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Crystal

Crystal Tapia-Romero is a proven early childhood education leader. As the founder of New Mexico Early Learning Academy, Crystal has more than 20 years of successful small business experience. Crystal has been a demonstrated leader in early childhood for her entire career, and now she is determined to take her successes to improve APS.

Meet

Crystal

Crystal Tapia-Romero is a proven early childhood education leader. As the founder of New Mexico Early Learning Academy, Crystal has more than 20 years of successful small business experience. Crystal has been a demonstrated leader in early childhood for her entire career, and now she is determined to take her successes to improve APS.

As the founder of New Mexico Early Learning Academy, Crystal has seen success from impressive quality ratings, staff retention, and consistent enrollment growth (more than 300% in under 6 months). Crystal is an advocate for early childhood education providers, families and children on a local, state and federal level. Crystal is currently the policy chair for the New Mexico Childcare & Education Association, and sits on the Early Learning Advisory Council to the Governor. In 2019, she was nominated for the ABQ Businesswoman Working with Children and Families Award.

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Crystal has a true passion to make an impact on children across the state, which is why she is running for school board. Crystal is a mother and her children have graduated APS. A lifelong Albuquerque resident, Crystal is a proud graduate of West Mesa High School and Albuquerque Public Schools. 

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