October 7, 2008

Cibola High Hires Assistant Principal

By Elaine D. Briseo Journal Staff Writer

Cibola High School has a new assistant principal who comes from the local community.

Melissa Sedillo started work as an administrator at the school Sept. 2, which was after the beginning of the new school year. It's her first position as an administrator. "I wanted to work at Cibola," she said. "I live in the community and I have young children who will enter here."

Sedillo said she already has one child who attends the West Side high school. She started her career more than 10 years ago at John Adams Middle School, also on the West Side, as a special education teacher. She said she eventually began to take on leadership roles at John Adams and eventually went back to UNM to get a certificate in administrative leadership. That was followed by an administrative internship at Albuquerque High, where she was the dean of students.

Sedillo grew up in Littleton. Colo., and graduated from Columbine High School. She moved to Albuquerque with her husband 18 years ago and attended the University of New Mexico, where she obtained a bachelor's in psychology and criminology and a master's in special education.

As an assistant principal at Cibola, she is responsible for 12th- grade attendance and discipline and overseeing state and district testing. She joins a team of two other assistant principals and two deans.

Sedil lo replaces Vicky Abreu, who, according to a school newsletter, moved to northern New Mexico.

Cibola has about 2,230 students. It is undergoing a major renovation, which is set to be complete by November.

"I have always been a parent cougar," she said. "I wanted be a administrative cougar."

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