Meet Our New Mexico Connections Academy School Leader

Ramoncita Arguello

Principal


Ramoncita Garcia

Ramoncita Arguello is the school leader at NMCA. She brings more than 20 years of academic experience to NMCA as both a teacher and an administrator. Ms. Arguello shares more about her academic career below:

"I joined NMCA two years ago. It was a big leap for me to leave the bricks-and-mortar world and switch to virtual learning. I was not sure what I was getting myself into, but I knew that I needed a change. When I was first interviewed by the Connections Academy staff, I told myself, “I can do this." Then the principal interviewed me and it felt like we were destined to work together—we had the same background and similar experiences in education. The NMCA team has worked hard over the years to make the school a great and beneficial option for students. As we move forward in this journey, I have the insight of where we have come from, what we have done, and where we are going. We are a strong administration team ready to lead NMCA to many more great accomplishments.

I have been in education for 22 years; 13 of those years were spent in Texas as general education and special elementary education teacher, and an elementary school assistant principal. Then, I moved back to my home state of New Mexico. I went back into the classroom to get a feel for the education standards of New Mexico, which were a big shock for me. I taught at Santa Fe Public Schools, Pecos Independent School, and Albuquerque Public Schools as a special education teacher. I then moved back into administration and became an assistant principal of the largest special education program in APS. Later, I joined NMCA as the manager of special education.

Along this educational journey, I raised two wonderful children who are now out in the world living their lives, Andrew (24) and Bryanna (20). I have two exceptional grandsons who I love to spend time with, Nathan (5) and Vicente (2)—they will always come first. I also have my husband Jessie; we have known each other since third grade and even went on a date in high school."

Education:

  • Master of arts, Educational leadership, University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  • Bachelor of arts, Humanities, University of Texas of the Permian Basin