Teacher Jesus Trujillo resurrected the agriculture education program at Hagerman High School in Hagerman and has developed it into one of the top five programs of its kind in the state. Teaching more than vocational agriculture, Trujillo incorporates math competencies into his data-driven, research-based instruction and begins every lesson with a math application. He has also improved his students' language arts skills and achievement by discussing idioms and word origins, requiring students to maintain a journal and having them write essays about how morals and values affect their lives. A role model for professionalism, Trujillo inspires students to dress and act in a professional manner. He is coach of the school's Future Farmers of America (FFA) Team, and has led his students to victory at local, state and national FFA competitions. Trujillo is past president of the state FFA organization, currently serves on an FFA advisory committee at the national level, and played an instrumental role in working with legislators at the state level to fund agricultural positions at New Mexico State College.
1999 New Mexico State University, B.S.