Yá’át’ééh! We are located in the Navajo Nation of Arizona, and we are very proud of our heritage. It is our privilege and honor to be in the position to accompany our children on their journey to great heights and solid futures. As you browse through our website, we know you’ll catch our enthusiasm and appreciate our awe-inspiring past, present, and future. We believe that, together, we can accomplish great things!
Kayenta Unified School District Family,
It is with excitement, I join the Kayenta family with a focus on working collaboratively and collectively to meet the District Mission. The question I have heard the most is “who are you?” I am a husband and father first and an educator second. My wife and I have been married for 23 years. We have been blessed with two wonderful daughters, one a senior and the other a sophomore attending Northern Arizona University.
As a lifelong educator, I have committed myself to work toward excellence and expect the same of others inmeeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of every student. I began my career as a High School Social Studies Teacher with the Bismarck Public Schools in Bismarck, ND where I taught US Government, Economics, US History, Criminal Law, Psychology, Sociology, and a Human Relations and Cultural Diversity course. I also coached Girls’ Basketball and Boys’ Swimming. While in the classroom, I began a Masters Degree program through The University of North Dakota earning the degree in 1997. I transitioned into administration and spent three years as an Assistant Principal in North Dakota before relocating to Arizona. Once in Arizona, I spent two years as a High School Assistant Principal before becoming a High School Principal for 11 years. During my time as a Principal, I earned my Doctor of Education degree from Arizona State University in 2006. The last two years I served as an Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Since 2006 I have also served as Adjunct Faculty with Northern Arizona University teaching courses in Educational Leadership.
My goal as I begin my work as Kayenta Unified School District’s Superintendent is to honor the successes of the past while at the same time looking to a future that meaningfully supports every facet of the Kayenta Unified School District in making a positive difference for all students. Over the next couple of months, I commit to interacting with and meeting district employees and community members to best understand where our District is inmeeting the outcomes that every one of our students deserves.
I want to thank each of you for your commitment in striving to make a positive difference in the lives of our students whether it is in a support role or in the classroom. It takes a remarkable group with a common set of values and expectations to create and maintain a highly functioning and highly achieving school district.
Again, I look forward to working together to provide an educational experience befitting every student.