New Teacher/Educator Orientation 2024! Donations Needed!

New Teacher/Educator Orientation at Berna Facio PD Center!

It’s that time of year again! New Teacher Orientation will take place 8am-12:00pm on Wednesday, July 31st at Berna Facio Professional Development Center (3315 Louisiana Blvd. NE). Your union and district are thrilled to host this event!

Every year, the Albuquerque Teachers Federation (ATF) and APS welcome new educators to our district by offering pertinent professional development courses to help you start your year off right. New educators also have the opportunity to “shop” our Educator’s Emporium for gently-used resources to set up their classrooms.

At this event, you will:

  • Learn about your union and your rights as an APS employee.
  • Take practical classes taught by experienced educators to get your year off to a great start!
  • Learn more about the APS/ATF mentor program for new educators!
  • Meet your Superintendent, Dr. Gabriella Blakey, and your Union President, Dr. Ellen Bernstein.
  • After 12pm, “shop” at the ATF Educators’ Emporium for FREE teaching & classroom materials donated by veteran educators! We collect high-quality materials from retirees and folks who’ve cleaned out their classrooms and make them available for our new educators. See our call for donations below!
  • Be eligible to win gift cards and prizes donated by local businesses.
  • Eat snacks and drink local coffee.

If you are an APS educator in your 1st or 2nd year working in our public schools, sign up for New Teacher Orientation by calling the ATF Office at 262-2657, sending an email to, or signing up here.

If you’re an ATF member who would like to volunteer to help us with New Teacher Orientation, please sign up here. We will provide lunch for volunteers.

Your union, the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, is dedicated to advancing the education profession and fighting for our public schools. Be a part of making APS a great place to work and learn. JOIN YOUR UNION TODAY!

See you at the New Teacher Orientation!

Educator’s Emporium Drop-Off Dates

The ATF Organizing Team is glad to accept up-to-date, high-quality teaching materials like books and classroom supplies to share with newly-hired educators.

Please do not donate

  • copies
  • district-provided materials
  • materials that are outdated (published earlier than 2014)
  • posters
  • trash
  • used markers

We have set up collection dates for the summer at the ATF Office (530 Jefferson St. NE). Just follow the signs to donate on these dates:

  • Tuesday, June 11
  • Tuesday, June 25
  • Tuesday, July 9
  • Tuesday, July 23

We will accept contributions 9-11 a.m on each of these days.

If you have questions about donating, please email them to



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