"To elevate the education profession we must update the curriculum and its delivery," says Mary Lou Arguelles-Anderson, the principal of Cleveland Middle School in Albuquerque. With this in mind and under Mrs. Arguelles-Anderson's leadership, the school has developed "School Families," which pairs teachers of different subjects to teach in teams. With twelve School Families in place, this unique approach has resulted in the restructuring of curriculum delivery and individualized learning environments for students. In order to gauge both student and teacher progress, Mrs. Arguelles-Anderson has developed the Authentic Assessment system, which uses the portfolio review process. Mrs. Arguelles-Anderson works to provide her teachers with encouragement and opportunities to be innovative, and has taught herself numerous professional-development workshops.
New Mexico State University, B.A.