Education column: Reading focus at La Casita

That deliciously crisp fall air means fall festivals and Halloween parties are in the works. Sylvia Martinez, principal at La Casita Elementary, shared plans for fall activities this year. “For the last three years we have really been focusing on literacy and have tied classroom and school-wide activities to supporting reading.” For example, La Casita […]

Education column: Mesa’s new principal shares plans

Mesa Elementary has a new principal, Julie Howell, and this past week we had an opportunity to talk about education. Although this is Howell’s first principal position, she has 18 years in education under her belt. As a classroom teacher, she’s taught in the Roswell and Dexter school districts before returning to teach in Clovis. […]

Education column: James Bickley principal focuses on school’s strengths

Taking the opportunity the other day to visit with one of our elementary principals, I learned about some of the things that would be happening during this upcoming year at their school. Carlos Carrillo, principal at James Bickley Elementary, focusing on strengths, shared, “we have great teachers at James Bickley, who work very well together […]

New principal at Mesa Elementary

CNJ staff Julie Howell has accepted the position of Principal at Mesa Elementary School. Howell, an instructional coach at Cameo Elementary since 2008, will begin her new position July 21. Prior to her position at Cameo, she was a teacher at Parkview and Lockwood elementary schools, and was a student teacher in 1994 at Sandia […]

Our people: Clovis resident Tina Vassar enjoys working with children

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Tina Vassar has worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools for 12 years. Clovis resident Tina Vassar has two jobs. One as the Clovis High School principal administrative assistant and another as a children’s director at Highland Baptist Church with her husband. The second she doesn’t even consider work. At both […]

Education digest —

Executive director of personnel hired The Clovis Municipal Schools has hired Kerry Parker as the new executive director of personnel, according to a news release. Rhonda Roberts, who previously held the position, has retired. Parker previously served as the principal of a technical high school in Connecticut and as an assistant principal and principal in […]

Education digest — June 9

New director of operations, principal hired Clovis Municipal Schools has hired a new director of operations and principal at Ranchvale Elementary School. Both will begin their new positions at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Former Clovis High School, Yucca Middle School and Bovina High School Principal Jody Balch has accepted the position of […]

Education column: New principal likens job to coaching

Nearing the end of the school year, we took the opportunity to speak with some of our principals to hear their reflections. What we heard were things like: “We have great kids and a caring, dedicated staff; remarkable academic gains; and wonderful instructional collaboration that’s taken place among instruction teams.” Secondary principals also emphasized the […]

Education column: Parkview elementary gets tech upgrade

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Parkview Elementary has begun embracing technology in a big way. Principal Christi Richards has set about equipping all her classrooms with needed technologies in this school of approximately 500 students. Between new equipment purchases and rounding up little used equipment available elsewhere in the district, she’s loading classrooms with technology and training teachers […]

Education column: Principal says positive school culture important to success

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Things are hopping at Marshall Middle School. Recent conversations with high-energy Principal Jay Brady and his staff revealed some proactively positive trends taking place at this school. Building a positive school culture is important to student success, according to Brady, as he discussed the importance of setting high standards both for academics as […]

Superintendent: New principal reflects biblical world view

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mychelle Simms has lived in Clovis for 17 years, worked in public education for 14 and is the new Clovis Christian high school principal this year. Liliana Castillo After accepting the job as the new high school principal at Clovis Christian School, Mychelle Simms said she felt peace. “When I […]

Principal: First day of school ‘fabulous’

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Marisol Azdar and her daughter greet her son, 7-year-old Felipe Azdar after his first day of school at La Casita Elementary. Azdar said Felipe was excited to go back to school Thursday morning. Sharna Johnson Hectic and fabulous are just some of the words used by school personnel to describe […]

Clovis schools announces selection of new principals

Freedom New Mexico Clovis Municipal Schools announced Friday the selection of new principals for Barry and James Bickley elementary schools. Teacher Tandee Delk will take over the position of principal of Barry Elementary School. Delk has experience teaching kindergarten through 12th grades in Melrose, where she assisted in administrative duties. Principal Carrie Bunce has been […]

Mesa Elementary principal retiring

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Jan Cox was selected Mesa Elementary School’s first principal in 1991. CNJ staff Mesa Elementary School Principal Jan Cox is retiring at the end of the 2009-2010 school year after 36 years with the district. Cox began her career as a sixth-grade teacher at Lockwood Elementary School in 1974 and was later named Lockwood’s principal. […]

Melrose Schools principal promoted to superintendent

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Melrose Schools have promoted high school Principal Jamie Widner to replace retiring Superintendent Ron Windom. Widner said Windom submitted his formal retirement at the January meeting of the school board. On Feb. 21, the board held a special meeting to hire him as the next superintendent. “The board asked […]

Education feature: Clovis Christian principal to be recognized by state

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis Christian Elementary Principal Linda D’Amour is set to receive state recognition for her work teaching math and science. She received the presidential award for excellence in mathematics and science teaching by the National Science and Math Foundation three times at the state level and once at the national […]

Best lessons come from discipline

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Remember being sent to the principal’s office when you were in school? If you don’t then you came along after the days of corporal punishment in public schools because the sting of a wooden paddle will be seared into your memory if you grew up in that time. Even if […]

Education feature: CHS principal touts program as road toward success

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Principal Wayne Marshall has a display of memorabilia from his 20 years working in schools proudly displayed in his office. He plans to add to it while at CHS. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer As Wayne Marshall and his wife took their seats high in the […]

Tucumcari High principal placed on leave

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari High School principal David Castillo has been put on paid administrative leave as of 3 p.m. Wednesday according to Assistant Superintendent Dennis Roch. Roch said steps have been taken to ensure the administrative services continue at the high school. “It is still business as usual at Tucumcari High School,” Roch said. […]

10/25 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 a.m. Oct. 14 an officer responded to a school in the 1900 block of Thornton Street for a report of criminal sexual contact. The principal said he had been contacted by an assistant principal from another campus regarding a female […]