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Raices del Saber Xinachtli Community School (RSXCS) will start 2023 with a new head administrator.
Maria Artiaga, Ph.D., is the new academic and program leader at the school, RSXCS said in a news release.
“I am excited to be at Raices and thank the school community and partners for allowing me to become the head administrator,” Artiaga said. “I am excited to expand my knowledge of the Nahuatl language and pedagogy, methodology and foundational skills based at Raices.”
“We are honored to welcome Dr. María Artiaga to our community school as our academic and program leader for Raíces del Saber,” said RSXCS Governance Board Chair Raúl Aldair Márquez. “She brings exceptional credits in education and administration to our innovative school.”
“We had a stellar response from applicants with all holding Ph.D. and identified as highly qualified in their certifications, including bilingual, with decades of professional experience,” said Ray Reich, one of the school’s founders and head of the search committee. “Our final choice was unanimous, and we have the good fortune to have Dr. Artiaga to lead us in continued growth and success for our children and community.”
Artiaga has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction emphasizing language, literacy and culture; an MA in bilingual education; and a BS in elementary education, all from New Mexico State University. She retired in 2022 from Las Cruces Public Schools where she served 30 years as an educator and administrator, retiring as executive director of Early Childhood Education. Artiaga also has been an adjunct faculty member at NMSU and Doña Ana Community College for 17 years, teaching reading, math and bilingual/TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Raíces is a free public charter community school for grades K-5, using a dual-language two-way immersion 90:10 model and Xinachtli, an enrichment program that utilizes indigenous Mesoamerican concepts as part of the curriculum. The school is located at 2211 N. Valley Drive.
In addition to Márquez, the Raices governing board includes Vice Chair Pat Minjarez, secretary Verónica Lucio, treasurer María Elena DeVargas and member at large Patsy López.