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Dear Parents/Guardians,

I feel truly BLESSED to be here at Sunset Elementary as your scholar's Principal! This is my fourth year here at Sunset.

In case you do not know me, please allow me to tell you a little about myself. This is my 18th year working with Carlsbad scholars. I have had the pleasure of working with students from 1st grade to seniors in high school! Before I came to Sunset, I was an Assistant Principal at Carlsbad High School and a teacher at Monterrey Elementary and Alta Vista Middle School. I have also worked with adult learners through Adult Basic Education at NMSU-C.

I have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in Bilingual Education, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction, with a minor in Educational Psychology & School Counseling, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, Management & Development. I hold a Level Three-A Instructional Leader License and a Level Three-B Pre K-12 Administrative License for the state of New Mexico.

My main objective is to support students, teachers, and parents to ensure student success and academic confidence that will benefit our scholars throughout their entire educational process. I will be continually working diligently with the fine families and staff of Sunset to make sure our scholars succeed.

Let’s have a GREAT school year! -Excellence Today, Opportunity Tomorrow!


Yolanda Carrasco Pirtle