LAMS promotes Kilburn to principal

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Former Los Alamos Middle School Assistant Principal Rex Kilburn was selected as the school’s new principal. Kilburn takes over the position vacated by Donna Grim, who is leaving to pursue an advanced degree.

Kilburn previously worked for five years at Pinon Elementary in White Rock, where he taught under the direction of principals James Telles and Megan Lee. For the last two years, he served as the assistant LAMS principal.  

Before his arrival in Los Alamos, Kilburn worked in three Alaskan communities, including Skagway, Kake and Sitka.  He received his B.A. in Elementary Education at the College of Idaho and his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

“Mr. Kilburn brings a strong educational background. I have no doubt that he will build on the legacy of academic excellence that the middle school is known for,” Superintendent Gene Schmidt said in a news release. “In addition, Mr. Kilburn has been actively involved in the design phase of the new middle school and will continue to move that project forward.  Students, staff, and community will quickly recognize the high quality of leadership that he brings.”

On learning of his selection, Kilburn said, “I am extremely excited and eager to accept the leadership role for the middle school. I am humbled and proud to have been selected. I pledge to build on the educational momentum that was initiated by Ms. Grim. In addition, I look forward to bringing my own ideas to the position.  First, however, I am anxious to meet with staff, students, and parents to listen and gather thoughts and suggestions for the future of the middle school. Second, I want to thank the principals that I served with for guiding me and especially thank my staff for believing and supporting me in my new role as principal.”

A reception is scheduled from 4-5:30 p.m., Monday in the staff room at LAMS.

Community members, staff and students are invited to visit with Kilburn.