provide them with lots of support and look forward to a great year.”

High Schools

Atrisco Heritage Academy Principal: Irene Cisneros was given the head principal job after serving as interim principal last school year when Antonio Gonzales moved to Human Resources and then was named associate superintendent.

Sandia Principal: Larry D'Anza was given the head principal job after serving as interim principal last year when Scott Elder was named Chief Operations Officer.

Volcano Vista Principal: Vickie Bannerman, former principal at Wilson Middle School, takes over for Valerie Atencio who moved to Human Resources.

Volcano Vista Assistant Principal: Paula Nunez, who was an instructional coach at Hillerman Middle School, replaces Marcia Rizzardi who resigned.

Del Norte Assistant Principal: Deanne Smith, the former principal at Eisenhower Middle School, takes over for Kevin Hubka, who retired.

Nex+Gen Academy:  David Lynch, who was the principal at Garfield Middle School, replaces Amelia Milazzo who moved to Curriculum and Instruction.

Middle Schools

Eisenhower Principal: Victor Sanchez, who was the school's assistant principal, steps into the top spot when Deanne Smith moved to Del Norte.

Eisenhower Assistant Principal: Holly Hargrove, former principal at Arroyo Del Oso Elementary, moved to Eisenhower to assist new principal Victor Sanchez.

Garfield Interim Principal: Dan Gutierrez, who was Garfield's assistant principal, takes over for David Lynch, who moved to Nex+Gen.

George I. Sanchez K-8 Principal: Sara Carrillo, who comes from Mountain View Elementary, takes the place of Gene Saavedra who now is a support principal for the district.

George I. Sanchez Assistant Principal: Sharlene Andersh comes from Rio Rancho High School to fill the newly created position.  

Hoover Principal: Rebecca Sanchez, former principal at Osuna Elementary, replaces Robert Abney, who resigned.

Hoover Assistant Principal: Joseph Williams, the former Sandia High athletic coordinator, replaces Terry Dahl, who moved to Valley High in January.

Jackson Assistant Principal: Kimberly Crabtree, who was an instructional manager for Curriculum and Instruction, fills the assistant principal position left vacant when Victor Sanchez moved to Eisenhower last school year.

Jefferson Principal: Anthony Fairley, who was an assistant principal for the Home Hospital Program, takes over for Shawn Morris, who moved to Van Buren.   

Madison Principal: Debora Garrison made the move from Mitchell Elementary when former principal Andy Legant moved to McKinley.

McKinley Principal: Andy Legant takes over the job left vacant by Vernon Martinez's retirement.

Truman Assistant Principal: Laura Chiang, a former teacher at Mary Ann Binford Elementary, takes over for Shelly Henderson who moved to the Special Education Department.

Van Buren Principal: Shawn Morris, who was principal at Jefferson, replaces Jeri Heileman, who resigned.

Wilson Assistant Principal: Ivan Reeves, who was the dean of students at Wilson, steps in following the resignation of Tamara Lopez.

Coyote Willow Family School Assistant Principal: Adrianne Hopper, who was a teacher at Desert Willow, fills the newly created position.

Desert Willow Family School Assistant Principal: Trish Teasdale, a former teacher at the school, fills the newly created position.

Elementary Schools

Adobe Acres Principal: Denise Balderas, a Rio Rancho High assistant principal, fills the spot left by Annittra Atler, who moved to the Special Education Department. 

Alvarado Principal: Caitlin Robinson, who was at Navajo, takes over for Ana Sanchez who moved to Mitchell.

Armijo Principal: Julietta Contreras, the former principal at Lowell, steps in after Shawna Stewart retired.

Arroyo Del Oso Principal: Deborah Henley, who was an assistant at John Baker, fills the vacancy left when Holly Hargrove moved to Eisenhower.

Bandelier Principal: Annette McCoy, who was the school's assistant, takes over following the retirement of Amy Lane. 

Bandelier/Governor Bent Assistant Principal: Kaye Bates, formerly with the Special Education Department, will serve both schools in this position that is new to Governor Bent and was once held by Annette McCoy, who is now the Bandelier principal.

Bel-Air Principal: Kathy Casaus, who was an instructional coach at E.G. Ross, steps in after the retirement of Lisa Grusy.

Bellehaven Principal: Kimberly Baiamonte, former assistant at Janet Kahn, fills the vacancy left by the retirement of Ruth Cerutti.

Chaparral Principal: Valerie Hoose, who was an assistant at Manzano High, replaces Jacqueline Lovato who transferred to Matheson Park. 

Double Eagle Principal: Crystal Friedman, who was an assistant principal, fills the vacancy left after Robin Hoberg retired. 

Emerson Principal: Antonio Medina, the school's assistant principal, moves up after Denise Brigman retired.

Emerson Assistant Principal: Andrea Ochoa, who taught at Rudolfo Anaya, fills the job left open when Antonio Medina became the school's new principal. 

Georgia O’Keeffe Principal: Gwen Maldonado, who was a special education assistant principal at Dennis Chavez, steps in when Kathryn Shull transferred to the Special Education Department. 

Hodgin Assistant Principal: Rhonda Sandoval, who was an assistant at Marie Hughes, fills this newly created position.

Kirtland Principal: Rayetta Baty, a former assistant at Highland High, takes over for Cynthia Brunner, who retired.

Lowell Principal: Danielle Calvillo, who was an assistant principal at Hillerman, fills the position left vacant by the transfer of Julietta Contreras to Armijo. 

Matheson Park Principal: Jaqueline Lovato moves from Chaparral when Kathy Harper retired.

Mary Ann Binford Assistant Principal: Natalie Martinez, a teacher at Armijo, fills the position vacated by Aimee Sewell who moved to Wherry. 

Mitchell Principal: Ana Sanchez, formerly the principal at Alvarado, replaces Debora Garrison who moved to Madison.

Mitchell/Janet Kahn Assistant Principal: Jennifer Peak, the instructional coach at Sombra Del Monte, will serve both schools in this position that is new to Janet Kahn and was once held by Kimberly Baiamonte who moved to Bellehaven.

Mountain View Principal: Anthony Lovato, who was an assistant at Valley High, replaces Sara Carillo who moved to George I. Sanchez. 

Navajo Interim Principal: Elias Casaus, who was a teacher at Rudolfo Anaya Elementary, takes over for Caitlin Robinson who moved to Alvarado.

North Star Part-Time Assistant Principal: Cynthia Gaillour, who was an instructional coach at Osuna, will fill the newly created position.

Osuna Principal: Hannah Myers, an instructional coach at Bellehaven, takes over for Rebecca Sanchez who moved to Hoover.

Tierra Antigua Interim Principal: Frank Telge, the former assistant, was name interim principal when Sharon Olsen retired.

Valle Vista Assistant Principal: Amanda Reyes, who was a teacher at Emerson, fills the position created by the retirement of Melissa Salazar.

Wherry Principal: Aimee Sewell, former assistant at Mary Ann Binford Elementary, steps in when Rhonda McGee retired.

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