Kevin Otero

Program Director

Ways to Connect

Season 1 host, Mark Goodrum looks back on his experience hosting the first year of the APS Open Book Podcast and has the opportunity to ask questions of the APS Communications Department.

Multiplayer video game competition is now a state-approved activity and alternative to traditional sports for APS students.  What types of video games are used?  What are the rules?  What does a tournament look like?  Listen to hear all about eSports on episode 12 of the APS Open Book Podcast.

The Jobs for American Graduates program has helped millions of students nationwide stay in school through graduation, pursue postsecondary education,  and secure successful career opportunities.  How is the JAG program implemented at APS?  Listen to episode 11 of the APS Open Book Podcast.

Track, football, basketball, cheerleading, and now, e-sports - there are numerous athletics opportunities available to APS students.  What are the benefits of participating in sports?  Listen to episode 10 of the APS Open Book Podcast as Mark Goodrum discusses school sports with the APS Athletic Director and a multi-sports coach at Manzano High School. 

What's on the ballot in the upcoming APS Bond and Mill Levy election?  Will taxes increase?  Listen to episode 9 of the APS Open Book Podcast as Mark Goodrum discusses the election with APS' Chief Operations Officer, a high school teacher, and a charter school principal.

What makes a good teacher?  How do teachers improve themselves?  Listen to episode 8 of the APS Open Book Podcast as Mark Goodrum discusses the art of teaching with a UNM professor in the Department of Teacher Education and an ECademy ConnectED teacher at APS' Eldorado High School.

APS submitted nearly 800 water samples form 69 schools built before 1990 to proactively check on potential lead levels.  What were the results?  How is APS addressing any risk?  Listen to Episode 7 of the APS Open Book Podcast.

Will the addition of 10 extra days to the school year improve student learning?  Join Mark Goodrum for an interesting discussion about the benefits and impact of an extended school year.

From APS graduation to successful careers in Albuquerque, it's homecoming on the next APS Open Book Podcast.  Join Mark Goodrum for an interesting interview with two former APS students who discuss the impact of their APS education on their current occupations.

Chorus, band, orchestra, drama, mariachi, art, and even steel drums - the fine arts in the Albuquerque Public Schools are reaching all students from elementary to high school.  Join Mark Goodrum as he speaks with APS students and their teachers about the importance of a fine arts education.

What is the state of safety in the Albuquerque Public Schools?  Eighty thousand students and 14,000 employees depend on their expert security decisions in our schools.  Listen to Episode 3 as Mark Goodrum sits down with APS Chief Operations Officer, Scott Elder and APS Chief of Police, Steven Gallegos for a deep look at school safety procedures and protection of our public schools.


She is one of New Mexico's most influential educational leaders and has what many would consider one of the toughest jobs in America.  So, what keeps APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy up at night?  What does she have to say to all those critics?  Mark Goodrum sits down with the Superintendent for a candid  and sometimes surprising conversation.

Episode 1 tackles the the gut-wrenching suicide reality in New Mexico.  A teacher, crisis outreach counseler and student talk candidly about what it's like to know someone contemplating suicide, the immediate actions necessary to save a life and the exasperating frequency APS students deal with the threat.