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Posted October 27, 2014

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Michael Stanton, Principal

nex+Gen Academy

Honoring our principals as part of National Principals Month


Meet Michael Stanton, Principal at nex+Gen Academy.

Prior to your experience at Sandia, where else have you worked in APS, and what were your roles?

Assistant Principal at Rio Grande HS
Career Academy and Small Learning Community Coordinator and Director at Albuquerque HS
Special Ed Inclusion Teacher at Albuquerque HS
8th grade U.S. History Teacher at Polk MS

What made you decide to become a principal?

To innovate schools for teaching and learning in the twenty-first century.

What advice would you provide to someone interested in becoming a principal?
Focus in innovation and instructional leadership in a collaborative, decision-making model.

Please share with us one experience you are proud of or a rewarding experience you have had as principal.
Helping five of my teachers become National Board Certified. I am also extremely proud that nex+Gen Academy has become an Exemplary School and National Demonstration Site within the New Tech Network and its 170 partner schools.

What is something that you would like to share with the public/district administration about your school that we might not know? 
We have one of the premier teacher leaders in the country in providing guidance and professional development on project-based learning methodology, Mr. Kevin Gant, a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and Del Norte HS graduate.

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

Having the privilege to design, implement, and direct a successful, nationally recognized school of choice is an honor.

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