Today, Gary coordinates a Principal Leadership Program where he trains teachers from across the state to become school administrators.
Gary has been in education for over 35 years, beginning as a high school history teacher and coach at Moriarty High School. After a decade in the classroom, leading the Honors Civics class to national competitions in Washington D.C. and becoming a decorated coach, he received his Master’s in Educational Administration.
Gary served as an elementary principal and athletic director in Moriarty before becoming the high school principal at Rio Rancho High School. There, he would lead the largest high school in the state and establish a culture of academic excellence and community pride.
Following RRHS, Gary took the helm of the New Mexico Activities Association as executive director. There he would be credited with starting the NMAA Foundation, that awards scholarships to outstanding seniors, repair the NMAA’s budget, and greatly support Senator Michael Sanchez’s concussion legislation to protect student-athletes.
Missing the schools and classroom, he left the NMAA to become the principal at Zia Pueblo, working for the Bureau of Indian Education. At Zia, Gary unified the staff and brought proficiency up to double-digit results for three years.
From Zia, Gary’s track record of system improvement led him to be Rio Rancho Public Schools Chief of Strategic Planning. His two-year role brought community leaders together to work towards the district’s outstanding goal to ignite student potential and strengthen the future goals of the district.