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Name: Judith K. Arnold
Title: Native American Indian Education support teacher/interventionist
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Judith Arnold. I will be working for the Native American Indian Education Program at both Thomas Elementary School and Marshall Elementary School. The purpose of the program is to assist in meeting both the educational and cultural needs of Native American students. This assistance takes many forms, so that there are many ways in which this can benefit your family. I will be at Thomas in the mornings every Monday through Thursday and at Marshall in the afternoons every Monday through Thursday. I will spend Fridays at one or the other of the two schools as needed. Much of my time will be spent tutoring students, but I have time set aside to meet with parents in person or to communicate with you via phone. Do not be hesitant to call the schools to ask for me.
I can connect you to resources and will be working to honor your students. I encourage you to sometimes be my teacher and help fill in important information that you believe would be good for me to know if I am to serve your children in the best way.
Although my family background is not Native American, I have some life experiences that will help me serve you and your children in my new position as Native American support teacher/interventionist. I had very little experience with Native American culture until about sixteen years ago, then began to develop friendships that I learned from. I developed an interest and a passion for Indigenous education at that time. I recognize that there are some misalignments between Native culture and some of the school curriculum, expectations and classroom activities that occur in our schools. Sometimes those make you or your children feel uncomfortable. I have been and will continue to advocate concerning these issues. Please let me know if you need help to negotiate through any of those situations.
I have my Master’s degree in bilingual education. I have also participated with the Dine Institute through NAU for the last three years. The Dine Institute has year long seminars during which school teachers participate in college classes and do extensive research. Their end product is to write culturally appropriate curriculum units for Navajo students. These curriculum units are posted online for the use of other teachers. This year I served as one of the fellow leaders for the program.
Last year my 5th grade class worked on a curriculum unit I created for NAU’s Dine Institute concerning Navajo peacemaking. The district has installed a similar method of “talking it out,” in their new restorative justice program. The year before, we studied water on the Navajo Nation. We learned so much, and at the end won a SEDI grant for the excellent job the students did. The year before that, we won an Altice grant for Black American studies. Even earlier, we won another SEDI grant for our Monarch Butterfly Project and our story was published in a national magazine! This leads us to this year. I have spent the summer with the NAU Dine Institute studying “Empathy to Advocacy.” The curriculum I have worked on this year focuses on The Old Leupp Boarding School that was then converted into a Japanese-American Isolation center during World War II. I never tire of learning, and I believe the awareness of these lessons are valuable for all students.
I am looking forward to getting to know you and your student(s) if we have not established that already from my years at Marshall. Thank you for your trust and partnership.
Navajo Nation water project
The award-winning Monarch Project
And so much more to come!