LAPS: Andrea Determan Named New Director Of Inclusive Schools


Los Alamos Public Schools is pleased to announce that Andrea Determan has accepted the position of Director of Inclusive Schools for LAPS. In this role, Mrs. Determan will serve as a key member of the district’s leadership team. She will be responsible for overseeing and supporting the district’s work in addressing equity and creating more inclusive schools where all of the students are safe to learn and be themselves. 

”It is an honor to have Andrea back at LAPS,” said Jennifer Guy, Superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools. “She brings so much experience and passion to the district. She has always been a strong advocate for students, families, and our community.  I am looking forward to working with Andrea and learning from her.” 

“I am excited about this new position and am looking forward to helping Los Alamos Public Schools become a model of inclusivity, which values academics, social and emotional learning and civic responsibility,” Mrs. Determan said.

Mrs. Determan has more than thirty years of experience in education, teaching students from diverse backgrounds. She is a native New Yorker and has taught in New York City, Idaho, Pojoaque, and Los Alamos, including at Barranca Mesa Elementary School and Los Alamos Middle School. Her career included teaching students who lived in urban, suburban, rural, reservation, and migrant communities.  

During her years of service at Los Alamos Public Schools, she volunteered to serve on several local and state committees, and as a leader in various capacities.  She was also nominated “Teacher of the Year” and “Educator of Distinction” while teaching for LAPS.

Mrs. Determan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bernard M. Baruch College, a Bachelor of Science from Idaho University and a Master of Arts from New Mexico Highlands University. She is a licensed Administrator and Instructional Leader. In addition to her work in education, she is also involved in several community organizations. She is experienced in work to support equity and inclusion in Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico. 

Her husband works at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and she has one daughter, two grandchildren and a close-knit family that resides in several states. She is a volunteer for several community organizations in Los Alamos. She enjoys taking classes at the YMCA, visiting museums, reading, walking, hiking, camping, biking, dancing, going to the movies and traveling.