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APS Superintendent Recognized as Outstanding Educator by National ALAS

posted Mar 8, 2013, 8:37 AM by ALAS deNuevoMéxico
The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) Board of Directors recognized Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks with an Outstanding Educator Award at its 8th Annual ALAS Recognition Reception in February. 

The award is in recognition for Brooks support of ALAS and the establishment of the ALAS state affiliate in New Mexico. “Superintendent Brooks is an excellent example of an educational leader who is committed to creating a learning environment where students thrive,” said Veronica Rivera, ALAS Executive Director. “We need more leaders like him if we are to produce thoughtful, intelligent, talented students ready to join the 21st century workforce.”

Brooks pushed for the creation of the New Mexico affiliate of ALAS, authorizing APS Associate Superintendent Eddie Soto to put together a steering committee made up of administrators from across the state. As a result, ALAS de Nuevo México was formed in the spring of 2012.

Like its parent organization, the mission of ALAS de Nuevo México is to advocate for public education by inspiring and cultivating the development and promotion of Hispanic educational leaders for the benefit of all students.

“New Mexico needs to develop and support strong educational leaders who can help improve the academic success of all students, including our Hispanic children,” said Brooks. “I’m proud to be a member of ALAS and now ALAS de Nuevo México because I believe we need to come together as a state and a nation if we want to see all students succeed in school and in life.”

ALAS de Nuevo México now has more than 100 members from the across the state and is partnering with like-minded organizations including the New Mexico School Board Association, the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators and Dual Language of New Mexico to provide a voice, an advocate, for all of the state’s public school students. Any school or district administrator interested in getting involved with ALAS de Nuevo México is encouraged to visit the organization’s website at