Jackie Trujillo brings a wealth of experience to La Paloma South. With a master’s degree in Bilingual/Multicultural education, experience as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher, and as Superintendent of Arizona Charter Schools, Ms. Trujillo has been involved in every aspect of school operation—including as Principal at La Paloma’s Central campus for seven years.
Ms. Trujillo is a truly hands-on leader with seemingly limitless energy and passion. Even while giving her all as an educator and mother of six, Ms. Trujillo still finds time to give back to the community by volunteering for Angel Charity, Hope Fest and Ben’s Bells, always passionate about helping others triumph over adversity.
Mr. Kunkel grew up around educators and continues a long family tradition of being involved in education. After joining the military, Mr. Kunkel initially served in Combat Search and Rescue in Tucson, but was soon instructing USAF flight engineers.
After completing his military service, Mr. Kunkel continued to pursue a career in education and teaching, working for La Paloma Academy Charter Schools in 2010 as a substitute teacher. Upon graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Tucson, he began teaching full time.
Mr. Kunkel has taught 3rd and 5th grade as well as Jr. High math. In 2014, he started working in the Title I program and became a coordinator at La Paloma’s South Campus where he led a small team.
Always looking to expand opportunities for leadership, Mr. Kunkel hopes to use his role as Vice Principal at La Paloma South to help and inspire others to achieve educational success, whether they are teachers, students, or families.