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Staff, Community and Curriculum

With a caring staff, an outstanding curriculum, and a vibrant school community, NMCA provides high-quality online learning in New Mexico.

Administration and Staff

School Principal Athena M. Trujillo leads a dedicated staff that includes:

  • New Mexico licensed and properly endorsed teachers.
  • New Mexico licensed school administrators. 
  • Talented support staff.
Meet Athena M. Trujillo, NMCA Principal
NMCA Principal Athleta Trujillo

Athena M. Trujillo is a New Mexico public school administrator. She has served in this capacity at all building levels for the last ten years.

Athena has served the students of New Mexico for the last twenty years as both a general education and special education teacher/administrator and has served as a Director of Special Education.

She has also spent several years teaching in Texas and holds a lifetime educational license in this state. Athena has also worked for the New Mexico Activities Association and as a rape crisis counselor in Chicago, Illinois.

Athena believes that every child can and has the right to learn. She has a commitment to her students and a passion for education. New Mexico Connections Academy is an exciting new platform to help ALL students access this right. Athena is married to a fellow educator and coach. She has three sons and six BEAUTIFUL grandchildren.


  • M.Ed., Multicultural Special Education and Leadership license, College of Santa Fe
  • B.A., Elementary Education and Sociology, Westmar College


New Mexico Connections Academy isn't simply an online school. It’s a supportive community of:

  • Students of varying backgrounds, strengths, and challenges.
  • Parents and Learning Coaches dedicated to their students’ education.
  • Teachers with years of experience helping each student to reach his or her full potential.


The NMCA curriculum is designed by national education experts and customized to meet state standards. Bringing together the best in print and online resources with Connections Academy proprietary instructional tools, the NMCA curriculum is designed to engage students of every level. Our goal is simple: To ensure that all students have the resources they need to succeed.

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