Meet our team
Crystal Tapia-Romero | executive director
Crystal is the owner of New Mexico Early Learning Academy. With 20 years of experience, she has employed 130 staff and provided services to approximately 500 children. She has grown her business to 300% within the past 3 years, and it still continues to grow. She is an advocate for providers, families and children on a local, state and federal level. She is the policy chair for the New Mexico Childcare & Education Association and the Early Learning Advisory Council to the Governor. She has a true passion to make an impact on children across the state; not just in her programs. She is determined to increase the value and quality in childcare programs through her deep knowledge of the industry. In 2019, she was nominated for the ABQ Businesswoman Working with Children and Families Award.
Tina Martinez | director
Tina has worked in child care for five years. The moment she entered the field, she knew it was her passion. She immediately went to school and earned her AA in early childhood, and now she is working toward her BA. Tina wants to make a difference in the lives of children in New Mexico, and she knows that the early years of a child's life are extremely important. Tina has four beautiful children. She spends her free time reading and is a Harry Potter fanatic!