Carter, Williams co-directors of curriculum and instruction

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The Belen Consolidated Schools department of curriculum and instruction will see a return to a tradition this school year. Instead of one director, there will be two.

Matt Williams, former principal at Infinity High and the Family School, and Joann Carter, a former assistant principal at Belen High School, will be teaming up as directors of curriculum and instruction.

Joann Carter

Williams, who was a math teacher at Belen middle and high schools and is working on his doctorate in organizational, institutional and learning sciences, said not only would the position be in line with his degree work but it would allow him to help build the organization.

“From my experience and studies, this was the right thing to do,” Williams said of being one of two directors. “Together, we will be stronger in what we do.”

In the history of the job, there used to be two people, Williams said, until the district had to downsize and all the duties were left to Geneva Nixon, who retired earlier this year.

“She did a great job but it’s too much for one person,” he said.

Williams said if you look at any school district, curriculum is the biggest thing any district does.

“It’s the system throughout a district,” he said.

Looking to the coming school year, Williams said he and Carter, “have to get everyone on the same page and then communicate like crazy.”

To help with that communication, the two are determined to be out at the school sites more often.

Matt Williams

“Joann and I want to be out in the schools at every opportunity talking to principals, teachers, students and parents,” Williams said. “The curriculum is the center piece of a district; it’s why schools exist. To deliver the curriculum.”

As the year progresses, they will be reviewing student data and filling gaps where the district needs to deliver instruction and to help get students where they need to be.

“We will all work together and close (the gap). We don’t have all As (at our schools) but that’s the goal,” Williams said.