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Posted May 20, 2014

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Brad Winter Retiring after More than 20 years with APS

A celebration will be held for the Chief Operations Officer as well as for Eddie Soto, associate superintendent of secondary education, at 4 p.m. Wednesday at City Centre.

After more than 20 years with the Albuquerque Public Schools, Dr. Brad Winter, who currently serves as chief operations officer, will retire effective May 30.

Winter, who started his career with the district as a teacher at Sandia High School, said he has enjoyed his time with the district. “I hope I helped make a difference in students’ lives and made their environments better, while at the same time making APS a better place,” Winter said.

A graduate of Highland High, Winter started his career in education as an instructor and track coach at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs. He returned to Albuquerque to continue his education at UNM and applied for the position at Sandia in 1992.

“When the dean of students position at Highland opened up, I jumped at the chance,” said Winter, who added that he enrolled at UNM to get his doctorate degree in education with the goal of becoming an administrator at a community college. “I later became an assistant principal at Highland and then La Cueva, so I just stayed in the public schools.”

Among the accomplishments Winter is most proud of during his tenure with APS is building 11 schools to relieve crowded classrooms on the Albuquerque’s West Side and of building the district’s first new football stadium in 45 years—the West Side Community Stadium, which opened last fall.

“When I started as the director of the capital master plan office, APS had just lost a bond and mill levy election and schools on the West Side were really crowded,” Winter said. “I was able to work with the community and with neighborhoods to get the support to pass HB-33 elections and bond elections to get schools built.”

He cites as the most challenging part of his current position as the balancing of his role with the school district and his role as an Albuquerque City Councilor, a position he has held for more than 14 years. “Sometimes there was a tug of war between city issues and educational issues, but we were able to work through them,” he said.

As he transitions to retirement, Winter, former college pole vaulter, said he is looking forward to spending more time on the river honing his skills as a fly fisherman and working out. “Of course, I’ll still have plenty to work on with the City Council. Being a city councilor and the COO was like having two full-time jobs,” Winter concluded.

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