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Posted September 20, 2010

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Valle Vista Principal Teresa Archuleta Among Nation’s Best K-8 Principals

Teresa Archuleta, principal of Valle Vista Elementary, was selected as New Mexico’s 2010 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Archuleta was nominated and selected by her fellow principals through a statewide search process conducted by the New Mexico Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals.

A graduate of the University of New Mexico and the College of Santa Fe, Archuleta has been principal at Valle Vista since 2003. In October, she will travel to Washington, D.C., for two days of activities planned to honor and bring well-deserved recognition to the elementary and middle-level educators chosen by the states, the District of Columbia, plus private and overseas schools.

Criteria for selection of the principals require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations.

Archuleta was nominated for this award by her staff. Last year, her school met AYP after several years of being designated a failing school. They also have a successful dual language program of which her daughter, Madison participates. The school was also recognized for outstanding achievement in teaching English Language Learners.

Archuleta and her husband, Dr. Diego Gallegos, live in Albuquerque, and have 3 children: Ileana Gallegos, 27, Jordan Olguin, 14, and Madison Olguin, 9.

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