Mr. Daniel P. Benavidez comes to Central Consolidated School District as the new Superintendent from Zuni Public School District in Zuni, New Mexico holding the same position there. Prior to his superintendency at ZPSD, Mr. Benavidez was the Director of Tierra Encantada Charter School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Benavidez also was an Educational Administrator at the New Mexico Public Education Department in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the federal programs unit (Title I).
Before jumping into administration, Mr. Benavidez went back to his hometown in Pecos, New Mexico, and was a Social Studies teacher and coach at Pecos Middle School. He has also been an interim head girls’ 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 Secondary Education and Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership. He is a dedicated and lifelong Lobo. Prior to getting his degrees, Mr. Benavidez served his country by enlisting in the United States Army for active duty as a Military Policeman. While serving his enlistment in Germany, his company was selected to be a detachment to the First Cavalry Division out of Ft. Hood, Texas, and later sent to combat for the Persian Gulf War.
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 24 years and has two sons. Both are currently attending the University of New Mexico where one will graduate with his bachelor's degree in the spring of 2021 and the other is a sophomore. He is a dedicated dad, husband, hunter, fisherman, and believes that education is the key to a healthy and safe life.