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Posted: May 8, 2020

Appreciation

Superintendent Raquel Reedy expresses her appreciation for teachers, nurses, and public servants -- in other words, all APS employees.

Dear Teachers, Nurses, and Public Servants (in other words, Dear APS Employees),

This was your week to be recognized. Last Friday was School Principals’ Day. Tuesday was National Teacher Appreciation Day. On Wednesday, we celebrated National Nurses Day. Tomorrow wraps up Public Service Recognition Week.

Every employee in Albuquerque Public Schools fits into one or more of these categories.

I hope it was a good week for you, filled with thanks and praise. I hope you know how much you are valued, that you are feeling more appreciated than ever.

I don’t need a designated week to remind me of how special our employees are, of how lucky I am to lead this amazing team. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed the enthusiastic tributes and acclamations all over the internet this week. APS social media was filled with examples of gratitude. There were videos, photographs, good wishes. Some schools left signs in employee yards and gift baskets on their doorsteps. A few delivered pizza and ice cream. Most of the tributes, like everything else during the coronavirus contagion, were virtual. So many bright and beautiful messages of love, hope, and a longing to be together again soon.

My time as a public servant is winding to an end. I have spent four and a half decades in the public sector, and though it hasn’t always been easy, I have no regrets. When you work to serve others, you learn resilience, flexibility, creativity. You are part of a team but own your voice. How well you do your job reflects in the success of others. Often, egos have to be set aside. You’re in it for the greater good.

I could never have anticipated that my long career in public education would wrap up amid a global pandemic. Still, I wasn’t surprised when the educators I have worked alongside for years stepped up and faced down this challenge with absolute grace and grit.

I still have a few more weeks on the job, and we have a ton of work ahead of us, from figuring out budgets to coming up with a plan to reopen schools to helping our students make up for the learning gaps that occurred by missing so much instruction.

I will be working harder than ever during these final few weeks as your superintendent. And when it’s time to say my final farewells, I know I will be leaving the district in the good hands of dedicated public servants.

I appreciate that.

Superintendent Raquel Reedy