FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Local Educator Tapped to Lead Transform Education NM, the Coalition Working to Realize Court Orders from the Yazzie/Martinez Consolidated Lawsuit

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO – Transform Education New Mexico (TENM), the coalition of education, tribal and community leaders advancing a new vision for our public education system in New Mexico, is elated to announce that Loretta Trujillo has assumed the role of Executive Director. 

Having dedicated her life to education, Trujillo brings two decades of classroom experience and more recently, an administrative background working as part of the Indigenous Education Initiative. 

I am excited to continue to do what I love – helping young people to realize their own potential,” said Trujillo. “I’m also honored to assume this role at such a critical time for public education and education equity in the state, leaning into my expertise in culturally responsive teaching and pedagogy, grassroots community building and a deep sense of pride in being Nuevo Mejicana.

The landmark 2018 Yazzie/Martinez lawsuit identified four student groups whose constitutional rights to a sufficient, equitable education were being violated – Native American students, English language learners, students with disabilities, and low-income students.

Immediately prior to joining TENM, Trujillo worked directly with Indigenous youth, Indigenous scholars, artists, and district leaders, to build out a STEAM Initiative in Santa Fe Public Schools that centered the Arts in serving students’ curiosity around careers in design and technology fields. 

As a Site Coordinator and Elective Teacher with the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program, Trujillo supported students in raising over $500,000 in scholarships, ensuring the success of her students who have gone on to pursue a range of exciting careers.