Equity, Excellence and Relevance
The New Mexico Public Education Department partners with educators, communities, and families to ensure that ALL students are healthy, secure in their identity, and holistically prepared for college, career, and life.
Rooted in Our Strengths
Students in New Mexico are engaged in a culturally and linguistically responsive educational system that meets the social, emotional, and academic needs of ALL students.
PED’s Entry and Learning Plan defines goals for the future of New Mexico education and the New Mexico Public Education Department.
Interim Secretary of Education
Mariana Padilla, interim education secretary, has served as director of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Children’s Cabinet since 2019. Mariana has taught elementary school in the Albuquerque Public Schools. With a graduate degree in community planning, she headed Lujan Grisham’s New Mexico congressional office for six years. She is the mother of three girls. She grew up in the South Valley of Albuquerque, where her parents — both schoolteachers — still live.
Vickie C. Bannerman, Ed.D.
Deputy Secretary of Identity, Equity, and Transformation
Dr. Vickie C. Bannerman is a deputy cabinet secretary at the Public Education Department. In this role, Dr. Bannerman informs policy, initiatives, and programs agency-wide in areas regarding diversity, equity, inclusion and transformational change. Before joining the Public Education Department, she served as the principal at Volcano Vista High School and Wilson Middle School. Before moving to New Mexico, she was the Director of Graduate Programs for the University of Oklahoma campuses located in the England. Prior to her time in Europe, she worked in secondary and university level teaching and administration in service for students, staff, and communities in North Carolina, Arizona, and Georgia.
Dr. Bannerman has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in African and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a Masters level degree in Educational Leadership and Administration and a Doctor of Education with a concentration in Educational Administration from the University of Phoenix and also participated in post graduate studies at North Carolina Central University. She has a husband and two children.
Jacquelyn Archuleta-Staehlin is a deputy cabinet secretary at the Public Education Department. As part of her role, she oversees the action plan related to the Martinez/Yazzie Consolidated Lawsuit, which creates an equitable system of supports for students, especially those who are English learners, Native Americans, have an Individualized Education Program and/or are socio-economically disadvantaged.
Before joining PED, Jacquelyn was a law partner with the Cuddy & McCarthy law firm for nearly 30 years, primarily practicing education law that included disability-related cases.
The native New Mexican served as the Women’s Bar Association president, a member of the Board of Bar Commissioners and as president of the Santa Fe-based Board of Girls, Inc. A product of Santa Fe Public Schools, she graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s in speech pathology and from the University of New Mexico with a Juris Doctorate. Jacquelyn’s son and three granddaughters live in Japan.
Jacqueline Costales, Ed.S.
Deputy Secretary of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (Interim)
Jacqueline Costales currently serves as Interim Deputy Secretary at the New Mexico Public Education Department. She oversees Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, including the Division of Curriculum and Instruction, the Division of Assessment and Learning Management, and the Division of Educator Quality and Ethics, where she collaborates with many dedicated and incredible PED team members.
Jacqueline is a 29-year veteran educator whose career has included serving PreK-12 as a teacher and administrator. Previously, she served as principal at the secondary school level (high school/middle school) as well as at the elementary level, as executive director for curriculum and instruction at the district level, and as division director of curriculum and instruction at the PED. In addition to her most recent roles, she has served students, families, teachers, and principals as a principal support specialist, science curriculum coordinator, and she has specialized training in the teaching of reading. She has also served as a formal mentor and coach to principals, capitalizing on her national certification as a K-12 principal mentor from the National Association of Elementary School Principals. She believes in collaborative synergy, and she serves in partnership with an array of stakeholders in her daily work. Jacqueline is steadfast in her commitment to students and educators and in supporting the success of academic programming in her daily life as an educator.
She has an Ed.S. in Educational Administration and a MS and BS in Elementary Education, all from the University of New Mexico. She also graduated from the National Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents Leadership Academy. Jacqueline is a lifelong resident of New Mexico, where she resides with her husband. She has children and a grandchild.
Seana currently serves as the Interim Managing Director at the New Mexico Public Education Department. She oversees the Office of the Secretary, Communications, Strategic Outreach, and the agency’s Human Resources department.
Before joining the Public Education Department, Seana was a middle school educational assistant and teacher in Vermont. She also worked in retail leadership and training from multiple companies, including Apple. Seana came to New Mexico to continue her education but after she joined the Public Education Department’s Educator Quality Division and decided that the job was education enough. Seana has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and English from Trinity College of Vermont. She comes from a family of educators, including both of her grandmothers as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins. Seana is a proud dog mom to two cocker spaniels and is a daughter, sister, and an auntie to three nephews and a niece.