Dr. Karen Trujillo was named as the Interim Superintendent of Las Cruces Public Schools on August 23, 2019. Dr. Trujillo started her teaching career in Las Cruces in 1993 after receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics education from NMSU. After teaching math at Las Cruces High School for 2 years, she returned to NMSU for school. In 1997, she started teaching GRADS and Social Studies at Cobre High School. She was also a RETA Coordinator in the Bootheel region through WNMU. She received her Ph.D. in 1998 and moved to Truth or Consequences in 2000. She taught math at Hot Springs High School for three years and continued working at NMSU with the RETA program and eventually Mathatically Connected Communities (MC2). In 2004, she returned to Las Cruces with her family. She served as the administrator at Las Cruces Catholic School from 2006 to 2010. In 2010 she worked at Alma D’Arte and NMSU. From 2010 to 2018, she worked at NMSU in various capacities, teaching courses, working with educators, writing grants and conducting research. During that time she started Educators Rising NM and the Southwest Outreach Academic Research Lab and served as the Interim Dean for Research. In 2019, she served as the New Mexico Secretary of Public Education for 6 months. She will become the Interim Superintendent for the Las Cruces Public School District from September 10, 2019 and serve to June 30, 2020. She hopes to receive a more permanent appointment in the spring.