Dr. Nimrah Marquez
I was born and raised in Valencia County, specifically in Bosque Farms, where I lived in Bosque Farms, Los Lunas, and Belen. I attended Los Lunas schools. After graduating from high school, I enrolled at UNM with the intention of pursuing a degree in the medical field. However, after two years, I realized that the medical field wasn’t the right path for me, so I switched my major to education.
I taught at Katherine Gallegos Elementary and Ann Parish Elementary for a total of 12 years. During this period, I completed my master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies through UTA.
After my time at Ann Parish, I took on the role of assistant principal at Sarracino Middle School in Socorro. I also served as the principal overseeing the middle and elementary schools in Laguna, NM. In 2022, I had the fortunate opportunity to work once again in Los Lunas as a Learning Innovation Coach at Los Lunas High School. In May of 2023, I earned my Ph.D. in education with a concentration in organizational leadership. In addition to my career in education, I have taught dance and Jazzercise for a local studio for the past 11 years.
Throughout all of that, I raised two amazing humans whom I will forever refer to as my babies, even though they are 24 and 26!
I was raised in Laguna Pueblo and attended the University of New Mexico where I received a BA in History. I then attended Arizona State University for graduate school with the intention of becoming a university professor. My first secondary teaching job was at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community as a Jr. High Native Studies teacher. I fell in love with the students and it changed my career path.
I returned home to raise my three children and began to teach special education, becoming certified in math, at Laguna Middle School. I spent a total of 22 years in the classroom, teaching all levels of math 6-12, New Mexico History, U.S. History, APUSH, APGOV, Digital Storytelling and Yearbook. My last 8 years of classroom teaching were at my alma mater, Laguna Acoma High School. I completed the New Mexico Public Education Department Administrator Leadership Development program in Spring 2020. Prior to joining the administrative team at Los Lunas Middle School, I served for two years as the Student Services Director at the Laguna Department of Education.
Jarrod Storey is a proud graduate of Valencia High School Class of 2012. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico in December 2016. He began his teaching career at Valencia Middle School in August of 2016, and stayed at VMS until June 2020. He taught US History, NM History, and Physical Education in his time there. He also served as the head baseball and football coach. He then moved over to LLMS where he spent 2 years teaching US History and coaching baseball. During this time Mr. Storey completed his Master of Science Degree in Sports Administration and Educational Leadership from Eastern NM University, graduating in December 2020.
In July 2022, Mr. Storey ventured outside of Los Lunas Schools and took the Athletic Director position for the Socorro Consolidated Schools. He over saw the athletic departments at SHS and SMS, he also served as the interim varsity girls basketball coach where he led the team to a district championship and earned coach of the year honors for the district. He also earned the NMAA’s NMADA Rookie AD of the Year Award for 22-23. In July 2023, he decided it was best for him and his family to be closer to home, which led to him taking the Assistant Principal position at LLMS.
Outside of work Mr. Storey serves as a NCAA Division 2 football official in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, as well as a NMAA high school basketball and football official. He enjoys video gaming, watching sports, and spending time with his wife and daughter, which are his pride and joys.