Some familiar faces will be taking over new job responsibilities in the next few weeks as Hobbs schools end one school year and make plans for another.
Former HMS Supt. Cliff Burch has been named Special Education Director and replaces Cheryl Aguilar, who will move on with her career in another district. Burch – a former teacher and Hobbs High School principal – retired in 2010 after spending five years as the district’s superintendent. He returned to work for the district two years ago when he was named principal of Stone Elementary School.
Also moving up in ranks is Jefferson principal Dixie Vejil who will be bilingual/testing director when Freddie Salgado retires later this month. Vejil began her Hobbs career as a teacher in 1997 and was promoted to Jefferson principal in 2003. In addition to supervising the bilingual program and state testing, she also will be charged with managing a hefty federal programs budget and the Title I and Title II programs.
Retirements and promotions have also resulted in numerous school principal vacancies.
Zeke Kaney will replace retiring Hobbs High School principal Jeff Cearley. Kaney went to work as a science teacher at the high school in 1999, was promoted to assistant principal at Highland in 2009 and has been Heizer’s principal since it reopened in 2012 as a middle school. Heizer Assistant Principal Rene Cantu – who attended Heizer as a youngster – will now be principal at the school. He first worked for Hobbs schools as a Heizer math teacher in 1996, later taught math at Hobbs High School and became Heizer assistant principal in 2011.
Stepping in to fill principal vacancies at the elementary level are Stacy Davis, who takes over for retiring Coronado principal Kevin Black; Lisa Richards, who replaces retiring Taylor principal Sandi Segars; Pam Randall, who will head up Jefferson; Jennifer Carlson, who takes over for retiring Mills principal Gail Bryant and Ann Moore, who will replace Burch at Stone.
Moore is currently director of accountability and curriculum at Greenwood Independent School District and is a former superintendent of the Brady, Texas school district. She brings more than 30 years of education experience to Hobbs.
Davis has been Highland Middle School’s counselor since 2000. She first went to work for the district in 1996 as a College Lane teacher.
Richards currently teaches fifth grade at Mills Elementary. She also has taught at Edison and Taylor and went to work for Hobbs Schools in 1994.
Carlson currently is a third-grade teacher at Coronado. She joined the HMS district five years ago.
Pam Randall went to work as a Coronado teacher in 1995 and has also taught elementary school at Broadmoor and Stone. She currently is a Freshman High School math teacher.