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.
Secretary Kurt Steinhaus’ Entry and Learning Plan defines his approach and goals for the future of New Mexico education and the New Mexico Public Education Department.
Kurt Steinhaus was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and has dedicated his career to education and advocating for the diverse population of New Mexico students. Dr. Steinhaus currently serves as Secretary of Education for New Mexico. His Bachelor’s degree is in music education. He has two Masters Degrees, a Master of Arts in Music and a more recent Master of Science in Educational Technology from the University of Oregon. His Doctorate, from the University of New Mexico, is in Educational Leadership and Organizational Learning.
His prior appointment was Superintendent of the Los Alamos Public Schools. He has also served as director of student programs, education, workforce development, scholarships, and community giving at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Steinhaus has also served as New Mexico Deputy Secretary of Education, PreK Czar and Education Policy Advisory for Governor Bill Richardson. Kurt and his wife Jo Beth are fortunate to have wonderful children and several grand-dogs. Daughter Valerie is a software engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Their son Kent, married to Katy, is a hydrology engineer in Colorado, and Katy is an electrical engineer.
Angelo J. Gonzales, Ph.D. is Interim Deputy Secretary for School Transformation and Innovation at the New Mexico Public Education Department. As a member of the agency’s Executive Cabinet, he oversees agency strategy; research, evaluation, and accountability; information technology; extended learning and community schools; priority schools; college and career readiness; and options for parents and families/charter schools.
Previously, Dr. Gonzales owned AJG Consulting LLC, where he specialized in helping social sector organizations develop the capacity to achieve better outcomes for children and families through a comprehensive suite of consulting services, including strategic planning, organizational development, public policy strategy and analysis, and applied social policy research. From 2013 to 2018, he served as the founding Executive Director of United Way of Central New Mexico’s (UWCNM) education initiative, known as Mission: Graduate, a cradle-to-career collective impact partnership designed to help more students graduate from high school, prepared for college, career, and life. In 2018, he was promoted to become UWCNM’s Chief Strategy Officer, an expanded role charged with overseeing Mission: Graduate, starting up a new family-focused strategic initiative known as Mission: Families, and managing the organization’s Community Impact Fund grant program. Dr. Gonzales has also worked as a Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the University of New Mexico Cradle to Career Policy Institute (formerly known as the Center for Education Policy Research), and he worked for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman for more than six years in both his Washington and Albuquerque offices.
Born and raised in New Mexico, Dr. Gonzales is a proud graduate of Del Norte High School in Albuquerque, and he holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in Chemistry from Pomona College. He is also currently serving a two-year term as a Children and Family Fellow with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Vickie C. Bannerman, Ed.D.
Deputy Secretary of Identity, Equity, and Transformation
Dr. Vickie C. Bannerman is the Public Education Department’s Deputy Secretary of Identity, Equity and Transformation. In this role, Dr. Bannerman informs policy, initiatives, and programs agency-wide in areas regarding diversity, equity, inclusion and transformational change. She also oversees and supports Options for Families/Charter Schools Division, Indian Education Division, Language and Culture Division and Special Education Division. Dr. Bannerman, in partnership with members of IET’s leadership team, also oversees improvement and implementation efforts focused on monitoring and implementation of the Indian Education Act, Hispanic Education Act, Bilingual Multicultural Education Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the recently signed into statue House Bill 43 Black Education Act.
Before joining the Public Education Department, Dr. Bannerman was 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, Dr. Bannerman 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. Dr. Bannerman has also participated in post graduate studies at North Carolina Central University.
Most importantly, Dr. Bannerman has a loving husband with whom she shares two beautiful children, a home filled with love and laughter, a faith that endures all things, and an unwavering spirit for service that is deeply rooted in cultural richness and advocacy.
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.
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 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.
On a personal note, Jacqueline is a lifelong resident of New Mexico, where she resides with her husband who shares with her a great love of their children and 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.
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.
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 eight years ago to continue her education. She joined the Public Education Department’s Educator Quality Division and decided that the job was education enough.
Seana is a proud dog mom to two cocker spaniels and is a daughter, sister, and, most importantly, an auntie to three nephews and a niece. She hails from Vermont, but is now proud to be a New Mexican.