By William Thompson: Quay County Sun
Floyd language arts teacher to start in Tucumcari soon.
Tucumcari will soon have a new high school principal.
Susan Montoya, a language arts teacher at Floyd High School, was notified Saturday of her selection.
She succeeds Gary Salazar, whose resignation takes effect after this school year.
“She has an upbeat personality and she said she will have high expectations of students and her staff. She met all of our criteria,” Superintendent William Reents said
Montoya said she will be moving to Tucumcari this summer with her husband.
“I’ve worked with some people from Tucumcari and they all said what a good school district it is,” Montoya said. “I toured the school recently, and you have a wonderful facility there.”
Montoya has taught at Floyd High School for 5 1/2 years.
Before that she taught four years at Clovis Christian school. She received her bachelor’s degree in business from Colorado Christian College and holds a master’s degree in education from Eastern New Mexico University.
Montoya said she attended most of the sporting events at Floyd and was an advisor for the National Junior Honor Society at Floyd High School.
Reents said budgetary constraints led him to offer Montoya just a one-year contract, but said he could renew the contract before the 2005-2006 school year ends and even give Montoya a longer contract at that time.
He said Montoya will sign a contract shortly after the end of the current school year. He said she will be paid “somewhere in the neighborhood” of $60,000 for one year.
Montoya said she expects all students to receive an adequate education.
“I encourage others to be the best they can be, I have a very strong spiritual life and I believe my faith inspires others,” Montoya said. “I truly believe students can achieve what they want in life if they put forth the effort. I expect students to graduate from high school with an education that will allow them to make the choices they want to make in life.”