It is an honor and privilege to serve as the President of the New Mexico School Superintendents’ Association for the 2018-2019 school year. Together as strong Superintendents, we will make tremendous strides this year as well as long standing contributions to our school districts. A great big ‘thank you’ goes to Ricky Williams for his excellent leadership during this year in his role as NMSSA President. We have been so fortunate to have exceptional leadership in our organization throughout the years.
My goal is to lead and serve this organization towards our educational pursuits to do what it takes to move our education system forward while focusing on our children. We must work towards unleashing the genius in each child, and train administrators to set their own high goals and standards for student achievement, to use data as a powerful tool for decision-making and policy, and be passionate and reflective about their work. This will bring incredible benefits to our community and educators in our great state of New Mexico.
Our efforts to ensure that necessary funding is appropriated for our districts will be a worthwhile challenge as we continue to work with our state legislators, state/federal officials and congressional delegation. I believe our hard work will pay off, if we just ‘stay the course, no matter what.’ Thank you for your dedication and commitment to the communities in which you serve. Together we will stand strong for the children of New Mexico!
I wish you all a safe and productive school year.
Lillian Torrez Ph.D.
As we begin another school year, we are poised for yet another administrative change in our state’s leadership. However, we are all hopeful that this transition will be different for the NM educators. We believe that through the NMSSA Education Plan and the Martinez/Yazzie Ruling earlier this year, educator partners will be able to message our shared principles to address critical actions necessary to move NM Public Education forward. After all, WE ARE NM SCHOOLS!
Our strength as an education community lies with our abundant relationships forged in all corners of this great state. Our NMCEL affiliates represent all the education leader organizations that support teachers and students...keeping a pulse on NM education. I look forward to working with all of you through the 2018-19 school year. Your continued dedication and commitment to our children is inspiring. Thank you for allowing me to serve as NMCEL President and join you on this important journey!
Maria L. Jaramillo, M.S. CCC-SLP