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Peggy Muller-Aragon

District 2 Candidate

Candidate Questions and Answers

Why do you want to be a board member for Albuquerque Public Schools?

To continue to bring a sense of civility, objectivity, as well as, an understanding and working knowledge of the teaching and learning that goes on in a classroom.

What is your interest in education?

My interest in education is about providing all children, no matter where they attend school, equal access to a high-quality education. As a former teacher and a mother of three daughters I know the impact a great education has, not only today, but the impact reaches far into the future. Education is a societal equalizer.

In what ways will you support the mission and vision of the district?

You can only support the district's mission and vision by seeking innovative ideas, from all stakeholders, including parents and the students who fill our classrooms. The mission and vision is all about our students, so by supporting our students I will be supporting APS's vision and mission.

How will you work with the superintendent?

I will continue working with the superintendent as any other employer would work with their employee, by having high expectations of our organization and expecting reform that leads to better outcomes for our students.

What is your past and current involvement with Albuquerque Public Schools?

I spent my entire career from 1980 until retirement in 2010, teaching elementary school in APS. I continue to engage friends and family that are still in the classroom so as not to lose touch with what is currently going on in our schools. I advise on best practices, what good teaching looks like and how educators can improve learning.

What should be the relationship between the superintendent and Board of Education?

The relationship is one of employer/employee with each having mutual respect for each role. The superintendent must understand that they answer to the Board and must keep them informed of what is going on at the district and school level, as Board members are not present on a daily basis.

What qualities and skills would you bring to the Board of Education?

I bring the qualities, experience and skills of a classroom teacher. This includes professionalism, an understanding of what good teaching and learning looks like. The ability to listen to all sides and not be pre-disposed on any issue, or give an opinion until I have not only heard, but listened to every side is also something very important to me.

What school or community volunteer activities have you participated in related to the community?

I was a team mom, a classroom mom, parent chair of SIT, fine arts chair, volunteer with Roadrunner Food Bank, political volunteer for local, state, and national candidates, collected clothes for an African orphanage, ward official, and a caregiver.

How do you plan to work with constituents?

My plan continues to be one of listening to every constituent, to help get answers to their questions and concerns and to never diminish their opinion or question that they know what is best for their children and our schools.

What do you see as opportunities and challenges to the district?

I see our children as our greatest opportunity. Our community school movement is another great growth opportunity. Our challenges are stagnated academic performance, most especially for our children of color, as well as, our district's apparent lack of interest in embracing reform.

What do you think is the best way for the district to accomplish the Superintendent’s Big Five?

  1. Early learning - Home visiting programs can give new parents the skills they need to become their child’s first teacher. Being at home with someone who loves you is the best place for a young child.
  2. College and Career Readiness - Preparing students for their future is incumbent on asking them what they are interested in and making sure they acquire the skills and training that businesses in our community require, as ultimately they will be our student’s future employers.
  3. Attendance - Designate one employee whose sole job is working on student attendance. This employee would work with students and parents in creating an attendance plan and helping to implement it.
  4. Developing the Whole Child - The efforts that we are continuing to make in developing the whole child are important to the success of each student, and we need to work to ensure that wrap around services are fully funded.
  5. Community and Parent Engagement - Include all stakeholders in the conversation when discussing what education in the 21st century should look like. The school district might consult with the community and businesses as they see the opportunities that our students will face as they enter the workforce.

If elected, how will you work with the current board?

I will continue to work with the board in a professional and respectful manner, while working to ensure that every decision we make is with the STUDENT’S best interest in mind.