Dr. Karen Trujillo has been an educator in New Mexico for over 20 years. She received her B.S. (1992), M.S. (1993), and Ph.D. (1998) in mathematics education from New Mexico State University. She has served the students and teachers of the state as a teacher, an administrator, a professional development specialist and a researcher. She has taught at Las Cruces High School, Cobre High School, Hot Springs High School and Alma D’Arte. Dr. Trujillo was an administrator at Las Cruces Catholic School for four years before transitioning to New Mexico State University (NMSU) in 2010. For the past eight years, she has served in numerous capacities in NMSU’s College of Education. As Director of the Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, she established the first statewide career technical student organization for future teachers, Educators Rising. This organization is a “grow your own teachers” initiative that gives students an opportunity to engage in teaching while still in high school. When it began, there were only six schools engaged, and today, under Dr. Trujillo’s leadership, there are now over 40 schools and over 600 students in the program. Dr. Trujillo believes that in order to have a teaching force in New Mexico that is representative of our student population, we have to recruit from within and support candidates in high school, through college and into their first five years as teachers. In addition to Educators Rising, Dr. Trujillo established the Southwest Outreach Academic Research (SOAR) Lab to study the impact of professional development and student engagement programs in New Mexico. The SOAR Lab uses mixed methods to study how programs that serve students and teachers impact teacher practice and student learning. As Interim Associate Dean of Research in the College of Education, Dr. Trujillo worked with faculty to establish research partnerships and assisted with grant writing. In January of 2019, Dr. Trujillo was asked to serve as Secretary of Education by Governor Lujan Grisham. Her experience from Pre-K to higher education provides her with a unique perspective on education in New Mexico. Dr. Trujillo has been married to Ben Trujillo for 28 years. They have three children.
Kara Bobroff, M.A., Ed. S.
Kara Bobroff has been working in education for nearly 30 years, beginning her career as a special education teacher. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Native American Community Academy Inspired School Network in Albuquerque, which she founded. Deputy Secretary Bobroff previously served on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She holds a bachelor’s in special education, a master’s in special education, and an educational specialist degree from the University of New Mexico.
Katarina “Kata” Sandoval, M.A.
Kata Sandoval has worked in education for more than two decades, including more than 10 years as a classroom teacher. She recently served as the Senior Director of Academics and School Performance for the Native American Community Academy, implementing K-12 program development. Deputy Secretary Sandoval rose through the ranks to serve in administration, primarily with the state’s largest school district, Albuquerque Public Schools, including serving as Chief Academic Officer and Associate Superintendent. She brings experience in bilingual education and currently serves on the board of Dual Language Education of New Mexico. Deputy Secretary Sandoval holds a bachelor’s from Stanford University and a master’s in education from Harvard University.
Gwen Perea Warniment, Ph.D.
Gwen Perea Warniment has been working in education for nearly two decades. She has taught at schools in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Los Alamos, focusing on bilingual education. She recently served as K-12 Program Director for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, where she oversaw STEM education initiatives and development, in addition to advocacy and partnerships. Deputy Secretary Warniment’s work has had a particular focus on culturally sustainable STEAM education, innovative assessment, and multiliteracy. She holds a bachelor’s from the University of New Mexico, a master’s in curriculum and instruction and literacy from New Mexico Highlands University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University.
Timothy Hand, Ph.D.
Timothy Hand has served in various roles in education around the state, ranging from Upward Bound math and science teacher to serving as chief of staff, district statistician, and director of assessment, analysis and research for New Mexico’s second largest school district. Timothy also served as Deputy Director of the Legislative Education Study committee and as the senior institutional researcher for New Mexico State University but his most cherished role was 15 years as a high school coach. His experience in this role both teaching and learning from high school students in Las Cruces sets his vision and priorities squarely on a personalized, strengths-based approach to the development of the whole child. Dr. Hand holds a doctorate in educational leadership from New Mexico State University.
Chief of Staff
Daniel Manzano comes to the Public Education Department with over 18 years in public service. Prior to joining the department, Manzano held a Chief of Staff role at the Bernalillo County Assessor’s office. Prior to his role with Bernalillo County, Manzano served as the Policy Director for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where he represented 27 domestic violence shelters around the state. Manzano also held several posts in state government, including Director of Constituent Services for the Office of the Lt. Governor, the Leadership Analyst for the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate and Analyst for Senate Finance Committee.
Daniel was born and raised in New Mexico, and attended Silver Consolidated Public Schools. He has been married to his wife Alicia for 13 years, and has a daughter, Aliana. Daniel was on his way to becoming a licensed professional counselor in Albuquerque before taking this post and remains active in ministry at his church.