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Posted April 7, 2015

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Principal Remembered for Love of Kids, Starbucks, Colorful Ties

APS mourns the passing of Stephen Maresca, the beloved principal at Arroyo Del Oso Elementary.

Letter to Arroyo del Oso Community from Diane Kerschen, associate superintendent for elementary schools.

We have very sad news to share with you. Over spring break, Principal Stephen Maresca passed away while on vacation with his wife. It appears Mr. Maresca died of a heart attack.

Albuquerque Public Schools couldn’t have asked for a better professional to serve our students and work with staff. It’s impossible to describe our grief and heartache for the family and friends left behind.

Our District Stress Management and Recovery Team met with Arroyo Del Oso staff Friday to share the loss and offer counseling options for those struggling with the unexpected news.

Our Crisis team will be at school again today and tomorrow for students and staff who feel the need to express their feelings in a secure and private setting. We will also ask Arroyo Del Oso staff to help us identify any students who may exhibit trouble coping so they can be referred to a school professional who can help.

For anyone needing assistance outside the school day, the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line is always available at 1-855-NMCRISIS or 1-855-227-5485.

Death is always difficult and so too is the decision as to when and how to inform people who need to know when something like this happens. Social media doesn’t have a vetting process. The school district has to be respectful of the person’s family and can’t share personal events like this without first having proper permission. We hope you understand the rationale for waiting until today to officially share this tragic loss with you.

Those of you who knew Mr. Maresca are aware how much happiness mattered to him. He brought great joy to us all. For that we thank you, Mr. Maresca for always giving your utmost service and dedication to the school and the students. We will miss you.

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