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Posted: February 26, 2020

39 Apply for APS Superintendent Job

The next step in the superintendent search is to whittle down the pool of candidates by reviewing resumes, checking references and beginning background checks.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education is seeking an outstanding educational leader to succeed Superintendent Raquel Reedy, who is retiring at the end of the school year. An online application resulted in 39 candidates for the job.

Of the 39 applicants:  

  • 22 are men
  • 17 are women
  • 13 are or have been superintendents
  • 13 work in central office roles
  • 5 are principals
  • 8 work in other positions
  • 19 are from New Mexico
  • 20 come from 15 other states  
  • 7 work for APS

A search firm hired by the Board of Education to find the person best suited to be the next APS superintendent will now review resumes, check references, and initiate background checks. Semi-finalists will be chosen and interviewed to determine a final group of candidates who will be selected for a second interview and public engagement. APS families, employees, students, and members of the community are strongly encouraged to attend these public events where they will hear from the candidates and have a chance to ask questions.

The board hopes to announce the new superintendent by mid-May. The new superintendent would assume responsibilities on July 1.

“We greatly appreciate the interest and input that many members of our community have expressed in the search for the next superintendent and the efforts of those who have participated so far. We invite you to work with us going forward,” said APS Board of Education President Dr. David Peercy.

The superintendent search started with more than a dozen community meetings and an online survey to find the desired qualities and characteristics of a new superintendent. At the top of the list is a superintendent who puts the needs of students first and has a strong background in education.

The top qualities and characteristics of a superintendent, just like everything associated with the superintendent’s search, are posted to the APS website.

Also posted to the website is a comparison of salaries for superintendents of large urban school districts like APS. The Council of the Great City Schools, an organization of the nation’s 76 largest urban school districts, as well as an APS Human Resources Department salary comparison, found that APS superintendent salaries have been on par with similar districts.

The APS superintendent is the CEO of the school district, and as Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for implementing policies, creating programs, managing resources and spending, and building relationships among the Board of Education, administration, schools, students, families, and the community.

Not everyone understands the role of a superintendent, so the APS Communications put together a video on the topic.


Table: APS Superintendent Job Applicants
Applicant's NamePositionEmployer
Rhonda Ankiewicz Special education geometry teacher Kelly Services
Andres Armijo Executive Director &
High School/Middle School
Principal – Alternative
Ed Programs
Las Cruces Public School District
Milton Baca Former Administrator -
Albuquerque Public Schools
Vickie Bannerman Comprehensive High
School Principal 
Albuquerque Public Schools
Gabriella Blakey Associate Superintendent
for Leadership and Learning
Zone 1
Albuquerque Public Schools
Tonna Burgos Executive Director of
Student Services
Rio Rancho Public Schools
Candice Carter-Oliver Chief Executive Officer Confluence Academies
Michelle Cavazos Chief Officer for
Academics and Social
Emotional Learning
Austin Independent School District
Latanya Collins Director Cariculum Inc.
Dino Coronado Co-Founder &
Chief Operations Officer
Self-Employed (xSPEDite School Services, LLC)
Stacy Diller Superintendent Clayton Municipal School District
Jose Espinoza Assistant Superintendent Mt Diablo Unified
Kimberly Finke Principal Albuquerque Public Schools
Todd Fiske Executive Director Summit Preparatory School
Mark Gabrylczyk National Special Education Consultant Utah State University
Marnie Hazelton Superintendent Roosevelt Union Free School District
Troy Hughes Associate Superintendent
for Leadership and Learning
Zone 4
Albuquerque Public Schools
John (Randy) Johnson Regional Instructional
Superintendent -
Central Region
Denver Public Schools
James Kador School Administrator East Baton Rouge Parish School System
Arleen Kennedy Superintendent St. David Unified School District
Wesley Lindsay Superintendent Carrizozo Municipal Schools
John Marino Educational Consultant Consortium for Educational Change
Shannon Mayfield High School Administrator Allentown School District
James McIntyre Assistant Professor &
Director, Center for
Educational Leadership
University of Tennessee
Kristine Meurer Executive Director, Student,
Family and Community
Supports Division
Albuquerque Public Schools
Melinda Moore Hoover Middle School Chorus Teacher Albuquerque Public Schools
Misael Nascimento Executive Director of
Bilingual Services
Rockford Public Schools, District 205
Pablo Ortega ELL Director Des Moines Public Schools
Rodney Rock Associate Professor of
Educational Leadership and
Special Education
Department Chairperson
New Mexico Highlands University
Arsenio Romero Superintendent of Schools/
Chief Operating Officer
Deming Public Schools
Ralph (Stan) Rounds Executive Director New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders
Peter Samaranayake Director of IB Authorization/Teacher United World College–USA
Patrick Sanchez Superintendent Newark Unified School District
Madelyn Serna Marmol Associate Superintendent Albuquerque Public Schools
Willis Smith Principal Hinds County Public Schools
Christy Thompson Division Executive Director Maryland State Department of Education
Lillian Torrez Superintendent Taos Municipal Schools
Bolgen Vargas Consultant Self-employed
Esperanza Zendejas Director of Human Resources San Benito CISD