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Superintendent's News

Posted: November 18, 2022

So Much To Be Thankful For: A Message from Supt. Elder

Read Superintendent Elder's Thanksgiving message.

As I sit with loved ones at the dinner table this holiday season, I have so much to be thankful for. Among my many blessings, I count the APS family I have been fortunate to be a part of for over three decades. I am humbled and honored to serve as your superintendent for the past couple of years.    

What a tremendous opportunity to guide a school district I believe in, composed of employees who give of their heart and soul, children who have so much potential and possibility, families who love those children unconditionally, and a community that hasn’t lost faith in public education. 

Even at its most challenging, our work matters, and I am thankful for the chance to make a difference alongside a talented crew that feels as passionately about public education as I do.  

I am also grateful for our APS Board of Education members, who have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to improving the educational opportunities for our students. They give of their time – so much of their time! – because they believe in their roles and responsibilities as elected representatives of Albuquerque Public Schools. Need proof? Attend the next public conversation board members are hosting at Cibola High School on Dec. 1 or the Spanish session on Dec. 5 at Albuquerque High. You will witness first-hand the board and district’s commitment to working with the community as we strive to improve student outcomes.

Like our board members, many of us in APS put in long days and often nights in support of our schools and the district, which makes me incredibly thankful for a family that supports me, even when they don’t see me as much, and for friends who offer encouragement and wisdom as I face new challenges each and every day.

Last but certainly not least, I am grateful for our holiday traditions, including all that delicious, delectable food this time of year. My favorites? Smoked turkey, tamales, and posole. There’s a reason why this is the most wonderful time of the year.

If thinking about yummy holiday traditions gets your mouth watering, you’ll enjoy this video featuring the culinary arts students at Rio Grande High School talking about their favorite seasonal treats. 

Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for you.