7-13-2021 New El Dorado Principal

SFPS Names Angelique Armijo-Ortiz as Principal of El Dorado Community School
Posted on 07/13/2021

 SFPS Superintendent Hilario “Larry” Chavez today named Angelique Armijo-Ortiz as principal of El Dorado Community School.  She assumes the position held by Anne Darnton, who is taking a leave of absence.  Ms. Armijo-Ortiz, a Santa Fe native, has served as assistant principal of Ramirez Thomas Elementary School since 2019.


“Principal Armijo-Ortiz will continue the joy of learning that has distinguished El Dorado Community School.  She brings with her a commitment to active collaboration with families and staff,  high-quality learning and ensuring a welcoming school.  Her door will always be open to ways to improve each child’s academic success and love of knowledge,” said Superintendent Chavez.  “We are deeply grateful to Ms. Darnton, who came to El Dorado in 2010, just in time to take on a major renovation that added a two-story building.  For 11 years, she strived to help students approach learning through happiness.  During this transition, her efforts will remain a guiding light,” he said.


Principal Armijo-Ortiz said, “I was born and raised in Santa Fe and am deeply invested in our Santa Fe students and community.  I am so thankful for the guidance and learning that I have been able to acquire by serving as the assistant principal at Ramirez Thomas.  I am excited and honored to serve as the new principal at El Dorado Community School.  I look forward to working with the El Dorado community and with all stakeholders to do what is best for our students.”


Before becoming assistant principal, Ms. Armijo-Ortiz taught fourth grade at Atalaya Elementary School and Amy Biehl Community School and taught third grade bilingual/TESOL at Sweeney Elementary School.  She graduated from New Mexico State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, including a TESOL endorsement, and in 2011 with a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. 


Principal Armijo-Ortiz will be introduced to the school community on Monday, July 26th, at 6:00 p.m. at the school.

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