LAPS Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Guy has accepted the post of Interim Superintendent effective May 30. She will serve in that role until the board installs a new superintendent. Courtesy/LAPS
By BONNIE J. GORDON
LOS Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos School Board members voted unanimously Thursday to name Assistant Superintendent Learning and Accountability Jennifer Guy as interim superintendent following the retirement of Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus May 29.
The Board met in closed session to discuss the terms of the interim position.
Board Vice President Ellen Specter thanked Superintendent Steinhaus, “for his amazing years of leadership and commitment to Los Alamos Public Schools.”
Guy accepted the interim appointment and told the Los Alamos Daily Post that she does not plan to apply for the superintendent position.
“I’m excited and honored the board trusts me to guide it through this transition,” she said. “I’m committed to the success of the Los Alamos Schools.”
Guy praised Superintendent Steinhaus for his leadership.
“We’ve started so much good work under Dr. Steinhaus,” Guy said. “He leaves big shoes to fill.”
Superintendent Steinhaus spoke to the Post about Guy’s appointment.
“I’m pleased that Jennifer was selected as interim superintendent,” Steinhaus said. “She’s the right person at the right time and will do an excellent job. We are already working on a transition plan that will provide stability and continuity to help LAPS move forward with what is best for students to thrive.”
Guy has worked in education in New Mexico for the past 29 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from New Mexico State University, a Master’s in Pedagogy and Learning with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Eastern New Mexico University.
Guy has worked in districts around the state at a variety of grade levels and in a variety of roles, including teaching at Piñon Elementary and as the Principal at Mountain Elementary in Los Alamos. She also has worked as a mentor teacher in the district and around the state for many years.