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Board of Education Recognitions

Posted: October 22, 2021

Principals Who Are New to APS and New to Their Schools

Doreen Trotz, Luke Berglund, Angelica Portillo, Elissa Varney, Erin Northern, Leigh Cavazos Galvez, Lisa Ludvik, Nicole Jaramillo, Desiree Earnest, Christopher Finan, Camille Gonzales, Anthony Lovato, Shayne Goesling, Melissa Sedillo, Modesta Hernandez, and Michele Torres were recognized as principals who are new to their schools and/or new to APS.

As principals, they are expected to be flexible since every day brings different joys and challenges.  They also wear many hats, such as being exceptional leaders, problem solvers, listeners, activists, educators, administrators, trainers, cheerleaders, politicians, managers, emergency planners, and confidants.  All this while trying to keep a balance in the school setting and in life.  We are very thankful for the principals who are new to APS or who are new to their schools this year and for the ways they support students, staff, and the school communities.

  • Doreen Trotz is serving as the principal at A Montoya Elementary
  • Luke Berglund is serving as the principal at Alvarado Elementary
  • Angelica Portillo is serving as the principal at Armijo Elementary
  • Elissa Varney is serving as the principal at Chelwood Elementary
  • Erin Northern is serving as the principal at Cochiti Elementary
  • Leigh Cavazos Galvez is serving as the principal at College and Career High School
  • Lisa Ludvik is serving as the principal at Edward Gonzales Elementary
  • Nicole Jaramillo is serving as the principal at Lavaland Elementary
  • Desiree Earnest is serving as the principal at Mark Twain Elementary   
  • Christopher Finan is new to APS and serving as the principal at Mountain View Elementary
  • Camille Gonzales is serving as the principal at Sandia High School
  • Anthony Lovato is serving as the principal at Taft Middle School
  • Shayne Goesling is serving as the principal at Truman Middle School
  • Melissa Sedillo is serving as the principal at Volcano Vista High School
  • Modesta Hernandez is serving as the principal at Washington Middle School
  • Michele Torres is serving as the principal at West Mesa High School