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Posted October 1, 2014

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Gabe Garcia, Principal

Duranes Elementary Magnet School for Careers

Honoring our principals as part of National Principals Month


Prior to your experience at Duranes ES, where else have you worked in APS, and what were your roles?
Chaparral and Corrales Elementary Schools, in Albuquerque, NM

What made you decide to become a principal?
I fell in love with teaching and wanted to help students and teachers beyond just one classroom.

What advice would you provide to someone interested in becoming a principal?
Being a principal is about influence, not power; letting those who are affected by decisions have a voice in making them. You will never be the same because of this experience

Please share with us one experience you are proud of or a rewarding experience you have had as principal.
In 2006, I received Principal of the Year for my demonstrated commitment to my students, staff and parents for improving our school in academic improvement, safety, facility renovations, and serving as a role model.

What is something that you would like to share with the public/district administration about Duranes ES that we might not know?

We are proud that we guide our Kindergarten students from Kindergarten to 6th grade promotion, working diligently to get to know them and their families.

Please provide one sentence/paragraph about your overall thoughts of being a principal, and what it means to you.

A principal has the awesome privilege of being a servant to all, as well as a leader who builds shared leadership and helps build dreams for all stakeholders and together makes those dreams come true.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Everyday a principal plans for the best he can do and then responds to the surprises each day and each life brings in a positive way that whispers to him as he returns home, "Be proud, you made a difference today"!

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