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Nine APS Elementary Schools Will Have New Principals

The Albuquerque Public Schools has named new principals at nine elementary schools in the district for the 2013-14 school year.

David Bennett, who had been an assistant principal at Montezuma Elementary, is the new principal at Apache Elementary School.
Bennett, who holds a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Dayton, was a vocal music teacher with the Columbus (Ohio) City Schools before moving to Albuquerque in 2012. He replaces Roxann Morris, who took a position with the APS Title I Office.

Manuel Lucero, who holds a master’s in education administration from New Mexico Highlands University, is the new principal at Armijo Elementary. Lucero had previously served as a principal in Belen and replaces Rose White, who retired.

Lesley Cummins, who had been dean of students at Zia Elementary last year, is the new principal at Cochiti Elementary. Cummins holds a master’s in elementary education from the University of New Mexico and had taught in APS schools since 1995. She replaces Bernice Herrera, who retired.

Fred March, who holds an education specialist certification from UNM, is the new principal at Eugene Field Elementary. March had taught at Eugene Field for about 18 years and replaces Amy Legant, who retired.

Cindy Bazner, who had been principal at Whittier Elementary, is the new principal at Inez Elementary School. Bazner, who holds an education administration certificate and a master’s degree in elementary education from UNM, had been principal at Whittier since 2005 and has worked for APS since 1989.

Cynthia Bruner, who was an assistant principal at Marie Hughes Elementary last year, is the new principal at Kirtland Elementary. Bruner, who has worked in APS schools since 2000, holds a master’s in business from Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J., and an educational specialist certificate from UNM. She replaces Peter Espinosa, who retired.

Anne Marie Strangio, who was an assistant principal at La Mesa Elementary last year, is the new principal at Lew Wallace Elementary. Strangio, who holds a master’s in elementary education from Oregon State University, has taught in APS schools since 2006. She replaces Venesse Mildren, who took a position with a charter school.

Amy Lane, who holds a master’s in elementary education from New Mexico State University, is the new principal at Montezuma Elementary. She was director of special education for the NM Public Education Department last year and prior to that had severed in a number of administrative positions in Alamogordo and Cloudcroft schools.

Misti Miller, who holds a master’s in music education from UNM, is the new principal at Whittier Elementary. She replaces Cindy Bazner, who is the new principal at Inez Elementary. Miller, who has worked for APS since 1995, was an assistant principal at Tierra Antigua Elementary last year and served as principal at Painted Sky Elementary from 2007 to 2011.

“We welcome these new administrators to their school communities for the 2013-14 school year,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks.

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