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Jennifer Guy, Assistant Superintendent

Jennifer Guy, Superintendent

Jennifer Guy is the superintendent for Los Alamos Public Schools. She has worked in education in New Mexico for the past 32 years. Mrs. Guy has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from New Mexico State University, a Master’s degree in Pedagogy and Learning with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration, both from Eastern New Mexico University. She has worked in districts around the state in different grade levels and in a variety of educational roles, including teaching at Piñon Elementary in White Rock, and as the Principal at Mountain Elementary in Los Alamos. She has most recently served in district leadership roles as the Assistant Superintendent , Interim Superintendent, and is currently the Acting Superintendent. 

Mrs. Guy is passionate about teaching and learning. She believes that the Los Alamos Public Schools can create a high quality learning environment and support system where every student can find success and thrive. She has worked as a mentor for teachers and principals in the district and around the state for many years. She is committed to supporting teachers, students, and families in the district. 

Jennifer and her husband John moved to Los Alamos 18 years ago with their three boys. John grew up in Los Alamos, and they have been honored to have the opportunity to raise their family in Los Alamos.

J. Carter Payne,  Assistant Superintendent

J. Carter Payne, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, has worked in the field of education for more than two decades. A fourth generation New Mexican, he came to Los Alamos in 2010 to teach Physics. With a background teaching subjects ranging from 7th grade Science to AP Biology and Anatomy and Physiology, Mr. Payne is passionate about supporting the magic that happens between students and teachers.

Mr. Payne has served in school administration for more than a decade, most recently for six years as the Principal at Los Alamos High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with Minors in Biochemistry and Spanish as well as a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction, both from New Mexico State University. He and his wife Jennifer have an adult son and a daughter who is an elementary school student in the Los Alamos Public Schools.

Mike Johnson,        Assistant Superintendent

Michael (Mike) Madrid Johnson is the Assistant Superintendent for Safety and Operations for Los Alamos Public Schools. He has worked as an educational administrator for over 17 years in the United States, Russia and Paraguay. He has Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies from the University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and Master’s degree from the College of Santa Fe, and an Ed.S in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D in Human Capital Development.  Mr. Johnson has worked as a principal at middle school and high school levels, as an executive director for education programs in the Russian closed cities, and as a secondary director for the American School of Asunción.

Mr. Johnson is a native Northern New Mexican with family roots dating back to the 2nd Spanish settlement of New Mexico in 1600.  Public service is something that runs in his family. His great-grandfather was the 2nd governor of New Mexico and the first hispanic governor of the United States. His maternal grandparents moved to Los Alamos in the early 1950s when it was still a closed city. They always stated that Los Alamos was one of the best places they ever lived due to the strong sense of community they experienced. His wife Carrie, who teaches in the district and their two children are graduates of Los Alamos High School. Mr. Johnson is looking forward to focusing his efforts on supporting safe and efficient operations for the district that optimize learning environments for staff and students.