Chamisa Cheetah and Principal Debbie Smith said she is excited to see staff returning to school, with wonderful ideas and renewed energy. Over the summer, many of the teachers have attended professional development offerings in science, technology, and more.
Six of her staff members have spent a portion of their summer on Masters or Ph.D. programs.
“Our lifelong learners lead by example,” Smith said. “They are bringing ideas in on a daily basis, not waiting for the staff return date of Aug. 6.”
Smith said she is pleased to welcome new teacher, Ashley Schmiedicke, in first grade, where she has been working as a student teacher and instructional assistant, and new kindergarten teacher, Christine Hunter.
Last year, Chamisa staff and students did some important things in and around the community.
One of their highlights was their fourth grade gift of time, entertainment, and artwork to the residents of Sombrillo Nursing Home. The work was made possible through funding from a Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation Grant and a New Mexico Arts Grant.