New In Town: Eric Ahner

October 20, 2016 raguirre

Eric Ahner


Eric Ahner

Hailing From

Silver City, NM (by way of Connecticut and Indiana)

Education Matters

I’m the new principal at J. Paul Taylor Academy. This is my 24th year in education. I’m very passionate about what I do. I’d been working in private schools, and seven years ago, I started working at Aldo Leopold Charter School in Silver City. This new opportunity in Las Cruces allows me to expand my experience and work with elementary students. I’m a big fan of charter schools. It’s a unique sector of public schools that creates more opportunities for families. I believe everyone should have a choice in schools, not just those that can afford private school.

I was really drawn to the unique mission at J. Paul Taylor Academy. The curriculum is discovered through project based learning. Plus, as our Spanish Acquisition program continues to expand, it’s going to give our students the ability to connect better with our local bilingual and non-English speaking populations. Our world is evolving and it’s so important to help our students communicate in a modern world.

Living Like a Local

I live very close to the school. It’s a super nice, quiet neighborhood. It’s right near a park and I have access to the Farmers’ Market, the public library, shopping, and restaurants. It’s a welcome change from Silver City where we have great things, but it is more limited. There are some fantastic restaurants in Las Cruces and Mesilla. High Desert Brewing Co. has great green chile cheeseburgers and nachos.

I’ve heard good things about Nellie’s Café and am looking forward to trying it. Chope’s in La Mesa has amazing food. I never would have known to stop in, but someone recommended it. That was a nice find.

Split Plan Living

My daughter, Olivia, is a senior at Silver High and my wife, Tamera, has a job she loves at the hospital in Silver City, so we’re on the five day commute. Either they come here or I go back there on weekends.

When they are here, we absolutely love the Farmers Market. We’re really excited about the building projects going on Downtown. It really makes it a hub for our community and I can’t wait to see how it continues to develop. We also go to the movies—it’s nice to have different theater locations.

Las Cruces is positioned so well. It’s close to an airport and the mountains. We enjoy going out into the wilderness and we can do that easily from here. And the weather is great. Well, it has been brutally hot lately, but that just means we’re looking forward to being warmer than we’re used to in the winter.

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