White House Author
Armando H. Chavez
Principal of Columbus Elementary School
Armando Chavez serves as principal of Columbus Elementary School (Deming Public Schools) in Columbus, NM. The school serves a population in which 99% of the students enter as monolingual Spanish language students. Most of this unique group of students were born in the United States and live across the border in Mexico. During his tenure as the leader of the school, he has emphasized the importance of education. His vision is to unite two nations and two languages in order to produce productive citizens of the United States. His vision also includes giving them the tools needed to reach high levels of excellence and achievement. Biliteracy and bilingualism are at the forefront of his educational design for every student. He encourages teachers, students, and parents to form alliances which will enhance the opportunity for every child to succeed.