Superintendents' Environmental Education Collaborative

Daniel Benavidez

Zuni public School District Zuni Public School District Zuni NM 87327 505-782-5511

Daniel P. Benavidez
Superintendent

Mr. Benavidez comes to Zuni Public School District (ZPSD) from Tierra Encantada Charter School in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he served the Director for almost six years.
 
Prior to being the charter school's director, he worked for New Mexico Public Education Department in Santa Fe where he was an Education Administrator for the Title I unit for nearly seven years.
 
Before jumping into administration, Mr. Benavidez was a history teacher and coach at Pecos Middle School for five and half years. His own athletic experiences allowed him lead students as interim head girl’s basketball coach, boys' and girls’ middle school cross-country and track coach, and middle school boys’ basketball coach. Mr. Benavidez attended the University of New Mexico where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education and Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership.  
 
Mr. Benavidez also served his country by enlisting in the United States Army for active duty. During the Persian Gulf War Mr. Benavidez was a Military Policeman.  Fundamentally, Mr. Benavidez believes that every student is entitled to an excellent free public education. He has been married to his wife Alicia for over 22 years and has two boys.  One will be graduating from the Zuni Public School District in May of 2019 and one that graduated from Zuni Public School District and currently is attending the University of New Mexico.