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Left side: Secretary Ryan Stewart looking at a school reopening poster. Right side: Welcome back banner posted in school entryway.


On the Road: The Public Education Department staff is visiting districts and charter schools throughout the state as they welcome back many of their staff, students, and families. Our goal is to support the staff and students as they implement COVID-Safe Practices and return to in-person learning. These images from the PED as well from schools around the state offer a glimpse into these visits and highlight the innovative and fun ways staff and students are embracing their return to classrooms.



Social distancing classroom layout at Cimarron Municipal Schools


Welcoming Students back

Schools are using stickers, painted paw prints, and other visual cues to ensure everyone maintains as much social distancing as possible while at school. And staff and students find creative ways to share supportive and fun messages about COVID-Safe Practices, such as the giant mask that Deputy Secretary Gwen Perea Warniment posed with at Aspen Elementary in Los Alamos.


Teachers and staff at Lew Wallace Elementary School have a welcome message for students and families!

Dr. Timothy Hand visits schools in the Roswell Independent School District.

The band marches on at Lovington High School.

Students at Des Moines Elementary Schools share their opinions about COVID-19 during a visit with Deputy Secretary Vickie Bannerman.


A Visit to Cimarron Municipal Schools

Deputy Secretary Vickie Bannerman visited Cimarron Municipal Schools, where she found a variety of innovative learning spaces that focus on everything from woodworking to photography.



Deputy Secretary Katarina Sandoval (from left) visits La Mesa Elementary in Albuquerque with principal Aura Acabal and Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Scott Elder.

Secretary Ryan Stewart was greeted by students at Hózhó Academy in Gallup on Tuesday.

Deputy Secretary Gwen Perea Warniment, with student ambassadors M.J. Martinez and Analise Natal, eagerly await the arrival of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham at Aspen Elementary in Los Alamos.

Secretary Ryan Stewart gets a lesson in egg incubation at Grants High.

Teacher Maria Tynan at Petroglyph Elementary in Albuquerque teaching students in remote and in-person with grace and amazing deftness!

English teacher Dana Etscorn ready for students in her 10th grade English class at Socorro High.

Principal Kristina Perea and Albuquerque Public Schools Associate Superintendent Amanda de Bell celebrate the return to in-person instruction at Petroglyph Elementary School in Albuquerque.

Aspen Elementary in Los Alamos welcomed its Tigers back.

Ralph Ramos, interim superintendent of Las Cruces Public Schools, greets Deputy Secretary Gwen Perea Warniment for a tour of Valley View Elementary.

Secretary Ryan Stewart watched a student dissect a sheep’s heart during a visit to Artesia High School.

Lovington High School requires all Wildcats to mask up.

Secretary Ryan Stewart takes a lunch break with students at Pojoaque High School.

Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica Garcia shares an elbow bump with Secretary Ryan Stewart at Wood Gormley Elementary School.

Science class gets slithery at La Cueva High School.

Deputy Secretary Gwen Perea Warniment studies chalk art at North Valley Academy charter school in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque.

Secretary Ryan Stewart checks in with students at Raton High School.


Page last updated May 5, 2021