Claudette Trujillo, Principal, Metropolitan Arts Academy, Westminster Public Schools, Westminster, CO
With a passion for equity and dedication to competency-based education, Claudette Trujillo has developed her career spanning 23 years in the field of education. Currently serving as the Principal of Metropolitan Arts Academy, a PK-8 Arts innovation school in Westminster Public Schools, Colorado, she brings a wealth of experience in competency-based systems, with 15 years dedicated to this innovative approach.
Under Claudette’s leadership, the school became the second school in the nation to receive Level 5 High Reliability School Certification through Marzano Resources. This recognition highlights the school’s commitment to excellence and its unwavering dedication to student success in a competency-based system. Throughout her career, Claudette has served her community in various capacities, including administrator, middle school and alternative high school teacher, and instructional coach. As a competency-based parent and grandparent herself, she understands the importance of personalized learning and is deeply invested in creating an inclusive educational environment. Claudette’s deep connection to her work is evident in the fact that her grandchildren attend Metropolitan Arts Academy. Having grown up in Westminster, she feels a strong sense of belonging and is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community where she was once a student.
She has enjoyed collaborating with committees, advisory groups, and contributing to numerous publications through the Aurora Institute and Competency Works. Claudette has also presented at national conferences and was an invited participant at the 2017 National Summit on Competency-Based Education. She has also facilitated professional development sessions with the Re-Inventing Schools Coalition in Maine. Her insights and experience have also been shared through a recent interview with “Get Smart.”