Two new principals join the LAPS team

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By Kirsten Laskey

Jill Gonzales and Pam Miller followed different paths in becoming educators but they converged when they became principals at the Los Alamos Public Schools.

Gonzales, the new principal at Piñon Elementary School, and Miller, the principal at Barranca Elementary School, received their new positions Thursday.

Miller followed a straight road to become a teacher.

Gonzales, however, took a detour before arriving at her decision to teach others.

Both said they are looking forward to beginning their new responsibilities.

Both are new to working in the district although Gonzales has children enrolled in LAPS schools and has served on the district parent committee and the Youth Summit Taskforce.

Previously, she worked as a high school teacher, activities director and educational advisor in Redondo Beach Calif. She was the assistant principal at Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista, Calif.

Teaching wasn’t her first career. Gonzales said she studied political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and moved to Washington, D.C., to work for a nonprofit lobby.

When it closed, she took some time to determine where her passion lies. Gonzales said she realized she loved being around kids, which opened her eyes to education.

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