Los Alamos School Board Seeks Applications For Board Vacancy Created By Resignation Of Dawn Jalbert

Los Alamos School Board member Dawn Jalbert has resigned effective June 30. Applications are being accepted by the school board to fill the position. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com


The Los Alamos School board has announced a vacancy on the board for District 5 created by the resignation of board member Dawn Jalbert which is effective June 30. The term of office for the position expires Dec. 31, 2021, so the successful candidate will have to run for the position in the November 2021 election.

Jalbert submitted her resignation at the board’s June 11 meeting. She noted that like many people across the world, this last year of pandemic isolation has given her a great deal of time to think about her priorities in life and to make adjustments as necessary to bring her goals, interests and activities into sync.

“Upon reflection, I find my efforts and interests as a school board member are no longer serving my constituents or community well. Therefore, I will be resigning my position, effective June 30, 2021,” Jalbert said. “It is my hope that the Mountain School zone will be able to draw someone from the many excellent parent leaders and volunteers to finish out my term. 

She said she wishes Los Alamos Public Schools, particularly the extraordinary teachers and administrators striving every day to best serve students needs, all the best moving forward.

Jalber was a special education teacher at Mountain Elementary for most of her career. She moved to the district office for as curriculum director and served as an interim principal at Chamisa Elementary School for eight months before returning to the curriculum director position. She eventially decided that she really missed working with kids so she taught English and History to special education classes at Los Alamos HIgh School. She graduated from LAHS in 1978.

Applicants for the position must be registered voters over 18 years of age and live in District 5, which is the Mountain Elementary School area. Those interested in the position are being asked to submit a letter of interest, proof of residency in District 5 and a resume to Debra Larson at d.larson@laschools.net no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 6. The board is expected to appoint the new member later in July.

Click here to view the map of District 5. For more information, call Debra Larson, (505) 663-2230.