Los Lunas Schools Cabinet

DANA SANDERS
SUPERINTENDENT

Dana Sanders - Superintendent

NMPED PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE

Administrative - Level Three-B, Pre K-12

Instructional Leader (Teacher) — Level Three A, K - 8 Elementary

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Superintendent Los Lunas Schools, Los Lunas, NM February 2015 - Present

Interim Superintendent Los Lunas Schools, Los Lunas, NM July 2014-February 2015

Assistant Superintendent
Los Lunas Schools, Los Lunas, NM July 2009 - July 2015

Director of Personnel
Los Lunas Schools, Los Lunas, NM July 2005 - July 2009

Principal
Los Lunas Middle School, Los Lunas, NM July 2004 - July 2005

Assistant Principal
Los Lunas Middle School, Los Lunas, NM July 2000 - July 2004

Assistant Principal
Daniel Fernandez Intermediate, Los Lunas, NM July 1998 - July 2000

Teacher
Daniel Fernandez Intermediate, Los Lunas, NM August 1995 - May 1998

Teacher
Tomé Elementary, Los Lunas, NM August 1990 - May 1995

Teacher
Ann Parish Elementary, Los Lunas, NM August 1989 - May 1990

Teacher
Gil Sanchez Elementary, Belen, New Mexico August 1987 - May 1988

Teacher
Los Padillas Elementary, Albuquerque, New Mexico August 1986 - May 1987

EDUCATION

M.A.in Education, Emphasis in Teaching, University of New Mexico 1987

B.S. in Education, Elementary Education, minor in Health, University of New Mexico 1986

Darden/Curry School Turnaround Program University of Virginia July 2012-July 2013

Darden/Curry Executive Leadership Program, University of Virginia July 2007, 2008 and 2010

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • 2012 - Jostens Renaissance Coordinator of the Year
  • 2011– New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators, New Mexico School Personnel Administrators, Administrator of the Year
  • 2007- Present -Valencia County Hispano Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Member of American Association of Personnel Administrators
  • Member of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • 1997 Strengthening Quality Schools Pinon Level Award
  • 1997 Selected for Who’s Who Among American Teachers
  • 1994 Selected as “Most Influential Educator” by Los Lunas High School Students

Brian Baca - Assistanbt Superintendent

BRIAN BACA

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Personnel
  • Athletics
  • Safety & Security

NMPED PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE

Administration, Level 100 - 3B

Teacher, Level 400 3A

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Assistant Superintendent Los Lunas Schools, Los Lunas, NM April 2012 - Present

Director of Personnel Los Lunas Schools, Los Lunas, NM June 2011 - March 2012

Director of Special Education Los Lunas Schools, Los Lunas, NM August 2007 - June 2011

Assistant Principal Manzano Vista Middle School, Los Lunas, NM August 2005 - June 2006

Teacher of the Gifted Daniel Fernandez Intermediate, Los Lunas, NM October 2001 - August 2005

Teacher White Mountain Intermediate, Ruidoso, NMAugust 1994 - October 2001

Teacher
Los Lunas High School, Los Lunas, NM January 1994 - May 1994

EDUCATION

Darden/Curry School Turn Around Program, The University of Virginia July of 2012 and 2013

Darden/Curry Executive Leadership Program, The University of Virginia July 2008 and 2010

M.A. in Education Leadership, The University of New Mexico 2005

B.S. in Psychology, The University of New Mexico 1993

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • Sigma Chi Alumni Association, University of New Mexico
  • Alumni Lettermen Club, University of New Mexico
  • Jostens Renaissance Coordinator of the Year 2012
  • Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for Los Lunas Schools 2005
  • District 2 AAA Softball Coach of the Year 1996 and 1998

Juliette Romero Benavidez - Assistant Superintendent

JULIETTE ROMERO BENAVIDEZ

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Curriculum
  • Instruction
  • Accountability
  • Assessment

PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE

N.M. State Department of Educational Licensure
Administration, Level 100 -3B
Teacher, Level III
Reading Endorsement
Bilingual Education Endorsement
Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement
Modern Classical Languages Endorsement

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability
Los Lunas Schools, November 2014-present

Director of Compliance and Accountability
Los Lunas Schools, Los Lunas, NM December 2011 – November 2014

Principal
Henry T. Jaramillo Community School, Belen, NM July 2001-November 2011

Assistant Principal
Manzano Vista Middle School, Los Lunas, NM July 1999- June 2001

Bilingual Resource Teacher
Dessert View Intermediate, Los Lunas, NM August 1998- June 1999

Bilingual Teacher
Ann Parish Elementary, Los Lunas, NM August 1994-May 1998

Bilingual Teacher
Agua Fria Elementary, Santa Fé, NM August 1993-May 1994

EDUCATION

M.A. in Educational Leadership, New Mexico Highlands University 2000

B.A. in Government and Spanish with a Supplementary Degree in Law and Society, New Mexico State University, 1992

National Student Exchange Program, University of Puerto Rico, 1990-1991

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

2012 Los Lunas Schools Administrator of the Month 

2010 H.T. Jaramillo named the 1st No Excuses University School in New Mexico

2005 H.T. Jaramillo named “A New Mexico School on the Rise” for exceptional student achievement growth 

1998 National Milken Educator Award $25,000 Recipient

1997 New Mexico Teacher Ambassador in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México

PUBLICATIONS

Hello, Einstein! Mascot Books, by Juliette Romero Benavídez and Toby Pearson, Published 2011.

Survival Skills for the Principalship, by John Blaydes, Published 2004, I authored a section on “Time Saving Tips for School Administrators”.


Claire Cieremans - Chief Finance Officer

CLAIRE CIEREMANS

CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Finance and Insurance
  • Purchasing
  • Maintenance
  • Custodial
  • Construction
  • Student Nutrition 

NMPED PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE

Level Two Professional School Business Official

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Chief Finance Officer
Los Lunas Schools, Los Lunas, NM January 2010 - Present

Finance Director
Los Lunas Schools, Los Lunas, NM January 2007 - December 2009

Accounting Supervisor-Los Lunas Schools
Los Lunas, NM 1999 - December 2006

Financial Specialist
Los Lunas Schools, Los Lunas, NM August 1996 - 1999

EDUCATION

Darden/Curry Executive Leadership Program July 2007 - 2008

The University of Virginia

B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance

The University of New Mexico 1997

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • Business Official of the Year 2012
  • Current Treasurer 2007 - Present

Susan Chavez

Susan D. Chavez
Assistant Superintendent of Special Services

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Special Services

NMPED PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE

Administrative - Level Three-B, Pre K-12

Instructional Leader (Teacher) — Level Three A, K - 8 Elementary

Instructional Leader (Special Education) – Level Three A, PK – 12

Educational Diagnostician, Level Three
Endorsement in Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Assistant Superintendent of Special Services
Los Lunas Schools, Los Lunas, NM April 2015 – Present

Director of Special Education
Los Lunas Schools, Los Lunas, NM February 2013 – April 2015

Coordinator of Special Education
Los Lunas Schools, Los Lunas, NM September 2012 – February 2013

Educational Diagnostician
Los Lunas Schools, Los Lunas, NM September 2008 – Present

IEP Facilitator
Sundance Elementary School, Los Lunas, NM August 2011 – August 2012

IEP Facilitator
Peralta Elementary School, Los Lunas, NM November 2007 – May 2011

Adjunct Instructor, Fall 2006
University of New Mexico, Valencia Campus, Tome, NM

First Grade Teacher
Peralta Elementary School, Los Lunas, NM August 2003 – May 2008

Special Education Teacher
Peralta Elementary School, Los Lunas, NM December 2001 – May 2003

EDUCATION

M.A. in Language, Literacy, and Socio Cultural Studies, University of New Mexico 2004
B.S. in Elementary and Special Education, New Mexico State University 2001

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • ASCD Member
  • Council for Exceptional Children Member
  • Council for Learning Disabilities
  • Council for Special Education Administrators Member
  • Peralta Elementary Certified Employee of the Year – 2007
  • Who’s Who Among American Teachers
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