LAS CRUCES—Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing today announced the reassignment of three school principals and one assistant principal. Desert Hills Principal Jamie Lee Vance has been reassigned as Principal on Special Assignment to manage the district’s K-3 Plus summer program; Dr. Toni Hull, Principal of Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy (MVLA), has been reassigned as Principal of Lynn Middle School and will also remain Principal of MVLA; Rey Gomez, Principal at Lynn Middle School, has been reassigned as Associate Principal at Las Cruces High School; and Pat Christensen, assistant principal at Highland Elementary School, has been reassigned as assistant principal at Loma Heights Elementary School and will oversee the behavioral intervention classrooms. All reassignments are effective immediately.
The Superintendent said the search for a new principal at Desert Hills Elementary will begin immediately. Parents, teachers and National Education Association representatives will be a part of the search process, officials said. In the interim, Sabina Aguilar, an experienced administrator who has held numerous supervisory roles at schools across the district, will serve as Desert Hills’ Interim Principal.
Vance has 25 years’ experience with the district and has served as an elementary teacher, assistant principal, a special education administrative coordinator and has previous experience as a Principal on Special Assignment in the LCPS Instruction Department. She has been principal at Desert Hills since 2014.
“Since the position previously tasked with managing the K-3 Plus program is currently vacant, we knew we needed an experienced administrator and Jamie was an ideal candidate for the role,” said LCPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing. “Programs that focus on student achievement are a top priority and her past experience at the school and central office level, will ensure the program kicks off to a great start.”
The K-3 Plus program provides additional instructional days to children during the summer months. By starting the school year early, the program allows teachers to focus on literacy, numeracy, technology and social development. It also gives teachers more time to implement procedures, start on math and reading lessons and get to know their students. officials said. The program traditionally starts in July.
Dr. Toni Hull has been Principal at MVLA since 2013. In order to manage both MLVA, an alternative middle school, and Lynn Middle School, Dr. Ewing announced he will add an additional administrator for the alternative middle school. Hiring an assistant Principal will also involve the community, he said.
“Dr. Hull has built a close-knit community at MLVA and her work with students and staff will fit perfectly within the community schools’ philosophy that has grown at Lynn,” Ewing said. “She has a knack for engaging kids in learning and I know that both campuses will benefit from her enthusiasm and leadership.”
Dr. Hull has more than 20 years’ experience. She previously served as a secondary science teacher in New York before joining LCPS. She previously served as assistant principal at Picacho Middle School, followed by Mesa Middle School, before working at MVLA as Principal.
Prior to moving to Las Cruces, Rey Gomez was a teacher for the Socorro (Texas) Independent School District and the Gadsden Independent School District.
He joined LCPS in 2005 as a physical education teacher at Camino Real Middle School where he stayed for seven years before becoming an Assistant Principal at Highland Elementary in 2013. Gomez also was an Assistant Principal at Lynn Middle School before he was hired as school principal in 2016.
“Rey is a well-rounded educator who is good at connecting with students and working side-by-side with staff to create a sense of community within the school,” Ewing said.
Christensen has been with LCPS since 2016. Prior to joining Highland Elementary, he served as a dean of students in Nevada. Christensen will be an additional administrator for Loma Heights Elementary, which houses the Behavioral Intervention Classroom Setting (BICS) program. Ewing said Christensen’s experiences “will provide the support the students need to be successful.”
“As with all of our school hires, we want the communities to have a say in the process when selecting new leadership,” Ewing added. “We want the transition to be smooth and seamless so that the schools and programs continue to provide great educational experiences for our students.”
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