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Posted May 1, 2014

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Tracy Herrera, Navajo ES Principal

Tracy Herrera, principal of Navajo Elementary School, is retiring! Tracy has been a dedicated employee of APS for the past 30 years. She started teaching at Marie Hughes Elementary and then later transferred to Susie Rayos Marmon. It was during this time of teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade that she discovered her love for 4th graders and teaching fractions.

After a few years of successfully teaching children, she had an opportunity to make an impact with new teachers and worked with APS/UNM as a clinical support teacher. Tracy helped many first year teachers become comfortable and successful with ideas and guidance. A couple years later she made her move to administration. She was the assistant principal for a short period of time before she became the long-standing principal of Navajo Elementary.

During her time at Navajo she has made lasting impressions on students, staff, parents, the community, and the district. From surviving first year principal jitters to creating the best first day back activities for teachers to team build to way too many years of construction and shipped in lunches to happy tears of growth and sad tears of saying goodbye. Her staff’s response to her news of retiring was, “I’m so happy for you” and in the same breathe, “NOOOOO!!!! Don’t leave us!” Her impact at Navajo and throughout the district has left others with the following thoughts; “She had confidence in me, when I did not”; “adaptive”; “classy”; “brilliant”.

When Tracy is done with her work at Navajo her work won’t truly end, as she still gets to play mom of two growing boys. She will spend some weekends traveling to see her oldest son play baseball at NMJC in Hobbs, and her other weekends watching her youngest son play baseball with Volcano Vista High School and GAS Athletics. She also plans to enjoy spending time with her other family members and friends by going to lunch, movies, and see what other opportunities might arise for her future.

Navajo staff would like to invite all of her colleagues, friends, and family to celebrate her joint retirement on May 14 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the cafeteria: 2936 Hughes Road S.W.


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