Associate Superintendent Dr. James Luján

Associate Superintendent Dr. James Lujan

Dr. James Luján

Associate Superintendent
for Teaching and Learning    

1300 Camino Sierra Vista
Santa Fe, NM 87505


James Lujan, Associate Superintendent for Santa Fe Public Schools, has been working in education for 25 years, beginning his career as a bilingual teacher and serving as principal for thirteen years at both the elementary and secondary levels. He currently supervises 7 schools in the district, including the departments of Student Wellness and Language & Culture. As principal in Albuquerque, Eugene Field Elementary & Ernie Pyle Middle Schools were recognized for its academic achievement and school improvements receiving State & National Recognition presented by the local school board and the Public Education Department. Dr. Luján holds a bachelor, masters, educational specialist and a doctorate degree from the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Luján desires to lead through example and believes that a true leader serves first. His work with PPE (Principal Pursuing Excellence) as a turnaround leader for the state, allows him to work with multiple districts in mentoring principals, while building a pipeline to sustain effective leaders for New Mexico. He believes there are effective leaders who influence others to follow and serve for a lifetime, while there are other leaders who manage and gain little. He also believes that learning and dreaming should never stop, no matter how great! He is excited to be part of the Santa Fe Public Schools and is always ready to serve the children of our state!


The Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning supports the following four departments to ensure the work is aligned to the school initiatives that support teaching and learning in schools:

Curriculum and Instruction
Student Health and Wellness
Exceptional Student Services

The Associate Superintendent provides leadership to the directors and oversees supervision of the department initiatives.


The Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning works collaboratively with the Directors of School Support and the Deputy Superintendent. The tasks include:

Supporting Schools via mentorihip and professional development
Evaluating delivery of strategies and programs
Monitoring implementation of curriculum and instruction
Ensuring compliance of policies and regulations
Aligning resources to support and heighten academic proficiency levels


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