3rd, 4th and 5th grade Elementary Teacher/ Reading Interventionist
Yá’át’ééh Andrea Thomas yinishyè.
Ms. Thomas is an Diné educator who believes that students of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds deserve access to excellent teachers and high quality, culturally responsive instruction within their own communities. Coming from a family of educators and school administrators, Ms. Thomas has a true passion for teaching and preparing the next generation of learners. Ms. Thomas received her certification through the University of New Mexico, where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education. She has been a looping 3-5th grade teacher in her home community of Shiprock, NM on the Navajo Nation since 2014 and now works as a Reading Interventionist and a 3rd – 5th grade teacher.
In addition to helping children, Ms. Thomas is committed to empowering teachers’ voices and improving parent advocacy to help improve education in Native Communities and throughout the state of New Mexico. She serves as an appointed member of the Navajo Nation Board of Education and remains active in various capacities with NMPED initiatives and non-governmental teacher advocacy programs like ‘Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellowship’. She has worked steadfastly to build strong and effective networks between communities, local and state educational institutions and other vested interests in the hopes of promoting collaborations which will improve the lives and futures of our students.