Marlena PeshlakaiGrades 3-4-5 Teacher
My name is Marlena Peshlakai and I am of the Towering House clan born for the Bitter Water people. I was born and raised in Shiprock, NM. I am an Arizona State University (ASU) alumni. Go Sun Devils! My hobbies are outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and fishing. I enjoy spending quality time with my family and dog. I love watching football and I am a fan of the Arizona Cardinals! In my spare time, I also love to travel and see new places.
Note: Dream Dine is excited that Marlena has chosen to become a teacher through her Americorps service experience at the school.
Evelyn BileenGrades K-1-2 teacher
Evelyn (Evey) Bileen is from Teec Nos Pos, AZ, originally from Mariano Lake, NM. She is of the Mexican clan, born for Towering House, her maternal grandfather is of the Black Streak Wood People, and her paternal grandfather is of the Water's Edge Clan. Mrs. Bileen has taught in the CCSD school system and came to Dream Dine "interested and ready to teach" our youngest students. Mrs. Bileen holds a Level III teaching license and has bachelor's (Fort Lewis College) and master's (Northern Arizona University) degrees in education.
She believes, "It is very important to teach children their self-identity (clans and k'é) so they will honor who they are, have a sense of belonging, and know their relatives."
Vernetta LongOffice Manager
The head administrator at Dream Diné Charter School is Ta’neeszahnii born for Tó’aheedlíini, her cheii was of the Tewa from First Mesa at Polacca, AZ, and her nálí are Bit’ahnii. Deschenie has worked in K-12, and in higher education for over 29 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Fort Lewis College, her master’s degree from UNM and her doctoral degree from NMSU. She came on board with Dream Diné in late fall 2016. Deschenie is mother to three grown children and married to a program administrator at San Juan College; together with her husband, they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.
Rhonda BarboneDine Language and Culture and ESL Teacher
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.