Joyce A. NewmanJoyce A. Newman
Arroyo del Oso Elementary School
Albuquerque Public Schools
Albuquerque, New Mexico

With no assistant principal at Joyce Newman’s school, “everybody has the opportunity during the year for shared leadership,” she says. Teachers and other staff members invest themselves in school programs, she says, and “we don’t have anyone as a sideline observer.” For example, three staff “Goal Teams” have focused on improving literacy achievement, math achievement, and effective and efficient operations (EEO), respectively. The Literacy and Math Goal Teams have coordinated evening school events to engage families in academics. The EEO Goal Team established a master school schedule and has managed a positive-behavior-support program. Newman arrived at Arroyo del Oso Elementary in 1997. Today the urban school serves 425 Pre-K-5 students. The school has continued making Adequate Yearly Progress based on standards-based assessments each year. It was one of only 19 schools in its district to earn that distinction in 2008. Newman has supported academic success by establishing schoolwide programs and practices that address all learners’ needs. She takes particular pleasure in her school’s uplifting climate. One way she maintains this environment is by promoting a practice of making five positive comments for every negative one encountered. She received her B.S. from the University of Nevada and her master’s degree from the University of New Mexico.