Finalists Announced For Los Alamos High School Principal

LAPS News:

The selection process for the next principal of Los Alamos High School is proceeding according to schedule. A committee of parents and teachers screened nine applicants for principal and made their recommendations for finalists for the position. A student committee also screened the applicants and made their recommendations. Based on this process the following candidates have been selected to interview for the position Monday, March 24:

  • Deborah Belew-Nyquist, Silverdale, Wash.,
  • Callie Jacobs, Woodbury, Minnesota; and
  • Michael Johnson, Los Alamos.

Belew-Nyquist has 14 years of administrative experience and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is currently serving as an Educational Consultant for the International Education Director, Children of Nations in Port Orchard, Washington.

Jacobs has six years of administrative experience and is completing her Education Specialists degree in educational leadership. She is currently the superintendent (director) of the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in Saint Paul, Minn.

Johnson has seven years of administrative experience and has completed an Educational Specialist’s Certificate in Educational Leadership. He is currently the Assistant Principal at Los Alamos High School.

The district is continuing to assemble questions for the candidates from students, teachers, parents and the community. Any proposed questions for the candidates should be sent to Assistant Superintendent of Schools Gerry Washburn at Additionally, the selection committee of parents, teachers and community members is being assembled and anyone interested in serving on the committee is encouraged to notify Washburn of their interest in doing so.

The selection process Monday, March 24 will consist of three sets of interviews with each candidate: 

  • one with the student selection committee;
  • one with the parent, teacher, community member selection committee; and
  • one with the Superintendent of Schools. 

There also will be presentations by each candidate to the community at large at 6 p.m., March 24 in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School. At that time the candidates will give a brief presentation on them and their educational vision and philosophy, followed by responses to a set of questions assembled from the community.  Community members will be able to complete rubrics on the presentation and their impression of the candidates, which will be incorporated into the overall selection process.   

The school district encourages everyone to be involved in this process as it selects its next high school principal.