Damn. Guess I didn’t make the cut with my application for the APS Interim Superintendent job. Me and apparently five others who unsuccessfully threw our hats, so to speak. I knew putting “not Winston Brooks” and “will not force employees to clear snow off my driveway” as “Biggest Strengths” was taking a risk. Answering “Where would you like to be in five years?” with “Watching the APS Central Offices as they are professionally imploded on Livestream from my chateau on the banks of Lake Como” probably didn’t help either. Well, back to working at my school, I guess.
As for the four finalists (suavely copy/pasted from the Journal):
- David Atencio, a former Jemez Valley superintendent from 2008 to 2013. He has served in the Laguna Department of Education from 2013 to the present.
- Diego Gallegos, owner of AMADO Consulting, and a former APS assistant superintendent for school and community support from 2008 to 2012. Before that, he was the APS assistant superintendent for continuous improvement from 2005 to 2008.
- Veronica Garcia, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children. Garcia was the state’s education secretary from 2003 to 2010. From 2010 to 2011, she was CEO and president of Comprehensive Consulting Services. Garcia has also worked in APS, including a stint as Rio Grande High School principal from 1992 to 1995.
- Brad Winter, APS Chief Operating Officer from 2008 to May 2014 (retired). Prior to becoming COO, Winter also oversaw the district’s master plan, and its maintenance and operations department. He began his career at APS in 1992 as a dean of students at Highland High School.
I have a personal favorite among the four, but that fandom is based on damn little information. Who is it? I’ll give you a small hint. No Y chromosome. Got it? Really? You need another hint?
Have a great weekend, everybody.