Assistant Superintendent Dean announces retirement

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By Tris DeRoma

Assistant Superintendent of Schools Paula Dean announced her retirement today.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt said in a written statement that he accepted her retirement this morning with “great reluctance.”

Schmidt also congratulated her on her career in Los Alamos, and credited her for actively promoting academic achievement for the district’s students and professional development among the teachers and staff. Schmidt also credited her with playing a leading role in helping the Los Alamos Public School District achieve district wide accreditation.

Though she announced her retirement, she will still continue on the job through the school year, Schmidt said in his statement.

Dean started her career with LAPS as the Director of Curriculum and Development, and according to Schmidt her familiarity and skill in implementing  the state’s “Common Core” curriculum (CC is a program that develops deeper understanding of the concepts behind English and Math), has been recognized by the state. She then became principal of Barranca Mesa Elementary for four years before becoming Assistant Superintendent for the past three years.

More details on this developing story will be posted on LAMonitor.com.