LAS CRUCES – Along with several students and instructors from the district, Las Cruces Public Schools honored the late Superintendent Karen Trujillo with the New Mexico School Board Achievement Award, which is presented to honor students and staff who have improved achievement of students throughout the year.
Trujillo died after being struck by a vehicle on February 25. She had been LCPS superintendent for a year and a half before her sudden death. While at LCPS, she helped guide the district through a ransomware attack that crippled the district’s digital systems, and then through the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced public schools to close and move to distance learning on short notice.
Public Relations Coordinator Samantha Lewis held back tears as she described Trujillo’s dedication and contribution to the district.
“Dr. Trujillo was a lot of things to a lot of people,” Lewis said. “For Las Cruces, she was an educator… For the children of New Mexico, she was an activist. To the people of New Mexico, she was a shining example of what a public servant should be. At the heart of it all. what she did, Dr Trujillo was an advocate for students.
Trujillo’s husband, Ben Trujillo, and her daughter, Tavyn Trujillo, attended Tuesday’s meeting at the recently renamed Dr. Karen M. Trujillo administrative complex to accept her award.
Along with Trujillo, four students were awarded for the award of excellence.
Adelaide Olberding of Las Cruces High, Stephen Ewing of Las Cruces High, Lauren To of Arrowhead Park Early College High and Nyasia Lambert-White of Arrowhead Park Early College High were all honored for being leaders among their peers.
LCPS behavioral health providers were also honored as a group. Lewis mentioned that just over 100 counselors, school psychologists and social workers serve the more than 24,000 students in the district.