July 9, 2008

High School Principal Resigns From Post


Pojoaque Valley High School Principal Kevin Hubka, 52, known for his enthusiasm and innovative methods of connecting with students and teachers during his one year as principal, has resigned to return to Questa High School.

In a May 3 letter to Superintendent Toni Nolan Trujillo, Hubka did not give a reason for his decision to quit, saying only that his resignation would be effective at the end of his contract,

June 30, and thanking Trujillo for giving him the opportunity to serve the Pojoaque school district.

Hubka did not return repeated calls for comment Monday.

Trujillo said Hubka will be returning as principal to Questa beginning next school year.

Since the 2003-2004 school year, Hubka has spent only one consecutive year at any one school. He served as principal at Questa, north of Taos, in the 2006-2007 school year; assistant principal at Pojoaque Valley High School in 2003-2004; assistant principal at Moriarty High School in 2005-2006; and Pojoaque principal this past school year.

"I was sorry to see Mr. Hubka leave our district," Trujillo said. "He had a very successful year and I believe he had a wonderful rapport with the students, and he created a positive climate, but I support his decision to return to Questa."

In an interview with The New Mexican in January, Hubka related his own checkered high-school years, and how those experiences along with having been a substitute teacher, helped him connect with students and establish positive working relationships with teachers.

"I don't want any student to go through what I did, " Hubka said in the interview. "I hated school, and I want kids to love it, and I want teachers to see the classroom through the eyes of their students."

Hubka did not enter the education field until he was 39, when he began substitute teaching as an out-of-work factory worker in Albuquerque.

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