ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has named her new choice for the state’s public education department.
Ryan Stewart has worked as an educator and reformer in both California and Pennsylvania. He says he took the job in New Mexico because of the obvious effort to improve education.
“Where I care deeply and passionately is for kids who traditionally the system hasn’t served well. That’s what drew me here and I’m excited to get going,” Stewart said.
Stewart says as an out of state hire, he understands he’ll need to work to earn the trust of all New Mexicans. The teacher’s union responded positively to his nomination.
Stewart’s appointment still needs to be confirmed by the State Senate. The hire comes less than a month after the governor fired Stewart’s predecessor, Karen Trujillo.