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Meet the Principal


Dear West Mesa Families,


My name is Michele Torres and I am so excited to introduce myself as the new principal of West Mesa High School.  I am honored to have been selected to join your community, which is known far and wide for its dedication to excellence, but more importantly, to your students.  Over the past 20 plus years, I have worked as a teacher and administrator, but I consider my most important job to be that of a child advocate. I will spend a considerable amount of time with your students, getting to know their personalities, learning styles, and interests. I will celebrate their successes, small and large! I will encourage them every day and let them know they are unique,
valued, and have a special place in our school community.  Not only am I excited to begin working with your students, but I look forward to the work we will do together! My goal is to ensure that all students are healthy, happy, and safe, so they may
learn as much as they can. This has been my philosophy since I began my teaching career with Albuquerque Public Schools (APS). I’ve been with APS since 1995 where I taught both 4th and
5th grades, served as an instructional coach, assistant principal, and finally principal.

My greatest achievement comes not professionally, but personally. I’ve been married to Mark Torres, who is a Deputy Commander with APD, for 27 years. I am the mother of two beautiful children, Marcos and Mitchell. People often say I treat all children in my school as if they are my own. Please know I will work tirelessly to support all of your children so they have the best possible experiences while at West Mesa.

Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced and learned with me to your wonderful community. I look forward to getting to know you and your students. I will be working most days this summer to ensure for a smooth transition and opening in August. I look forward to meeting you soon!


Warm Regards,
Michele Torres
Principal