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Office of Innovation and School Choice

The Office of Innovation and School Choice partners with innovative leaders in the community to empower educators and students, elevate learning, and transform education.

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Our Mission

The Albuquerque Public Schools Office of Innovation and School Choice partners with innovative leaders and community to: 

  • Empower educators and students
  • Elevate Learning
  • Transform education to equip all students with the knowledge, skills, and capacities for success in a rapidly changing world to grow Albuquerque's talented workforce.

Our Goals

  1. Create, systematize and implement a comprehensive portfolio strategy of choices
  2. Ensure every charter and magnet school delivers an innovative, high-quality, unique learner experience that substantially contributes to the landscape of choice offerings
  3. Cultivate a culture of innovation in education both within and outside the district

Our Values

Diversity, Equity, Empowerment, Authenticity, Community, Transparency, Support, Collaboration, Autonomy, Accountability, and Customization.

Contact Information

Main Phone: (505) 880-3753

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 25704 Albuquerque, NM 87125-0704

Physical Address:
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE Suite 600 East Albuquerque, NM 87110 Map

Staff Directory

Staff listed by employee, with email address and phone number.
Employee Contact Information
Mark Garcia
Executive Director
Dr. Joseph Escobedo
Senior Director Charter Schools
Francesca VerPloegh
MSAP Senior Director
Erika Bernardone
Executive Administrative Assistant
Abel Abeita
MSAP Implementation Coach
Lana Greenblatt
MSAP Implementation Coach
Claire Wood
MSAP Implementation Coach
Holly Smith
Professional Learning Specialist
Roberta Velasquez
Charter School Business Manager
Patricia Espinoza
Sp. Ed. Liaison for Charter Schools