Dr. Crit Caton
Crit grew up In Hobbs, New Mexico. He graduated from Hobbs High School. He attended NM Junior College, where he earned an Associates degree. He then attended Texas Tech University and received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education. He received his Doctorate from New Mexico State University. Crit comes from a family of educators. Crit impacted New Mexico public schools for over three decades as a teacher, coach, athletic director and administrator.
Since his days as a student and basketball player in Hobbs NM, Crit knew the value of teamwork, goal-setting, and determination. He has earned the reputation of a true leader because of his willingness to go the extra mile, whenever, wherever, and for whomever needs his assistance. Examples of his service include mentorships to teachers, guidance to students and a spirit of cooperation and collaboration with his peers. He has received many awards for his service in education including New Mexico Superintendent of the Year in 2016 and induction into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2020. Dr. Caton has also served as the President of the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders and the New Mexico Superintendent’s Association.
Crit and his wife Carrie, a retired educator, have two children who both live in Artesia. Their daughter Kirstin Wachter (husband Robert) (daughter Kritley Sue) is an 11th grade English teacher at Artesia High School. Their son Koby Caton (wife Faith) (daughter Kaylynn Vivian) is the Director of Sports Medicine for the Artesia Public School District.