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Dr. Veronica C. Garcia
Superintendent, Santa Fe Public Schools

610 Alta Vista Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505

(505) 467-2003

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Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia

Dr. GarciaDr. Veronica C. Garcia, superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools, has extensive experience working in the policy arena in various capacities, including serving as Executive Director for NM Voices for Children, Executive Director of the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators, and New Mexico’s first Cabinet Secretary of Education. As Cabinet Secretary of Education, she advocated for the passage of many educational reforms including the state’s Pre-K Act, Hispanic Education Act, programs that extend the school year for at-risk children (K-3 Plus), and rigorous academic standards that were recognized nationally. She also pushed for a comprehensive approach to educational reform by advocating for increased funding for programs such as school-based health clinics, breakfast in the schools, and elementary physical education. Under her leadership, New Mexico garnered top rankings for school reform, accountability systems, increased teacher quality, data quality, health and wellness policies, parental involvement, and college and career readiness.

Prior to becoming the superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools, Dr. Garcia served as the Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children, a state children’s advocacy organization that champions policies meant to improve child well-being in the areas of education, health, family economic security, and racial and ethnic equity. During her time as Executive Director of NM Voices for Children, she fully integrated the organization’s two major work areas—the KIDS COUNT program and the Fiscal Policy Project—which resulted in the creation of the NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us policy campaign, a blueprint for improving child well-being. Her decades of work within the state’s K-12 education system has also included teaching in the classroom, serving as principal and regional superintendent in the Albuquerque Public Schools, and serving as associate superintendent and superintendent of the Santa Fe Public Schools. As the Superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools from 1999-2002, the District transformed a $2.6 million deficit into a $2.4 million cash balance.

Dr. Veronica C. Garcia has received numerous awards including: the National Governor’s Association Award for Excellence in State Government, New Mexico Superintendent of the Year, New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders Hall of Fame, and the Life Time Achievement Award in Education from Hispanic Magazine. She is a native Spanish speaker and received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico. She is a local, national and international keynote speaker having delivered more than a thousand speeches and addresses in her career. Her dissertation, “Ethical Relational Leadership: A New Framework for the Professional Development of Educational Leaders,” has been used by many in the field. Dr. Garcia has written a chapter (“Education 2050”) in the soon-to-be released book titled New Mexico 2050, published by the University of New Mexico Press.

  SFPS Press Conference,
November 16, 2016

On November 16, 2016, Santa Fe Public Schools announced our comprehensive district plan, in partnership with a number of community organizations, to ensure all student feel safe and welcome in our schools.

Messages from the Superintendent

Dear Santa Fe Public Schools Community (Nov. 15, 2016)

Estimada Comunidad de las Escuelas Públicas de Santa Fe (Nov. 15, 2016)

SFPS Superintendent’s Reorganization Focuses on Supporting the Classroom (Nov. 13, 2016)

Recently Santa Fe Public Schools received a barrage of great news. (November 1, 2016)

Santa Fe Public Schools, there IS a lot to love! (September 21, 2016)

Testing Freeze (September 8, 2016)

School Grades (Santa Fe New Mexican (August 28, 2016)

A Message from the Interim Superintendent (August 22, 2016)

Press Releases

A Statement from Santa Fe Public Schools Board of Education President Susan Duncan (September 21, 2016)

SFPS Board of Education Offers Dr. Garcia Superintendent Position (September 20, 2016)

SFPS Board of Education Announces Interim Superintendent (July 9, 2016)