LAPS Announces Three Finalists For LAHS Principal

LAPS News:

The upcoming school year will bring new leadership to Los Alamos High School. A committee made up of LAHS teachers and staff have narrowed the pool to three candidates.

Laura Jeffery:

She is the principal of Capshaw Middle School in Santa Fe Public Schools. She has 10 years of Administrative Experience, which also includes assistant principal of Rio Rancho High School. Her teaching experience includes HS Special Education, grades 10-12 in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Algebra. She also served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Diego State University. She received and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Highlands University and is a Doctoral student at UNM.

Carter Payne:

He is the principal of the Topper Freshman Academy in Los Alamos Public Schools. He has seven years of Administrative Experience, which also includes assistant principal of Los Alamos High School, and assistant principal of Onate High School in the Las Cruces Public Schools. His teacher experience includes HS Conceptual Physics, Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, Physical Science, and Microbiology. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with Minors in Spanish and Biochemistry from New Mexico State University. He received a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with a Secondary Science Certification and Administrative Licensure, Education Management and Development at New Mexico State University.

Valerie Trujillo:

She is the superintendent of Questa Independent School District. She has nine years of Administrative Experience, which also includes principal and athletic director of Questa Jr. Sr. High School and assistant principal of Capshaw Middle School in Santa Fe Public Schools. Her teaching experience includes 3rd grade, Special Education and 21st Century Afterschool Program at Aqua Fria Elementary in Santa Fe. She also taught Algebra Honors and Special Education in Taos. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education from New Mexico Highlands University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico.

Interviews will take place April 25. The community will have an opportunity to meet the candidates on that evening. More details will follow.

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