Eduardo B. Soto, Senior Associate, National School Reform, focuses on supporting district and school turnaround efforts, principal mentoring, special education reform, and professional development on new district and state accountability systems. Mr. Soto launched the local affiliate, Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) de Nuevo Mexico, after the national ALAS organization was founded in 2003. Mr. Soto held many educator positions throughout his 35-year career with Albuquerque Public Schools in New Mexico, including as an ESL, bilingual social studies, and special education teacher, an assistant principal, and principal. As principal of Rio Grande High School, he was instrumental in issuing some of the first bilingual/bi-literacy seals in the state of New Mexico. In 2007, he was named the associate superintendent for secondary education with the district and held the position until his retirement in 2014. In recognition of his efforts and dedication to the educational community, Mr. Soto has been recognized as Special Education Administrator of the Year by Albuquerque Public Schools, Outstanding Educator of the year by ALAS, and, most recently by ALAS with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.