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Mrs. Sledzinski (pronounced Sled-jin-ski) is entering her third year as principal at Koogler. She graduated from Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in 1994, earned her Bachelors Degree from Waynesburg University in 1998 in Art, and went through the Teacher Education Program at the University of New Mexico. She brings has 18 years of teaching and administrative experience from several four corners area schools.

Mrs. Sledzinski has taught Computers, Pre-K, reading and Art and is also certified to teach K-8 and Social Studies. She has previously served as a middle school assistant principal, middle school principal and high school assistant principal. In 2010 Mrs. Sledzinski completed the Grand Canyon University Education Administration program and earned her Masters Degree in Education Administration. Mrs. Sledzinski has won awards for: VFW Educator of the Year, School District Teacher of the Year, the New Mexico School Board Association's Excellence for Student Achievement Award, and Aztec High School's Make a Difference Award.

Mrs. Sledzinski has been married for 17 years and has 1 child. She loves to be outdoors, paint, and garden.

Philosophy: Education is essential to have having a high quality life, no one can take what you know away from you. It is critical we empower students with the knowledge they need to be successful adults.

Motto: Before we arrive, we need to know how to get there. Our job as educators  involves showing students how to: work, find answers, stay organized, reason, and problem solve. We can't expect them to do all of these things without first teaching them how to do them.


Ms. Fernandez is entering her first year at Koogler. She graduated from Farmington High School in 1986, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education by attending courses at both the College of Santa Fe and the  University of New Mexico.  Ms. Fernandez received her Master Degree in Special Education and received credentials to become an Administrator from New Mexico Highland University.

As an educator with 20 years of experience, she has taught in the Farmington School system for 15 years before coming to Aztec Schools. In the Aztec School system she was the principal for Park Avenue Elementary for five years. Ms. Fernandez will transition to Koogler Middle School as Assistant Principal. Ms. Fernandez completed training from University of Virginia to assist in making the changes in a school to improve student performance. She has received the Red Apple Teacher Award for multiple years.

Ms. Fernandez loves her family, dogs, hiking, golf, and helping others.

Philosophy: All students can learn no matter their life experiences and diverse learning needs.

Quote:The woods would be silent if no bird sang but the best.”- Henry David Thoreau

Motto:  Educators have the honor of cultivating student gifts and talents to help them achieve their goals.


Mrs. Hamilton (Not related to Mr. Hamilton at Koogler) is our assistant principal/athletic director She graduated from Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania in 1981, earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University in 1993 in Elementary Education, Participated in Education Abroad through Penn State, and attended the Farmington branch of New Mexico Highlands University, Master’s Programs in Special Education and completed her Master’s in Educational Leadership in 2009 from NMHU. She brings with her 21 years of teaching and administrative experience from several four corners area schools and the Navajo Reservation.

Mrs. Hamilton has taught Elementary, middle school and high school special education, behavioral intervention programs, reading intervention, and all academics. She is licensed to teach K-8, Special Education K-12 and K-12 Administration. She has previously served as an acting principal for alternative high school, special education building coordinator, Crisis intervention Trainer, and mentor teacher/mentor trainer.

Mrs. Hamilton has been married for 15 years and has 2 children. She loves to be outdoors, travel, play softball and volleyball, and rescue animals.

Philosophy: Education it the key to empowerment.  The more we know, the more we have control over what happens to us.  The more we know, the more control we have in making positive decisions for our future.

Motto: Go for it! Everyone has dreams, but dreams only come true from persistence and perseverance.  To make a dream come true you need to make the choice to take action instead of waiting for it to fall in your lap.

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Mrs. Sledzinski  kmsledje@aztec.k12.nm.us


Ms. Fernandez    kmfernta@aztec.k12.nm.us


Ms. Hamilton Kmhamibe@aztec.k12.nm.us