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Consuela Benally

Office Manager

Consuela is from Mittenrock, New Mexico. She graduated from Shiprock High School and became interested in the movement to make education more fun with Experiential Educational and the Diné philosophy. Consuela served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for two years with Dream Dine before becoming the school's office manager in August 2017.  In 2014, she led special projects while volunteering. In 2015, as an AmeriCorps VISTA she worked with staff, families, and community members to strengthen communications and address concerns. 

Sylvia Garcia

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Educational Assistant

My name is Sylvia Garcia, I live in Kirtland and 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 worked as a paraprofessional at SASI helping K-6 students. I enjoy assisting teachers and helping students learn. Last year I worked in the Kindergarten/1st grade class, and I am continuing for a second year. I look forward to the Navajo language and cultural teaching and learning in a social learning environment.

Tasheena Gray

2nd, 3rd and 4th 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 in her second year serving as education assistant at Dream Dine. She is from Douglas Mesa, Utah. She is currently living in Farmington, New Mexico, and attending San Juan College where she is majoring in Native American Studies. She is interested in contributing to the community to help young people learn and to develop beautifully, by becoming a Navajo teacher in the near future.

Rhonda Barbone

Teacher to Grades 2-3-4 Combination

Rhonda Barbone éí Áshįįhí nilǫ́ǫ, Tsénahoobiłnii yáshchíín. Naneesht’ézhí dabicheii dóó Hashtł’ishnii éí dabinálí. She’s originally from Eastern Navajo Agency. She received her B.A. from Fort Lewis College and attended graduate school at the University of Northern Colorado and New Mexico State University. She has taught Diné bizaad to K-12 students over the past ten years in several public schools. Her father’s teaching inspired her to become a Diné language teacher. She loves to speak Navajo and share it with anyone willing to learn. When she isn’t in the classroom teaching, she spends time traveling with her husband, loves the outdoor life and enjoys being a mother to her family of four. She currently resides in Farmington, New Mexico. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Geri Pete

Geri Pete

Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher

Geri is Diné, Ma’iideeshgiizhinii from Tółikan, Arizona. Her maternal grandparents are Tachinii, and her paternal grandparents are Bi’t’anii.  The educator, who graduated from the University of Montana with a Master’s degree, enjoys world traveling, music, viewing art, and learning about other ethnic cultures. She credits her maternal grandmother, and her clan grandfather, who is an educator at The Institute of Diné Culture, Philosophy, & Government, for her fundamental Diné traditional knowledge that she brings to Dream Diné. Geri believes in the Mission and Values of Dream Diné Charter School and anticipates awakening the innate ability, to speak and understand Diné bizaad, in each child using the Yoołgaai Saad methodology.