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Refugee & Newcomer Supports Program Staff

The APS Refugee & Newcomer Supports Program is part of the Office of Equity and Engagement and is new and rapidly adapting to community and school needs. Below is a brief overview of current supports.

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Refugee & Newcomer Supports Program
General Contact Information

Main Phone: (505) 803-7781

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

Physical Address:
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE Suite 520 West Albuquerque, NM 87110 Map

Refugee Case Managers

Refugee Case Managers provide support to refugee students, families, and the schools that serve them. Case Managers speak various languages that are common among newcomers in APS. Families may contact the Case Manager who speaks their language directly. Case Managers are not replacements for interpreters and translators.
Eric Ndaheba
Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kinyamulenge, French
(505) 803-7781
Mohammad Ismail
Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Urdu/Hindi
(505) 803-7781
Nabeel Ibrahim
(505) 584-2887

Newcomer Specialists

Newcomer Specialists also speak the languages of the local refugee community and provide in-classroom support to newcomer students. Specialists work alongside teachers to ensure that the material being taught is accessible. They utilize their language skills to explain complicated concepts and provide academic and social support to newcomers.
Parwin Wafa
Farsi, Dari, Urdu, Hindi (Del Norte HS)
Regina Nibigira
Swahili, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi (La Mesa ES)
Suzana Hakizimana
Swahili, Kinyarwand/Kirundi, Kibembe (Highland HS)
Najama Azizullah
Dari/Farsi, Turkish, Urdu/Hindi (District Specialist)
Promise Kihundu
Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Swahili (Van Buren MS)

Newcomer Teachers

The Newcomer Program is located at La Mesa Elementary School. The Newcomer Teacher emphasizes language development within different content areas.
Liz Bradford
Teacher (La Mesa ES)
(505) 262-1581
Natalie Perez
Teacher (La Mesa ES)
(505) 262-1581
Cara Schroeder
Newcomer Interventionist (Del Norte HS)
(505) 883-7222
Gloria Valderrama
Newcomer Interventionist (Highland HS)
(505) 265-3711

Program Manager

Brandon(b)Antonio B. Baca

The APS Refugee & Newcomer Support Program Manager, Antonio Baca, coordinates and oversees district refugee and newcomer support. He supervises a team of Refugee Case Managers, Newcomer Specialists, Newcomer Teachers and works with local community organizations to build collaborative partnerships to support newcomer education.

Antonio is the primary point of contact for schools. If you have any questions or would like to request support, please contact Antonio at: or (505) 803-7781