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Meet Our Next Superintendent

The APS Board of Education has selected Dr. Gabriella Duran Blakey as the next superintendent. She officially takes over on July 1, 2024.

About APS's Next Superintendent

Gabriella Duran BlakeyDr. Gabriella Durán Blakey, a native of Albuquerque who has spent her career working to improve outcomes for students, will be the next superintendent of New Mexico’s largest school district. 

Blakey signed a two-year contract and will earn a $295,000 salary. She officially takes over as superintendent on July 1.

Blakey, 48, is currently serving as Acting Superintendent. She previous served as the the district’s Chief Operations Officer, overseeing everything from transportation and school meals to APS Police and more than 16 million square feet of facilities. She directed the investment of millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements to make schools safer, and she and her team have overseen the rebuilds of five schools and the construction of two transportation centers.

During the pandemic, she led district initiatives for COVID-19 safety protocols in schools, coordinated food distribution of over 1 million meals to the community, worked with the city’s Emergency Management Department and the state Department of Health to set up community vaccination sites, and played a key role in the reopening of all 143 APS schools.  

Blakey – who attended Sandia Base Elementary, Van Buren Middle School, and graduated from Highland High – said she is devoted to Albuquerque students and to the community.

“I’m committed to listening, and I’m committed to delivering results to make sure that we achieve the goals that our community has very publicly outlined for us and for the school board,” she said. “I know that it’s our responsibility to make sure that we work as a community to better our student outcomes and achieve the goals.”

Altogether, she’s served APS for more than 20 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and associate superintendent. As an associate superintendent, Blakey:

  • Created a school transformation model for three schools designated as failing, resulting in increased student performance outcomes.
  • Developed a school data scorecard, leading to increases in key performance indicators at every school in her learning zone and resulting in increased student performance on the state assessment of up to 30%.
  • Implemented, trained, and led Instructional Rounds as a model of professional development for 143 principals, resulting in a double-digit increase in student performance on the state assessment.

As superintendent, Blakey will lead the district in its ambitious new strategic plan to improve academic outcomes for 68,000 students. She will also oversee the daily operations of more than 140 schools, lead 12,000 employees, and collaborate with students, educators, support staff, parents, families, elected officials, community members, and union partners, to create opportunities for all students.

Blakey, who began her career as a high school social studies and English language learner teacher, will be stepping into the position currently held by Superintendent Scott Elder, who is leaving APS when his contract expires on June 30.

She earned her doctorate of education and Master of Arts in educational leadership from the University of New Mexico and holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from New Mexico State University.

Dr. Blakey is an accomplished violinist who plays for the Symphony Orchestra of Albuquerque and is a member of the boards of Explora Children’s Science Museum, United Way of Central New Mexico, and the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program. Her husband, Paul Blakey, is also an educator and a professional musician.

About the Superintendent Search Process

The APS Board of Education selected Dr. Blakey after a rigorous nationwide search. Learn more about the superintendent search