Stan’s Straight Talk
I am honored to have the opportunity to serve you as your Executive Director! We all need to recognize the great work done by Gloria Rendón and the NMCEL Team in the past years. Following the rich legacies of the past Executive Directors is a challenge that I take very seriously. I was pleased to join you at the Summer Conference recently as Gloria passed the torch and was pleased at the out-pouring of support you gave us both. Now, as I settle into this seat, I am certain that, together, we can meet the challenge of collaboratively shaping the future of education for the children in the State of New Mexico.
For those of you who may not know my history:
I am a New Mexico native. “I am New Mexico Public Schools,” being a student and graduate. All of my college education is also “New Mexico.” My career has been in New Mexico school related jobs since 1973. My first superintendency was in Des Moines, New Mexico in 1983. I recently left the Las Cruces Public Schools after 9-1/2 years as its superintendent. I’ve been “reformed” numerous times. That’s right – I have experienced statutory reform of education in New Mexico numerous times. What this does for me foundationally, is make me certain that we, in the Coalition, must step forward to take the leadership of our children’s future.
My first 90 days will focus on listening, planning, reaching out to you, and preparing a tangible plan for how we can accomplish the challenge of actively defining the legacy that we will leave behind for our children. Knowing that, at times, the journey we are on is challenging, I am optimistic that the professionalism, wisdom, and energy necessary to meet this challenge are already present within this Coalition.
The NMCEL Team (Barbara, Jo Lynn and I) stand ready to serve you in this exciting and worthy journey. We look forward to working with you in the days, weeks, months and years to come. I look forward to our conversations during my “Listening Tour” in the next 90 days. It is my pleasure and honor to work with each of you.
President, Erik Bose, Executive Director, ABQ Charter Academy, APS.
Hello, welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! My name is Erik Bose and I have just reached the midterm of my Presidency of NMCEL. It has been an exciting, fast and busy term so far. I hope that everyone had a restful and enjoyable summer break and you are ready to come back to school re-energized to meet the needs of our students, our staff and the communities we serve. As we begin this year’s adventure, we know that the road ahead will be a challenging one but one that will be filled with great successes that will forever change the lives of our students.
I hope everyone enjoyed the NMCEL Summer Conference, as it was the best attended conference in at least the last eight years. I want to thank everyone who attended and participated. I truly hope that you found a few ideas and strategies that you can take with you. I really connected with the messages from our Keynote Speakers, Dr. Pedro Nogera and Eric Sheninger, and I will seek ways to incorporate their stories into my daily practice. As we move into this school year with PARCC testing, Teacher/Principal Evaluation and tightening budgets, it is important to remember that our jobs are to find what works for the students in our schools and classrooms so they can be successful in their future—so let’s continue “Keeping Kids First”.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to Stan Rounds our new NMCEL Executive Director. We look forward to doing business with you and having you lead our team. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Gloria Rendon for her years of service to the educational community and wish her well in the next chapter of her life.
It continues to be an honor for me to serve as President of this organization and to assist our amazing NMCEL staff in supporting the educational leaders of New Mexico. If you have suggestions, concerns, or need clarification on any educational issues, please let us know. We look forward to serving you and extend best wishes for a successful and fulfilling school year!
Yours in Education,