New Spaces & New Faces

Moriarty High School will see a lot of new spaces and new faces in the coming school year.  From the unveiling of exciting new construction projects on campus to the introductions of a whole host of new staff members, the 2016-2017 school year promises to bring a fresh new perspective!

New Spaces

Construction crews have been busy throughout the summer to complete some amazing new projects around the high school campus.  MHS students will enjoy a fresh new commons area adjacent to a brand new cafeteria.  New, state-of-the-art Life Skills and Music classrooms will be ideal spaces for learning and growing.  Take a look at the progression of these exciting new spaces.

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October 20, 2015: Ground breaking ceremony for new construction projects at MHS. 
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June 16, 2016: 360° Panoramic view of construction in the new Student Commons area. 
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June 28, 2016: A peek at what's to come
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June 28, 2016: Construction in the new cafeteria food service area. 
Photo by Kris Armijo

June 28, 2016: Construction in the new Life Skills room. 
Photo by Kris Armijo

MESD Facilities Update from Our Superintendent – Summer 2016

In 2013 the MESD community chose to impose a modest property tax on themselves in a School Bond election that has now generated almost $20M for renovation and construction throughout our District’s facilities.

This most generous investment in our schools and youth has resulted in upgrades at literally every campus – from the pre-school at the Mountainview complex to the new music rooms and commons area at Moriarty High School and everything in between. Edgewood Middle School has a new paint job and an improved heating and cooling system; South Mountain has new energy efficient lighting; Moriarty Elementary an upgraded HVAC system; and Rte. 66 Elementary has new stucco and improved playground accessibility. And significant technology upgrades have also occurred at every site.

However, the biggest changes can be- and will continue to be- seen at Moriarty High School. While the new cafeteria/commons area, music building and Pinto patio will be fully functioning in August when students return, and will serve as a central, unifying focal point of the campus, work on a new Career and Technical Education Center housing auto, woods welding and drafting will just be getting underway with a scheduled completion date of August 2017. Exciting opportunities for our students for sure!

While great teaching and learning have always occurred in even our oldest facilities, the opportunities to educate our youth in the most optimal settings is a tribute to the commitment and support of our families in the entire region and most appreciated by the District.

Tom Sullivan,
MESD Supt.

New Faces

Let us give you a brief introduction to all of the new staff members at Moriarty High School.  Please join us in welcoming these new faces!

  • Rob Adams - Principal
    Mr. Adams has been with the district for 24 years. During this time, he has been a special education teacher, coach, assistant principal, and since 2005, a district principal that served both Moriarty Elementary, and more recently, Moriarty Middle School. Mr. Adams has a strong vision for the high school, and as a 1985 Moriarty High School graduate, is looking forward to returning to his roots and taking the school to the next level in becoming the premier high school for the region.  Read more about Mr. Adams in this recent article of the Mountain View Telegraph.

  • Nichole Burgin - Assistant Principal
    Mrs. Burgin comes with K - 8 experience, and is excited to bring her instructional support, PLC facilitation, and data analysis skills to the high school and is very much looking forward to becoming a part of the MHS Administrative Team and school staff. 

  • Anastasia Allen - Secretary
    Ms. Allen has been working in a variety of clerical and administrative assistant positions for the last twelve years at CNM in Albuquerque. She is an Edgewood resident whose son attends Edgewood Middle School.

  • Amanda Marez - Secretary
    Ms. Marez has transferred to the high school, filling the secretarial position vacated by Ms. Bibiano. Ms. Marez has been with the district for five years, the last three of which she has served as the Moriarty Middle School Registrar. Ms. Marez is looking forward to working in the front office at the high school, supporting the administration and counseling teams, as well as the teachers and students of MHS.

  • Clay Brazil - Art Teacher
    Mr. Brazil is a National Board Certified Teacher, as as a well-known artist in New Mexico. Mr. Brazil has been with the district since 2001, starting off as an elementary teacher. He has been teaching art at Moriarty Elementary School since 2010. Mr. Brazil has a Bachelor's degree in art education, as well as several post graduate credits in a variety of education courses. He is looking forward to joining the high school team and working with so many of the students that he has taught in the past.

  • 1st Sgt Paul Crow - JROTC Instructor
    Sergeant Crow has 24 years leadership experience in the US Army, including deployment to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Among his 36 awards, 1st Sgt Crow is a three time Bronze Star recipient, three time Meritorious Service Medal recipient, and six time Army Commendation recipient. 1 Sgt Crow served as a substitute in the ROTC program during the 2015 - 2016 school year. We are fortunate to be able to add him to our full time staff beginning with the 2016 - 2017 school year.

  • Major Thomas Dysinger - Senior ROTC Instructor
    Major Dysinger comes to us with 20 years of experience in the US Army, including three years of International Affairs experience.  Maj Dysinger has a Bachelor of Science degree in History, three Army diplomas, and fifteen Army certificates. 

  • Michelle Grutzik - English Teacher
    Ms. Grutzik comes to us from New York where she taught for three years in both general and special education settings before relocating to the east mountain area. Ms. Grutzik has a Bachelor's degree with a focus on English and History.

  • Dana Salk-Scheler - Math Teacher
    Ms. Salk Scheler joins the high school math department with seven years of experience in both Minnesota and New Mexico. She has a BA in mathematics with a minor in physics and statistics, plus extensive post graduate credit hours in mathematics courses. Ms. Salk-Scheler is an Edgewood resident, and looking forward to be a part of our school and community.
  • Jaime Silva - Math Teacher
    Ms. Silva has been a math teacher at Moriaty Middle School since 2012, and is eager to join the high school math department this school year. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mathematics with a secondary education minor, and took course work this summer to become certified to teach Advanced Placement classes at MHS.

  • Feline Sandoval - Science Teacher
    Ms. Sandoval is joining the high school science department for her first teaching position. She has a Bachelor's degree in education and is working to complete her MA in secondary education. As a Moriarty resident, Ms. Sandoval has worked as an exceptional substitute in the district since 2010.

  • Roberta Madrid - Counselor
    Ms. Madrid is returning to the high school guidance office where she worked from 2011 to 2014. She spent the last two years providing counseling services to students at Edgewood and Moriarty Middle Schools, and is looking forward to following these students to the high school beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Chelsea Haining - Counselor
    Ms. Haining is a new Counselor joining the high school guidance office team following her graduation this May, when she achieved her Master of Arts in Counseling with a focus on school and mental health counseling.