Ray Trejo

Assistant Superintendent
Deming Public Schools
New Mexico

Ray Trejo is the Assistant Superintendent of Deming Public Schools, a district that serves 5200 students located in Southwest New Mexico. Mr. Trejo has been with Deming Public Schools for the last 23 years as a bilingual teacher, an assistant principal, principal, Director of Transportation, and Director of Student Services.

He began his teaching career while working with Hands Across the Border, a teacher exchange program. This program enabled him as an undergraduate student to teach English as a Second Language, in the small pueblo of Las Palomas, Mexico while teaching in Deming. The experience became a game changer for him as he became greatly aware of the needs of children of poverty and transformed his future focus on education. The Deming Public School District has a 100% free and reduced lunch program, with an 84% Hispanic student population, 1700 of those students being identified as limited English proficient. There are approximately 800 students, grades PK-12, who cross the Mexican border daily to attend school.

As the Hofacket Mid High School principal, Mr. Trejo’s school was recognized by the New Mexico Department of Education and awarded $41,400.00 for the most improving school in the areas of academics and most notably language acquisition two consecutive years in a row. During his time as Transportation Director, he was awarded the New Mexico Department of Education’s Transportation Administrator of the year for his innovative vision, and leading the first district in the nation to pilot GPS’s on all of their districts school buses. He has been recognized at the national level for his development of a program called “Classroom on Wheels” which extended the classroom to the bus. Initially starting with placing books on the buses, he expanded the program by retrofitting buses with TV monitors so that students on their rural bus rides to-and-from school every day could watch videos that were both fun and educational, but more importantly gave those students an opportunity to improve their English language skills. This was especially important for those students who traveled over 60 miles round trip to and from the border every day. In 2010, with help from Homeland Security and New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman, Mr. Trejo secured a much needed area that was safe for staging hundreds of students along the Mexican border as they waited for their school buses. This was during the time that there was an upswing in violence in Mexico and along our borders. In 2011, Mr. Trejo was selected to be part of the first ever Aspiring Superintendents Academy offered by the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders. It was through his urging years earlier that this academy began and continues to be a vibrant program helping to prepare the next generation of school district leaders in our state.

Being selected to the ALAS SLA Superintendents Leadership Academy in 2013 -2014, has been one of his greatest honors. There, he was given the privilege of working alongside a very elite group of individuals led by Executive Director, Dr. David Verdugo. The opportunity gave him the knowledge, confidence and capacity to continue advocating for students while developing the leadership capacity for Latino leaders in his state. Mr. Trejo continues to be an advocate and role model for educators across the country.

Mr. Trejo earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education, a Masters of Arts in Teaching, with an emphasis in Bilingual Education and a second Masters of Arts in Ed Leadership all from Western New Mexico University.