New Mexico School Superintendents’ Association
The New Mexico School Superintendents Association is an organization consisting of the eighty-nine (89) public school district superintendents throughout the state of New Mexico. The association is part of a larger organization, the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders.
The purpose of the New Mexico School Superintendents Association is to provide leadership and support to its members in order to effectively promote exemplary educational opportunities for all New Mexico students.
I consider it an esteemed honor and privilege to “serve” as President of the New Mexico School Superintendent’s Association for the 2016-2017 school year. I would like to thank Dr. Gloria Rendon for her tremendous leadership overseeing our organization the past six years. I hope that she is relaxed and enjoying those grandkids! I would like to welcome aboard Mr. Stan Rounds as our new Executive Director. I look forward to working with him throughout the coming year and building on the accomplishments of our organization. I would also like to thank Mrs. Barbara Vigil-Lowder for her depth of knowledge and for helping keep our organization on track through this transitional time. Also, a big thank-you to Jo Lynn Gallegos for keeping the office running efficiently.
What a busy year we are going to have! There are many new Public Education Department initiatives to be addressed in the near future including: transitioning from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); transitioning from the Educational Plan for Student Success (EPSS) to 90 day plans; moving from the Teachscape teacher observation system to the OASYS teacher observation system; making the change from the DIBELS reading assessment tool to the iStation reading assessment tool; and don’t forget the KOT.
Even though our state budget is experiencing a shortage of revenue, and there are many initiatives to be implemented, I am confident that we can work together as an association to meet and conquer each of those challenges. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Superintendents in the state of New Mexico for the countless hours of hard work and dedication they have shown and will continue to show throughout this process. I still believe (contrary to public opinion) that being an educator is the noblest profession in the world, and our state has the most outstanding, dedicated group of professionals in the nation. Please know that I am here to “serve” you and our organization. Together we can do great things in “Keeping Kids First”. Best wishes for a successful and fulfilling school year!
Crit D. Caton, Ed.D.