SFUSD administrator named superintendent of Albuquerque public schools 

Longtime educator Luis Valentino, who has served as the chief academic officer of San Francisco Unified School District since 2012, was selected by the Albuquerque (N.M.) Public School Board of Education as its next superintendent.

Valentino, one of 59 applicants reviewed and picked among three finalists, is set to begin his new post with a three-year contract July 1. His salary has not yet been finalized.

“It’s a little bittersweet,” Valentino said. “After having spent 24 years in Los Angeles ... coming [to San Francisco] was a great opportunity to rethink and reimagine education. At the same, time I am excited for the opportunity to take not only what I learned here but in L.A. and apply it [to] help move student achievement forward.”

While at the SFUSD, Valentino, 54, was tasked with ensuring full implementation of the Common Core State Standards, bringing financial stability to the division of curriculum and instruction, and launching a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiative.

“I’m extremely happy for Dr. Valentino. I think the schools in Albuquerque will prosper under his leadership,” SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza said in a statement to The San Francisco Examiner. “He has done incredible work here in San Francisco.”

Valentino previously worked in various roles for the Los Angeles Unified School District for more than two decades, including as a teacher, principal and supervisor of schools.

Valentino holds a doctorate in education leadership from UCLA, a master’s in educational administration from Pepperdine University and a master’s in instructional technology from California State Los Angeles.

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Laura Dudnick

Laura Dudnick, a Bay Area native, covers education and planning for The San Francisco Examiner. She previously worked as a senior local editor for Patch.com, and as the San Mateo County bureau reporter and weekend editor for Bay City News Service.
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