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A new year, a familiar face

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Debbie Smith will be Chamisa Elementary’s new principal

By Kirsten Laskey

Although new school years often bring in new faces to administrative teams and staff, a familiar face will greet Chamisa Elementary School students as their principal at the start of the 2010-2011 school year.

Debbie Smith has taught at Chamisa Elementary for 17 years. Most recently, she has taught sixth-grade but has also taught third through fifth grades.

“I feel like (Chamisa) has been a home for me,” she said. “I’ve been involved in watching it change and grow.”

She also said that Chamisa is a real neighborhood school where the education team is not just teachers but also the community.

Smith said she feels good about assuming leadership over this team and now that her new position is official, she said she feels “really good.” Smith added once she decides to do something, she goes right after it.

“I’m excited to start contacting staff members, parents and get started,” she said.

Though she initially began her career in business, education “is my favorite career,” Smith said.

During college Smith explained that women were encouraged to break into the male-dominated world of business so when she had the opportunity to pursue her education degree, she was excited.


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