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Posted August 7, 2014

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Principal Shift

More than two dozen APS schools have new leaders this school year.

Scott Elder moved from Highland to Sandia. He is one of dozens of principals at new schools this year.

Teachers returning to school this week and students heading back next Wednesday will be greeted by dozens of new principals and assistants. Nearly two dozen schools in Albuquerque Public Schools have new principals this school year, and more than 30 have new assistant principals.

The changes are the result of retirements, resignations and promotions. Also, two dozen assistant principals were hired this school year to help with increased principal workload created by the new teacher evaluation system.

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

High Schools
Seven APS high schools have new principals:

  • Sandia: Scott Elder moved from Highland (principal retired) 
  • Highland: Marco Harris moved from Jackson Middle School to take over for Elder
  • La Cueva: Dana Richardson, who was a La Cueva assistant, replaces Todd Resch, who is now the district’s associate superintendent for high schools
  • Cibola: Pamela Meyer made the move from Jefferson (principal retired) 
  • Rio Grande: Amanda De Bell, who was a Rio Grande assistant, replaces retired principal 
  • Career Enrichment Center/Early College Academy: Pat Arguelles, who was the CEC/ECA assistant, replaces retired principal  
  • Freedom High School – Robin Troup (principal retired)     

Middle Schools
Five APS high schools have new principals:

  • Jackson: Tracy Straub, who was at Hayes, replaces Marco Harris, who moved to Highland
  • Hayes: Antoinette Valenzuela takes over as interim principal, replacing Straub
  • Jefferson: Shawn Morris, who was the assistant at Jefferson, replaces Pam Meyer
  • Polk: Michelle Armijo replaces Eva Vigil, who is now the district’s AVID Director
  • Washington: Angela Rodriguez replaces the principal who returned to the classroom

Elementary Schools
13 APS elementary schools have new principals:

  • Alvarado: Ana Sanchez (principal retired)
  • Armijo: Shawna Stewart (principal resigned)
  • Bellehaven: Ruth Cerutti (principal retired)
  • Chamiza: Interim Pat Willis replaces Frank Chiki (principal search underway)
  • Dennis Chavez: Jessica Kettler (principal retired)
  • East San Jose: Denise Sandy-Sanchez (principal retired)
  • Mary Ann Binford: Teise Reiser (principal retired)
  • Matheson Park: Kathy Harper (principal retired)
  • Navajo: Mary Caitlin Robinson (principal retired)
  • Ventana Ranch: Interim Vernadette Chavez (principal on leave)  
  • Wherry: Rhonda Magee (replaces Kathy Harper)
  • Zia: Interim Pam Wylie replaces Ruth Cerutti (principal search underway).
  • Zuni: Frank Chiki replaces Deborah Elder who was promoted to Executive Director of Innovation for the district

Deborah Elder is one of several new district administrators this school year. Her predecessor, Katarina Sandoval, is now the associate superintendent for middle schools, a job created when Eddie Soto retired earlier this summer. Soto had handled both middle and high schools. Todd Resch now oversees high schools and alternative schools.

Ruben Hendrickson was named Chief Operations Officer for APS after Brad Winter retired this summer. Debora Warren replaces Hendrickson as Executive Director of Budget.

Karen Rudys has been named Interim Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, stepping in for Andrea Trybus who retired last week.

Sandra Kemp moves from director to executive director of Food and Nutrition Services, replacing Mary Swift who retired this summer.

Steve Gallegos was named APS Police Chief at the beginning of the summer, replacing Steve Tellez.

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