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Posted May 24, 2017

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Clarissa Clark, Choral and Orchestra Director, Volcano Vista High School

Clarissa Clark, Choral and Orchestra Director

Clarissa Clark is retiring after an amazing 25 years with the Albuquerque Public Schools.  She began her 28-year career as middle school choral director with the Las Cruces Public School system. She came home to Albuquerque in 1993 where she was hired to teach choir at Ernie Pyle and Rio Grande High School.  After ten amazing years teaching in the south valley, with many, many talented students and dedicated parents, Clarissa moved to Eldorado High School. At Eldorado High School, she enjoyed four fantastic years working to strengthen and further develop the program with terrific students and supportive and engaging parents.   In 2006, she left to become a part of the new west side high school, Volcano Vista High School and has remained with this wonderful community filled with talented singers and devoted parents for the last ten years.  It has been an honor and a privilege for Clarissa to work with talented students and their loving parents.

To work and grow alongside amazing colleagues whose passion, dedication to excellence and support in educating the whole child has been inspiring and uplifting!  Thank you to the many administrators who have continually supported music education and for the teachers, mentors and friends for the love and laughter throughout each and every day in the classroom.

To the many students, always remember, “’You are loved’ and to always ‘Take Your Dream and Make It Happen!” Emails and notes may be sent to

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