ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three new principals who are taking the reins at poorly performing elementary schools were introduced to Albuquerque Public Schools board members Tuesday during a meeting of the Policy and Instruction Committee.
They are César Hernández at Los Padillas, formerly assistant principal at Albuquerque High School; Kimberly Finke at Whittier, previously the principal at Gallup High School; and Judith Martin-Tafoya at Hawthorne, previously the principal at Truman Middle School and an APS interim principal.
Los Padillas, Whittier and Hawthorne elementary schools each received failing grades from the state Public Education Department, getting them placed on PED’s list for “more rigorous intervention,” or MRI.
The options available to APS were to close the schools, turn them into charter or magnet schools, or redesign them and turn the schools around in accordance with the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan. APS chose the redesign option.