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Posted April 25, 2011

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Retirement: Dora Ortiz

Dora Ortiz, Dolores Gonzales

Dora Ortiz is retiring after 23 years as principal of Dolores Gonzales Elementary School.  Ortiz began as a bilingual assistant at Duranes Elementary in 1977.  She worked on her teaching degree while working as an assistant and became a kindergarten teacher at Eubank Elementary where she taught for the next 11 years.  In August of 1988, Ortiz became the principal of Dolores Gonzales Elementary where she has led and mentored many educators and has consistently advocated for the equitable and successful education of bilingual students.  She has been a visionary in implementing and supporting dual language immersion programs in APS.  Her commitment to leadership in education has been recognized by numerous awards including:  MANA de Albuquerque “Brindis a la Mujer Hispana” 1997, NMABE Administrator of the year 2006, Principal of the year 1997, NMABE Bilingual Education Administrator of the year 2005-2006, UNM College of Ed Distinguished Alumni Award for Ed Leadership 2006.  Ortiz has influenced the education of numerous children and has earned the admiration and respect of colleagues, teachers, parents and students.

Dora joins several other Dolores Gonzales Elementary retirements this spring.

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