Almudena (Almi) Abeyta grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is a proud product of the Albuquerque Public Schools. She began her career in education as a kindergarten teacher in Santa Fe sixteen years ago. Ms. Abeyta was the principal of the Donald McKay K-8 School (McKay) in the Boston Public Schools from 2004-2008. As principal, Ms. Abeyta led her school to improvement by focusing on data to improve instruction. Her work is documented in Data Wise in Action: Schools Using Data to Improve Instruction. After four years of leading her school, the McKay was recognized by the Mauricio Gastón Institute, an institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, as an exemplar for educating Latino students. In 2007, El Planeta, the largest circulated Spanish newspaper in Massachusetts and New England, named Ms. Abeyta among the 100 Most Influential People in the state’s Hispanic Community. Most recently she was the Assistant Academic Superintendent for the Middle and K-8 Schools in the Boston Public Schools.
She completed her bachelor’s degree in Communication/Journalism at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.