Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Sun, July 12

Dzil Libei Elementary off to a flying start with Sharlene Navaho
Former TC staffer at the leadership helm

Sharlene Navaho (Courtesy photo)

Sharlene Navaho (Courtesy photo)

CAMERON-Sharlene Navaho, formerly a Title I resource teacher at Tuba City Primary School has been named interim principal at one of the three Tuba City District elementary schools this past month.

Navaho, who holds a master's in education from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and a bachelor of science in elementary education also from NAU had a head start in educational enrichment by attending Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass. during her high school years.

Born originally in Page, Navaho has lived in Tuba City since 1976.

Her maternal clan is Ta'neeszahnii born for Kinyaa'aanii. Her maternal grandfather's clan are Lok'aa'Dine'e and paternal grandfather is Ashiihi.

Navaho has been an educator since 1999 and was most recently teaching second grade at Tuba City Primary before her newest work detail.

Her Tuba City Primary School experience included not just classroom work but also school assignments like curriculum revision, North Central Accreditation compliance and ETIP, SPARKS and RISTRA coordination.

Navaho has longtime classroom experience at TCUSD but was also a fifth grade teacher at Flagstaff Unified School District in Leupp with the Jump Start Program and was briefly a teacher substitute in both Flagstaff and Tuba City.

Navaho has an avid interest in coaching sports, given that she has been a basketball and volleyball coach along with sparking focused attention on math and science programs.

One of the more outstanding recent staff contributions Navaho made to TC Primary was in the Success for All Reading program and in extensive computer literacy for her young students.

Navaho says, "My vision of quality education at Dzil Libei Elementary is to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all my students. My own plans ... coincide with the overall [Tuba City District] mission, which is to provide a quality education for all.

"[Tuba City] is home for me. I attended [school in Tuba City] from kindergarten through eighth grade and returned home once I finished at NAU in 1998. TCUSD has laid the foundation for my personal education and what I like best about working here is the fact that I am proof that TCUSD has a history of contributing to the educational leadership in our own home community," she added.

Navajo feels that there is room for improvement within the district and had this to say, "We need to access the expertise and talent within our own TCUSD family. There are so many wonderful resource people right in our own back yard."

For more information about Dzil Libei Elementary School or any of the other seven TCUSD schools, contact the Tuba City District Office of Public Relations for specifics at (928) 283-1185.

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