Valerie Trujillo is the Executive Director of the Northwest Regional Education Cooperative #2 (NWREC#2) and a volunteer coach for the Taos High School Varsity Cheer Team. Mrs. Trujillo also currently serves as a board member/legislative representative for the New Mexico Council of Administrators of Special Education (NMCASE). Mrs. Trujillo was selected as New Mexico Principal Of The Year and represented our State in Washington, D.C. in 2014. In 2016, Trujillo received the Woman of Distinction Award. The Taos News honored Trujillo in its publication of Taos Woman.
Mrs. Trujillo is a 1993 alumni from Taos High School where she graduated with honors. She went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from New Mexico Highlands University. In 2008, she received her Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from the University of New Mexico.
This is Mrs. Trujillo’s 24th year in education. Mrs. Trujillo began her career in education by teaching at Casa de Corazón, an all-girls group home in Taos. She then taught at Taos Middle School for five years and also coached the Taos High School Varsity Dance Team and Taos Middle School Track Team. She then moved to Santa Fe where she lived for nine years. She taught at Agua Fria Elementary School and Pinon Elementary School. She then later worked as the Assistant Principal at Capshaw Middle School. She then moved to Questa where she lived for seven years. Mrs. Trujillo was the Highschool Principal and Athletic Director for Questa Schools for 4 years and then became the Superintendent for Questa Schools for 3 years.
There are 10 regional education cooperatives located throughout New Mexico, supporting 69 rural school districts, charter schools, and state-supported schools. RECs also work directly with the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) on state-wide projects and initiatives through Intergovernmental Agreements. The NWREC#2 provides technical assistance and professional development to their member districts. They assist in Child Find Services, Common Core Support, MLSS/SAT support, SDAA Monitoring, IDEA B Application Assistance, Transportation Training, PBIS Trainings/Coaching, District Strategic Planning Assistance, Mentorship Program, Substitute Training, Teacher Observation Calibration, etc. The NWREC#2 also oversees the Title III Consortium, North Central Consortium and CTE/Work Base Learning Consortium for their region.
In Mrs. Trujillo’s spare time, she enjoys baking and cooking. She is known for her lemon bars and other yummy treats. Mrs. Trujillo also enjoys camping, fishing, painting and hanging out with her grandchildren.
Mrs. Trujillo loves to help others through her work in education. Her soft spot is teen parents because she was one herself.