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The Importance of Imagination in Society: Amy Lewis

Watch an inspiring oral presentation by Taos High School Speech and Debate team member Amy Lewis with her Original Oratory.

 

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October is Attendance Awareness Month, help Taos Schools improve our attendance rates and student outcomes by showing up to every class every day. 

Taos Schools Communicates with families about chronic absences. Chronic absences are excused and/or a combination of excused and unexcused absences that equal missing 10% of school or more. Learn how we help students improve attendance and learning outcomes. 

Learn more about the importance of attendance at Taos Schools on the Students and Parents page.

 

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Strategic Plan

 

Click to view the 2017-2018 Taos Municipal Schools Strategic Plan

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School Board

 

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Superintendent's Spotlight

What would happen to our society if educators did not exist? Many of our students would not have access to a place to feel safe and curious, a place to eat healthy breakfast and lunch, or access to people who show them what is possible through education. Our profession is one of the most under-recognized, but one of the most valuable. My hope is that one day our educators will be honored in the same fashion as sports figures and movie stars. Until then, we carry on and know our role, and know the difference that we can make for each student. 

- Dr Lillian Torrez, Superintendent of TMSD

Dr. Torrez has worked in K-12 education throughout New Mexico for 39 years. She began her career in education as a special education teacher in Albuquerque for nine years. Dr. Torrez also worked as school counselor, assistant principal and principal in Albuquerque. As principal, Dr. Torrez led her school to improvement by focusing on student data to improve instruction. She strategically and systemically led a school to increase student test scores from 8% (ITBS) to 52% (ITBS) to meet AYP. Her school received the National Title I Award by the US Department of Education. While at her school, Dr. Torrez was named Principal of the Year by KOAT TV and the Boy Scouts of America Inc. After seven years of leading her school, she moved to the educational private sector for a few years to gain expertise in strategic planning, high quality instruction, creating  a climate for school improvement and best practices and principles of school excellence. While she was there, she graduated from the New Mexico Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy and was a finalist for New Mexico Secretary of Education.

 Dr. Torrez moved back to the public schools as an Assistant Superintendent. In March of 2012, she was the Superintendent of the Questa Independent School District in Questa, New Mexico. While there, Dr. Torrez was selected as Administrator of the Year by the New Mexico National Board Teacher Network. Dr. Torrez was selected top 20 in the US by AASA (American Association of School Administrators) to participate in the two year National Superintendent Certification Program of which she graduated in February 2015. Dr. Torrez is on the Executive Council for the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders and President-Elect of the New Mexico Superintendents’ Association. She sits on the National AASA Governing Council representing New Mexico in lobbying state and federal governments on policy issues. She is on the UNM Curriculum Advisory Committee, member of the Taos/Questa Community Guidance Council for Presbyterian Medical Services (PMS) and a member of the Taos Milagro Rotary.

She completed her bachelor’s degree in Special Education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, master’s degree in School Counseling at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico and holds an educational specialist (Ed. S.) degree and doctorate (Ph.D.) degree from the University of New Mexico with expertise in Educational Administration and Organizational Communication.