Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Candidate questionnaire.

In preparation for the Tuesday school board election, candidates for the Taos Municipal Schools board responded to Journal North questionnaires.

Incumbent Anna L. Mylet, who is running for board Position 1, did not return the questionnaire.

Questions for Candidates:

1. Can you list three top priorities for improving your district and how the school board could help?

2. What could the school board do to help the district recruit and retain high-quality employees, especially teachers?

3. What is your opinion on charter schools?

4. What could the school board do to help schools with large numbers of children who are not performing well on standardized tests?

5. What is Superintendent Roberto "Bobby" Gonzales doing well, and what do you think the superintendent could improve upon?

Jerry Harold Pacheco

Taos School Board Position 1, Ballot Position 1

AGE: 30

FAMILY: Parent of a 19-month-old daughter

EDUCATION: Attended Adams State College and Northern New Mexico Community College; graduated with an associate's degree from University of New Mexico-Taos and continues coursework; Taos High School graduate, 1989

WORK EXPERIENCE: I am the environmental crew supervisor at the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. I was formerly the in-school suspension monitor and coach at Taos High School. I have several years of experience with coaching and working as a substitute teacher for the Taos Municipal Schools.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English, Spanish


1. My No. 1 priority is to get the teachers a contract. I feel that with a contract they can feel more secure in their positions and focus more on teaching our children. I also want to work toward more parental involvement in the schools. I feel that education starts in the home, and the parents are the key to supporting both the teachers and the students. I also want to work to improve the wages for all school employees.

2. We need to build up our reputation as a district that cares. We need to get community support of our teachers and get them a respectable wage.

3. I believe we need to change in the public schools but that charter schools are not the answer. They further separate our community at a time that we need to work to bring the community together. …

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