Equity Council


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In the fall of 2019, the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) requested that all New Mexico school districts establish a Superintendent’s/Executive Director’s Equity Council.

This Council will be a local-level team that will help inform the district’s actions and solutions in response to Martinez/Yazzie. This group is responsible for addressing key areas related to Martinez/Yazzie and the four deliverables:

  1. readiness assessment
  2. equity plan
  3. culturally and linguistically responsive (CLR) frameworks
  4. funding report

The Equity Council will provide updates to and collaborate with the school boards and school governing bodies. The Superintendent’s / Executive Director’s Equity Councils are an advisory; they do not make final decisions or policy.

SAMS Academy Equity Council:

This is a group of students, parents, community, and staff who want to transform our school environment into a safe, equitable, inclusive, diverse, and culturally and linguistically responsive place. If you are interested in learning more and signing up to take part in this SAMS Equity Council, please email Ms. Hays ahays@samsacademy.com

SAMS Academy Equity Council Members:

  • Bridget Barrett, School Administration
  • Amanda Catanzaro, School Administration
  • Audra Hays, School Social Worker and SEL Teacher
  • Stephanie Erler, Parent
  • Jody Meyer, Parent