Susan Neddeau, Principal of Santo Domingo School
Bryan Craven, Principal of Bernalillo Middle School
Laura Greenleaf, Assistant Principal of Santo Domingo
Bernalillo Public Schools hires new principals to fill vacancies
Bernalillo Public Schools has named Bryan Craven as Principal of
Bernalillo Middle School. Craven replaces Allan Tapia who was promoted
to Executive Director of Secondary Education last spring.
“I am excited, thrilled, and honored to be selected as the
Bernalillo Middle School principal,” said Craven. “We
have everything here—wonderful students, a beautiful campus
and talented faculty.”
Craven served as a Assistant Principal for Eastern Hills Middle
School in Killeen, Texas, for three years before moving to New Mexico.
Prior to this, he served as a mathematics and English teacher in
Houston for ten years.
“My vision for the future is to have a campus that puts students
and achievement first and one that promotes widespread collaboration
at all levels,” Craven said. “We have a great school
and I would like to continue to build on its potential to excel
in the area of academic success.”
Bernalillo Public Schools has named Susan Neddeau as Principal
of Santo Domingo School. Neddeau replaces Co-Principals Bryan Garcia,
who was hired as Principal at Rio Rancho Vista del Sol Elementary,
and Richard Toralba, who retired in June.
“I am excited and honored that I have been selected as Principal
of Santo Domingo School,” said Neddeau. “I am energized
as I accept this new challenge in my life. I like the fact that
kindergarten through eighth grade will be under one leadership.
I feel that this will allow for continuity between the elementary
and middle grades.”
Neddeau has been in education for over 30 years. She received national
recognition for two Early Childhood and Family Literacy Education
programs that she coordinated.
Bernalillo Public Schools has also named Laura Greenleaf as Assistant
Principal of Santo Domingo School. Greenleaf holds a master’s
degree in Elementary Education and has over 25 years of experience.
“Ms. Greenleaf is a dedicated educator who is impassioned
in her mission to provide the best opportunities for student success,”
said Superintendent Barbara Vigil-Lowder. “She will be a wonderful
support for Ms. Neddeau, the teachers and students at Santo Domingo
LANL Foundation awards $31,112 for robotics, computer,
and math programs
The Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL) Foundation awarded
two grants totaling $31,112 to Bernalillo Public Schools (BPS) for
projects aimed at meeting critical education needs in the STEM (science,
technology, engineering and math) areas.
BPS received a LANL Foundation Education Outreach Grant of $15,000
for a “Computer and Math Fun” program and a LANL Foundation
Educational Enrichment Grant for $16,112 for a “Robotics Curriculum
The “Computer and Math Fun” program will provide an
after-school program for students in grades five through eight to
learn computer skills at the Intel Computer Clubhouse located on
the Bernalillo High School campus. The program also includes Family
Fun Math Nights, an evening of math fun for parents and their children.
The program trains parents of elementary students to reinforce math
skills at home with games using household items.
LANL Foundation funding for the “Robotics Curriculum Enhancement”
program will allow BPS to expand its robotics program to the elementary
level by providing robotics equipment for introductory robotics
to be offered to fifth-grade students district-wide. BPS currently
has robotics programs at the middle school and high school levels.
“It has been my goal to expand our robotics program to the
elementary level,” said Tricia Steiner, BPS Technology Director.
“Fifth grade is an exciting time to introduce students to
the real-world application of math and other STEM subjects and the
inherent fun in these subjects. It will also benefit the other elementary
students by making them aware of robotics and the real-world application
of mathematics and science.”
Teacher training and an introductory curriculum will need to be
completed before the robotics program can be implemented either
in the spring or fall of 2008.
Customers and emplayees of First Community Bank
donated 290 backpacks filled with school supplies to students in
need at area elementary schools. Shown above are FCB employees Jeff
Wagoner, Elizabeth Sedillo, and Sonya Gallegos presenting backpacks
to Placitas Elementary School representatives Vivian DeLara, Joshua
Mallett, and Miguel Duran.
Attorney General King calls for better school
Attorney General Gary King is asking federal and state leaders
to address serious deficiencies in federal and state laws and educational
policies that leave students vulnerable to violence in their schools
and on college campuses.
As a member of the National Association of Attorneys General Task
Force on School and Campus Safety, Attorney General King released
in September a fourteen-page report that includes specific recommendations
that address threat assessment, protocols for dealing with the mentally
ill, information sharing among law enforcement agencies and other
stakeholders, and crisis response planning and communications.
“The goal of this report is to stimulate dialogue among policy
makers, educational administrators, law enforcement professionals,
and others as they examine school and campus safety issues,”
says Attorney General King. “With assistance from nationally-recognized
experts in the field of school and campus security, we have compiled
a brief report that identifies a number of key issues that have
surfaced as a result of the recent tragedy on the campus of Virginia
Tech and eruptions of violence in schools across the country.”
Recommendations from the Task Force include the following:
• All schools and colleges should establish a system whereby
disturbing behavior is reported to an individual or multidisciplinary
team of individuals with expertise and training in risk assessment
that can assess the information received and put into action an
appropriate response. Students, parents, faculty, and other community
stakeholders should be made aware of the reporting mechanism.
• State and federal lawmakers should examine privacy laws
in an effort to remove barriers to effective information sharing.
Appropriate state and federal agencies should clarify how information,
including mental health records, can be shared under existing state
and federal laws.
• States should consider modifying or enhancing state laws
to ensure that all information that is relevant to federal firearms
laws is shared with the National Instant Criminal Background System,
especially for individuals disqualified from purchasing or possessing
firearms for mental health reasons. The U.S. Department of Justice
should provide clear guidance to jurisdictions on the scope of relevant
• State legislators should mandate that all schools and colleges
that receive state funding create, maintain, and update emergency
• Colleges should implement a multi-point, redundant communication
system that leverages existing technology and provides information
to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.
• Every school and college should have mechanisms in place
to allow for the anonymous reporting of perceived threats by students
or faculty. The system should include educational outreach and effective
follow-up by trained professionals.
• States should continue to implement and expand bullying
prevention measures, including cyber-bullying.
The members of the Task Force are from Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado,
Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New
Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,
Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
For a copy of the report, visit: www.ago.state.nm.us/index.htm.