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Principal Edward Bortot


Edward E. Bortot


About our Principal


Edward E. Bortot, has a degree in History and Political Science from The University of New Mexico. He attained a Masters in Teaching in 1999 and another Masters in Educational Leadership in 2001 from Western New Mexico University. He Started out with Gallup McKinley County School District teaching 5th grade at Jefferson Elementary School, Mr. Bortot then moved to teaching 6 years of Special Education. In 2001 he became an Assistant Principal of Gallup Central Alternative High School. In 2003 he became a  Principal of Stagecoach Elementary School. From 2007 to 2008 he served as a Bureau Chief of the Humanities Division for the New Mexico Public Education Department working under the Assistant to the Secretary of Education Dr. Patricia Parkinson. he then went back into the field in 2008 and became the Assistant Principal of Manzano High School with Albuquerque Public Schools. He also taught an AVID class for three years while being the Assistant Principal. He then took over at Kennedy Middle School where he is the current Principal.  Mr. Bortot has transformed this middle school into an ABC Community School. He is also a published poet of three books.

Mr. Bortot goes above and beyond for his students


Students Determined to Succeed - AVID with Mr. Bortot


Letter from Mr. Bortot to the Kennedy Community

Dear Kennedy Community,


As I reflect back starting my 23rd year of Education, I could not be more proud of being part of this Kennedy Middle School Community. I started here in 2012 and when I look at our School Community Report, we have come along way. This community achieved together as a collective group working together to address not only our academic gaps, but the essential needs our students and families need to help our students learn.


This year we will be implementing advisories five days out of the week. We will support our student socio-emotional well being as we want them to start the day with a positive mind set. Each advisory teacher will be their advocate with academic needs, social needs, social pressures, and appropriate behavior. Some, not all, discipline referrals will be addressed in these advisories to problem solve and find solutions or coping mechanisms that a student can use if they find themselves in a similar situation.


We want our students to be able to problem solve and make the correct and positive choices while taking responsibility for their own actions. We believe in our students and we believe in our community. We have resources here that I hope all community members take advantage of to assist them and their family.


This agenda is provided specifically to help the students as well as the parents with daily, weekly, and monthly planning. Included in this agenda are important dates through out the school year. It also includes the high expectations of Kennedy Middle School. Students will use this agenda for their hall passes, which will be signed by an adult supervisor. This agenda is also a means of communication to ensure the success of the student by allowing the parent to communicate through the parent communication piece of this agenda. It can also be used for Cornell Note taking as, templates of the format, is provided in the back of this agenda.


I wish you all a great school year Sincerely,

Edward E Bortot KMS Principal

Thank You Blue Sky Grant for allowing us to reward our students for their academic growth


Assistant Principal Anthony Carrillo

Mr. Carrillo


Dear Kennedy Community,


My name is Anthony Carrillo, and I am excited to continue working at Kennedy MS as the Assistant Principal. I started here 2 ½ years ago, after working at Manzano HS for 16 ½ years as an assistant principal. I previously taught middle school PE and Health for ten years and also taught at Albuquerque HS for three years.


Kennedy MS is a special place for me as I attended Kennedy starting in 1971 when Kennedy was then a Junior High, and had grades 7,8, and 9. The school colors used to be Orange and White, there was only one gym, and football practice took place on the dirt field as there would be no grass on the fields until years later. A lot has changed but I can honestly say that I really care about this school and our community, and I continue to live in our community.


I am excited to work with the wonderful staff that we have in place. The support our teachers give to our students is constantly improving to understand and meet the needs for all students. The focus on building positive relationships and the implementation of daily advisories are just two more opportunities for staff and students to connect at Kennedy MS.


This year we will also have a full-time Dean of Students, and an Administrative 

Intern for the second semester, which will support our efforts to give our students the best. What I ask from our parents and guardians is to support your students by getting them to school daily and making sure they turn in their assignments, on time and complete. In my 33 years working with kids, I have never seen a middle or a high school student receive a grade lower than a C when they turned in their work complete and on time. NO ZEROs!


I believe in your children and hope that I can help them believe in themselves and get them ready for high school. Let’s have a great and successful school year.


Go Cougars,


Anthony “Tony” Carrillo

Assistant Principal

Kennedy Student: 1971-1974