CITY The staff of Diné Studies at Greyhills Academy
High School shows their commitment and dedication to the students
by staying beyond school hours, including evenings. They provide
tutoring services and cultural-related activities, which contribute
to the students' personal motivation, development and acquisition
of knowledge. The role of the Diné studies staff is unique
at Greyhills Academy. They provide assistance in classroom instruction
as tutors and/or cultural enrichment presenters, and assist teachers
with students who need their personal attention with academics.
This may require them to provide instruction in Diné language,
cultural advisement or historical background about traditional
values as seen through indigenous perspectives.
have a staff that is very dedicated to helping our students learn,"
said Stella Claw, director of Diné Studies. "The important
key is that we provide a student with a positive experience here
at Greyhills, and that's why the staff does not hesitate to go and
apply extra effort in various cultural activities being performed
in our educational institution.
come to school early, stay and cover lunch duties, or they sponsor
clubs, and stay after school, all for the sake of the students.
They do not hesitate to volunteer their time."
works with four staff members, Charlene Nez, academic tutor; Peggy
Rafelito, cultural resource instructor; Phil Tree Jr., bilingual
instructor; and Ward Tsingine, academic tutor. Each of the staff
members works with different classrooms, youth groups, clubs and
teams to provide motivation and to help students build on a quality
students have changed over the last couple of years," said
Rafelito. "They are not as rowdy as they used to be."
students we have now have better manners and they respect the teachers
and staff more."
said that his continued interest in working with the youth keeps
him in the field of education. He also is an entrepreneur as he
is an associate of a small business in Flagstaff.
always encouraging to see students do well, especially those students
who return to work or share their experiences here at Greyhills,
or any other educational site, school or community," said Tree.
"We're glad to be a support to them, whether it's in the classroom
or extracurricular activity."
is an assistant football coach and said he's glad to be involved
with student athletes. He finds academic work with students to be
challenging and an important task. He said he wants the students
to succeed in high school as well as after they leave.
believe all education and life experiences are directly related
to each other, whether it is in the classroom or on the athletic
field," said Tsingine. "I know that hard work, dedication,
respect, and positive reinforcement from role models contribute
to a student's confidence, and it pays off now in the classroom,
and in career choices after high school."
Navajo I and Navajo II language courses are taught by Meretta Robbins
and LaTanya McCabe at Greyhills Academy. The staff said that this
is enough because of the academic challenges confronting the students
as education in general is pressured heavily by numerous standards.
The Diné Studies Program is available to provide cultural
infusion or integration when it is needed.