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Jessica Montano

Jessica Montano

Interim Chief Academic Officer of Instruction, Accountability & Innovation

Curriculum and Instruction, Accountability and Assessment

Los Lunas Schools announced Jessica Montano as the Interim Chief Academic Officer in December 2023.  Jessica has been the Director of Secondary Learning Innovations for Los Lunas Schools for two and a half years. Prior to that, she was the Principal for Katherine Gallegos Elementary. She also previously served as Assistant Principal for Los Lunas Middle School and Valencia High School. Jessica was a secondary classroom teacher for 15 years before getting into administration and has served Los Lunas Schools for more than 23 years. She earned an administrative certification from ENMU, a masters in counseling from NMHU and bachelors in education from UNM. Jessica, her husband and her daughter are all Los Lunas High School graduates and her son is a proud Jaguar at VMS.

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Suzy Chavez

Director of Professional Learning Innovations

Suzy Chavez, is the Director of Professional Learning Innovations for Los Lunas Schools. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Eastern New Mexico University and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University.  A proud graduate of Los Lunas Schools, she has been serving Los Lunas Schools for 24 years. She was a teacher for the district for 17 years, a Professional Learning Coach for 2 years, and the Assistant Principal and Principal of Valencia Elementary for 4 years prior to becoming the Director of Professional Learning Innovations. Suzy oversees and supports professional development for the district as well as Title I and Title II Grants, and SAT.

Karla Dow

Director of Assessment and Data

Karla Dow, Director of Assessment Innovations and Accountability, has been an educator for 18 years. First as a classroom teacher with Belen Schools, then as an assistant principal and principal with Los Lunas Schools at Valencia Elementary. Karla has a BA in Advertising and Marketing, a BA in Spanish, Education Administration, and received her MBA in Education Leadership at the University of New Mexico as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow thru Anderson School of Management. Karla is an Apple Certified teacher, a member of the International Society for Technology in Education cohort, and a NM Public Education Department Thrive Performance Coach. Her responsibilities as director include assessments, Extended Learning Time programs, student transfer processes, PowerSchool Systems, registrations, state reporting, and performance coaching thru NM PED Thrive initiative. As part of the Learning Innovations team, Karla Dow also helps to plan professional development for Los Lunas Schools staff.


Katherine House

Director of Elementary Learning Innovations

Katherine House is the Director of Elementary Learning Innovations for Los Lunas Schools.  Prior to joining Los Lunas, Katherine served as a dual certified teacher, Special Education Instructional Leader, school site Assistant Principal, Principal and Principal Support Specialist between Rio Rancho and Albuquerque Public Schools. Additionally, Katherine has held adjunct faculty positions at both CNM and University or Phoenix within the MAED and Alternative Licensure Program.  Katherine is a NM Public Education Department Thrive Performance Coach.  Her responsibilities as Director of Elementary Learning Innovations include; elementary Career Awareness programs, elementary curriculum and materials, Fine Arts in Education Act Grant, District Literacy Plan, Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant, performance coaching and assisting the Learning Innovations team in developing and leading professional development.

Elena Trodden

Director of Language Innovations

Elena Trodden is currently the Director of Language Innovations for Los Lunas Schools. She oversees language programs, Title III, and Title IV grants. She is an Apple Teacher, member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Certified Educator cohort, and is a performance coach with the New Mexico Public Education Department for school site administrators. During her 25 years with Los Lunas Schools, she has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and has held various director positions. Elena has a B.S. in Elementary Education, a M.A. of Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Bilingual Education, and a M.Ed. in School Administration.