About Us


      Cherie Love
Cherie M. Love is thrilled and honored to serve as your principal at Doña Ana Elementary School! She has proudly served the Las Cruces Public Schools for 22 years as a general education teacher, special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Cherie was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico on and around Kirtland Air Force Base. She graduated from Highland High School and attended the University of New Mexico before moving to Las Cruces. She graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Special Education, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Cherie has been married to Harold A. Love Sr. for 30 years. They are proud parents of two wonderful sons (Anthony and Christopher), a beautiful daughter-in-law (Jaclyn) and two incredible grandchildren (Carter and Faith). Cherie loves to travel and is passionate about gardening. She has the same love and passion for students and education today, as she did when she began her career with Las Cruces Public Schools 22 years ago!

    Emma Castañeda
   Assistant Principal
Emma L. Castañeda was born and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico. She is a product of the Las Cruces Public Schools. She grew up around horses and has maintained that love to this day. She participated in different rodeo activities and partnered with her dad in team roping. She is married to Jesus Castaneda and together they’ve raised three successful children who have moved away to pursue their careers. She is extremely proud of her 11 grandchildren. Early in life, Emma discovered that she had a passion for education and attended New Mexico State University. She received a Bachelors in Education, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Administrative license. She is also bilingually endorsed. In her many years of teaching, she has taught different levels from kinder to adult education. To this day, she maintains that same passion for teaching and continues to work with Las Cruces Public Schools.

About Our School

Doña Ana Elementary School
5551 Camino de Flores • Las Cruces, NM 88007
(575) 527-9506
(575) 527-9716 Fax

School Stats
School Opened: 1976
Grade Levels: Preschool-5th
School Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Approximate School Enrollment (Demographics Report)