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Consuela Benally

AmeriCorps VISTA

Consuela is from Mittenrock, New Mexico. Graduated from High school from Shiprock High School. Became very interested in the movement to make education more fun with Experiential Educational and the Dine philosophy. She loves to teach and encouraging youth to strive for the best. Consuela serves as the AmeriCorps VISTA member for the second year with Dream Dine. Besides being a parent, she has extensive experience working with children/ families as a volunteer. She volunteered at Dream Dine Charter School during 2014 leading special projects. As an AmeriCorps VISTA she will be working with staff, families, and community member to strengthen communications and address concerns.

Alyssa Begay

Office Manager / Outreach Coordinator

Alyssa is from Mittenrock, New Mexico. She graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Native American Studies with a distributed minor in Biology and Navajo. Alyssa became interested in joining the movement to help rebuild a greater Native America and realized the greatest difference she can make is through education. She is excited to be a part of the team and help pave the way for the future. Her primary goal is to build positive relationships between parents and DDCS staff and teachers. 

Sylvia Garcia

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Educational Assistant

My name is Sylvia Garcia, I live in Kirtland, N.M. I grew up in Sanostee as a child and moved to Shiprock when I was in 3rd grade. I graduated from Shiprock High School, attended Dine College and San Juan College. I received a Level III paraprofessional certificate. Formerly, I worded as a paraprofessional at SASI helping K-6 students. I enjoy assisting teachers and helping students learn, this year I will be working in the Kindergarten/1st grade class. I look forward to the Navajo language and cultural teaching and learning in a social learning environment.

Elsie Joe

2nd & 3rd Grade Lead Teacher

I am a resident of Shiprock, New Mexico, born and raised in the community. I am always humbled by others’ credentials as my education consists of an MS in Reading, an MA in TESOL and a BA in Business Management. My elementary teaching certification was through an alternative licensure program with San Juan College. Prior to transitioning to teaching, I was in the business field for about 22 years. And for the past 7 years, I taught elementary school students; one year in kindergarten, one year in 1st grade, and the last 5 years as a reading interventionist for kindergarten to 5th grade. This year I will be helping 2nd and 3rd grade students become successful in a social learning environment with place based teaching and I will also help Native American children learn about identify and culture.

Tasheena Gray

2nd & 3rd Grade Educational Assistant

Tasheena Gray is Bitter Water, born for Edge Water, her maternal grandparents are the Folded Arm people, and her paternal grandparents are the Salt People. She was born and raised in Monument Valley Arizona. She is from Douglas Mesa, Utah. She is currently living in Farmington, New Mexico; attending San Juan College majoring in the Native American Studies. She is interested in contributing to the community to help young people learn and develop beautifully by becoming a Navajo Teacher in the near future.