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Valarie Apodaca

Our responsibility is to ensure that we shape students into confident, capable, empathetic citizens who make positive, lasting impacts in our school, community and world. Nina Mustangs take academic risks, explore, create, collaborate and develop resilience and are equipped to be current and future stewards, leaders and entrepreneurs.

We offer many programs, including the “Early Readers” for K to 2nd-grade students to work on specific reading skills with our teaching staff and trained volunteers, the Mustang Academy, a 21st Century Community Learning Center that provides academics, enrichment and dinner, and Cooking with Kids, which educates and empowers children and families to make healthy food choices.

  • Principal Valarie Apodaca


Shantel Dixon

Nina Otero is a recipient of a Public Education Department community schools grant to implement the Community Schools Act of 2019. In addition, the school partners with Communities in Schools to provide extra support around the community schools’ strategy.

- Assistant Principal Shantel Dixon