Speaker – Adan Estrada / Superintendent of Cimarron Municipal Schools
Presented by Bret Wier
Cimarron/ School Board Selects New Superintendent: Adan Estrada
Clayton grad returning to northeast New Mexico
By Bob Morris,
April 2, 2013
After growing up in northeast New Mexico, Adan Estrada is getting his chance to return to the area.
Estrada, a Clayton High School graduate, was named the new superintendent of the Cimarron school district at a special board
meeting Saturday. Estrada has worked for Clovis schools since 2002.Â “I am very happy to be back to serve a community who
helped me to grow up and prosper and am very happy to be back in this area,” he said.
While Estrada attended Clayton schools, “we grew up working with Cimarron and playing basketball against them.” He said he and his family liked the community of Cimarron and “this will be a great place for my family to live.”Â Cimarron school board President Valorie Garcia told The Range that Estrada’s enthusiasm impressed the board.Â “You could see he cared about the children,” she said, adding that he “brought (that enthusiasm) into the room.”Â Garcia said Estrada’s efforts to improve school performance appealed to the board as well. “His background of bringing schools from the bottom to the top of the grade – he had really good experience in doing that,” she said.
Estrada started his career in education in 1998 as a bilingual elementary teacher in Carlsbad, a position he held for four years. In 2002, he took his first job with Clovis schools as the principal of Bella Vista Elementary School, and served in that role for four years. He then spent six years at Lockwood Elementary School, heading up the school’s bilingual education program. This school year, Estrada worked as the principal of Choices Alternative High School in Clovis.
“I think he will work well with the community, parents, staff and students,” Garcia said. “I’m really optimistic about him coming to work for the district.”Â Estrada said the opportunity before him is an “awesome challenge” and that he looks forward to working with the community. “I know there will be a lot to learn,” Estrada said about his first job as a school district superintendent.Â “There is already excellent leadership here in Cimarron schools. I will be talking to the leaders in the community to make sure we have a good plan in place for Cimarron schools.”