Principal's Letter to Parents/Guardians

Hello Valley View Families,

              My name is Travis Ackerman, and I am the new Principal at Valley View Elementary School.  I grew up in a family of teachers.  My mom was a teacher to her “super tots”, and my brother has taught art in New Mexico and Oregon.  My wife is also a science teacher at Roswell High School.  I am originally from Pennsylvania where I completed my bachelor’s degree in history at Penn State University.  I went on to receive my teaching certification at Arcadia University before moving to New Mexico.  I taught history at Roswell High School and then moved into assistant principal positions at both Mesa Middle School and Roswell High School after completing my master’s in education administration at Eastern New Mexico University.  I am now joining the Valley View Viking family as the Principal, and I am beyond excited for this opportunity to work alongside the staff, families and community.  My wife and I have three wonderful children that will be students here at Valley View in the near future so I plan to be here at Valley View Elementary for quite some time.

My vision for this school is to create a passion for learning that will pave the way to a brighter future for all.  I had the pleasure of meeting with most of the staff at this point, and I am confident in saying that your children are in good hands.  These teachers are committed to setting high expectations for the students here at Valley View, and they will help your children exceed those expectations.  The staff at this school as a whole has continuously created a nurturing and safe environment for all students to learn and the past school grades here at Valley View are evidence of exactly that.  This may not be how we all planned to start out a new school year, but we have been actively working as a school district and a school to provide a high quality and safe education for your children.  The way I see it is we have a blank canvas, and we get to paint the picture.

Of course, we cannot paint that picture and achieve that vision alone.  We will need and welcome your support as well as the community’s support.  My office door is always open, and you can reach me at [email protected] or 575-637-3600.  I just ask that you fill out one of our school’s appointment cards if you would like to sit down and meet with me as I will be busy going in and out of the classrooms seeing what the students are learning and supporting the teachers in maintaining a positive learning environment.

Please pay close attention to any messages on our school’s class dojo account, VVE’s PAC Facebook page, or RISD’s district website and Facebook page for any new updates pertaining to this upcoming school year.

I am anticipating a productive and positive year ahead of us despite the obstacles that we are currently facing.



Travis Ackerman
Valley View Elementary School Principal
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