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Posted: December 3, 2018

2019 Hall of Honor Inductees Named

Longtime educators Margaret Clark and David Ostrovitz will be inducted in March at the APS Education Foundation's annual Gold Bar Gala.

First introduced in 2017, the Albuquerque Public Schools Hall of Honor is now an annual recognition. The APS Education Foundation will honor this year's inductees at the annual Gold Bar Gala on March 22, 2019. Following the event, their plaques will be displayed in the APS Hall of Honor located on the first floor of the APS administration building (Bruce and Alice King Educational Complex), 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE. 

This year, the Foundation received a record number of nominations. In order to be considered, nominees must have served the district for at least 15 years and shown a deep and lasting impact on their fellow APS employees the students the district serves. The volunteer APS Hall of Honor Selection Committee made up of current and retired APS employees as well as APS Education Foundation Board members thoroughly reviewed all nominations and letters of recommendation before arriving at their decision for the 2019 induction. Those not chosen this year will be still be considered for future induction for the next two years.

The APS Education Foundation is proud to announce the 2019 APS Hall of Honor inductees:

Margaret Clark

Margaret Clark retired from APS in 2006 after 34 years working in the district as a teacher, principal, and trainer. She began her career with APS as a teacher, teaching single grade and multi-grade primary and intermediate students. She was also a Title I math teacher and Master Teacher. She went on to earn her license as an administrator and served as principal.

During her tenure as principal of Wherry Elementary School, the school received the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence. While at Wherry, Ms. Clark is fondly remembered for ensuring that families felt part of the school and even established a parent room. Parents were also encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities. Ms. Clark created a positive climate in the school by rewarding positive behavior, and she never failed to dedicate time to each student. She actively solicited feedback from students, her teachers and staff and parents at every opportunity.

Ms. Clark is also credited for implementing the Reading Recovery Initiative in APS after becoming a reading recovery teacher in 1999. She co-authored two publications while serving on the National Board of Directors for Reading Recovery and presented at annual conferences. As a leader in her field, Ms. Clark taught graduate courses at the University of New Mexico to further educate and support administrators.

A lifelong learner, Ms. Clark was a passionate advocate for professional development. Her staff at Wherry made time for professional development opportunities by lengthening the school day so that they could enhance their practice through monthly mini in-services and individual consultations with a literacy consultant. Ms. Clark pushed her teachers to take risks and learn new strategies.

Her nominator, Pam Kerkmans, writes, “Margaret’s vision continues to be this: The single most important part of student achievement is teacher expertise. She is a dedicated educational leader as well as a person who has shared her vision with many educators. Her quality leadership and inspired lifelong quest for ‘what are best practices for children’ has consistently guided teachers to become focused and effective professionals.”

David Ostrovitz

David Ostrovitz retired from APS in 2012 after 34 years as a guitar instructor at Manzano High School. Before Mr. Ostrovitz (or “Mr. O” as he is remembered by his students and colleagues), there was not a guitar program at Manzano High School, so he built one. Starting with feeder schools to get the word out, in just a few years his classes were brimming with students.

Mr. Ostrovitz took a leadership role in providing students the gift of music, and he worked to ensure that his fellow teachers were equipped so that their students could reap the many benefits that music instruction provides. Mr. Ostrovitz served as the chairman for the APS Guitar Committee for 25 years, he provided methods, curriculum, and materials for guitar instructors, he presented workshops at the New Mexico Music Educators Association (NMMEA) and he created a pilot program that resulted in the first formal inclusion of guitar programs at the NMMEA All-State Music Festival. The list goes on, as Mr. Ostrovitz also created two levels of music technology classes. He trained students to serve as sound crews and recording engineers that not only served the school but the district. His students continued to benefit from his hard work and passion as he provided internships with local recording studios, radio stations, and live sound companies.

His nominator, Carla Erickson, writes, “David Ostrovitz was not only a successful and popular guitar teacher at Manzano High School, but he was personally instrumental in keeping students enrolled in school. It was his program that not only encouraged students to stay involved in the educational process but also gave them an incentive to embrace other educational endeavors. David Ostrovitz knew they were capable of accomplishing more beyond their expectations. He never gave up on them.”

Both Margaret Clark and David Ostrovitz had a deep impact on their students and their colleagues that resulting in a lasting legacy for the district. Both worked tirelessly to empower their fellow employees and the students they served. They took every opportunity to share what they had learned and changed the way many educators teach to this day.

For more stories of their legacy, please learn more about the Gold Bar Gala and the APS Hall of Honor by visiting the APS Education Foundation’s website at

Past Inductees

  • John Milne, APS superintendent for more than 40 years
  • Janet Kahn, creator of the APS Elementary School Fine Arts Program
  • Janet Montoya Schoeppner, a "teacher's teacher" who taught at several APS schools before she died of cancer in 2009 at the age of 47.
  • Dale Kempter, a long-time APS music teacher
  • Mary Ann Anderson, who taught and serve as an APS administrator for 37 years
  • Mark Shea, who was the Deputy Chief of APs Police at the end of his 30-year career. 
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