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Catholic school head receives state honor

Submitted Photo Kendra Mathison of All Saints Catholic School

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The head of a local religious school has been named Administrator of the Year by the New Mexico Association of Non-Public Schools.

Kendra Mathison, principal and administrator of All Saints Catholic School, was chosen from about 10 nominees statewide to receive the recognition after being recommended by the superintendent of schools for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces, according to Dr. John Foreman, state director for the school association.

“It is nice to be recognized, but I know there are truly, truly many people in the state who are so deserving of that award,” Mathison said.

A Roswell native and Goddard High School graduate, Mathison joined All Saints as an office staff member about eight years ago. She became the top administrator four years ago. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University and a master’s certification in Catholic school leadership.

She described All Saints as a “great school” offering good value to parents and students. Formed 16 years ago, it now has 104 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten to eighth grade.

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The New Mexico Association of Non-Profit Schools has been giving the award since 2014. Member schools are allowed to nominate candidates, and this year member institutions total 46, with about 85 percent being faith-based schools, Foreman said.

The association provides professional development to school staff and teachers, advocates for their interests with legislative bodies and provides on-site support for school programs and departments.

Mathison will officially receive her award during the association’s annual conference to be held in September in Albuquerque.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.


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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.