Tony Archuleta - Principal
Mr. Archuleta's educational career has transcended into decades as not only an Instructor but as an Administrator in pursuit of providing great education to students from Hoacho, Mexico to upstate New York. The second phase of his career has been working with tribal Indigenous communities of New Mexico & Arizona, of which include Jemez, Taos, Picuris Pueblos as well as Navajo and Apache communities. Since his time here, Tony has strived to create S.D.I.S as an exemplary school for all students of Indigenous backgrounds by encouraging students to work hard and smart to become successful and ultimately acquire confidence and happiness in their daily lives.
MARILYN REEVES - Administrative Assistant
Being Administrative Assistant, Marilyn is possibly the busiest of all staff. To ensure that Six Directions is running smoothly, Marilyn is constantly providing help to all staff members, parents and students. She is the first face parents and visitors see when they walk through our school doors and is there to answer any questions or tasks they need carried out. Marilyn has spent most of her career in education and this will be her 5th year at six directions come 2020!
Renee Cleveland - Attendance Coach
Renee has been here since the school started, as a substitute, an E.A and now serves as our Attendane Coach. As such, she is always on top of making sure our students are in good standing with their attendance. If she is not in the office busy, she is the main staff raising funds in our school events or making certain the students have proper meals by cooking the schools lunch herself. Renee also is the main overseer for our Americorps Program, helping our school have all its neccessities to properly function.
TYLA KANTEENA - Teacher
ASU graduate, Tyla Kanteena has been teaching the science department of S.D.I.S's S.T.E.A.M for two years now. She's proven herself to be enthusiastic with not only her classes but has helped the school incredibly with implementing a variety of science programs. Between classes she can be found constantly making adjustments to her lesson plans to better her teaching or creating new oppurtunities for the school to thrive.
Norman Roach - Teacher
Mr. Roach teaches our Language Arts & History classes along with Mr. Bonsall. He is a very talented man who travels with his family teaching people about Indigenous arts and peoples. Norman has a years of stories ranging from his A.I.M days to performing in many cultural events today.
Willard Zunie -Teacher
Mr. Zunie has years of experience teaching the Shiwii language and culture to not only his youth but in his community. He makes everyone that comes into the school feel very welcomed with his plendore of knowledge and humor! He is always teaching our visitors and staff about the importance of culture integrated into schools all the while he participates as much as he can in his own events. One of the friendliest staff members here, he is open to all perspectives and cultures around the world and incorporates this into his classes.
GREG BONSALL - TEACHER
Bonsall has spent 26 years teaching, while he's the humanities teacher here at Six Directions, he still considers himself a student as well for there is still something new to learn everyday! He teaches history from a variety of lenses for students to understand all perspectives. Occasionally he brings his guitar and plays tunes with the students. This will be his 2nd year with the S.D.I.S family.
BENNY HALE - Teacher
Mr. Hale has around 35 years of educational experience, from an assistant, educator and superintendent. At S.D.I.S, he is our Navajo Language & Culture instructor with years of teaching youth. the students have developed a strong respect for him as a pinnacle of Dine knowledge as an elder, most times you will hear him referenced as "Cheii", meaning grandpa in Dine. He makes his lessons relevant to today's society for students to understand the importance of preservation of their language and culture. As well, he also like to spoil the students with treats such as a grandpa would.
Leah Kayonnie - Educational Assistant, Teacher
With 5 years of teaching experience, Leah has incorporated very direct lessons and teaches students the importance of hard work that will help them in their futures. She also helps students at the Gallup UNM branch, thus making her College Career Prep classes an advantage for students to excell in their studies while preparing them for college and beyond. She strongly encourages students to aspire for excellence in school as well as life.
Paige Belinte - Educational Assistant, Teacher
Paige is a Fort Lewis College graduate and currently teaches the Indigenous Wellness & College Career Prep classes. Not only do the students enjoy her personality, parents seem to also enjoy hearing what their students are learning in her classes. She is a very avid member in her communities, from skateboarding to traditonal cultural ceremonies. Paige is everything Six Directions strives to incorporate in our mission. From teaching intertribal holistic practices and the importance of each student's resiliency. Both outside of the classroom and in, you will see her very compassion and empowerment of the Indigenous youth.
SCOTT PEINA - Educational Assistant
Scott helps in the Math Intervention & Science classes where students enjoy his teaching methods. He helps break down the content for the students in a way they can understand. He along with Ms. Kanteena have worked as a close team to build a strong viable math & science program for S.D.I.S., by incorporating new technological programs as well as taking many trips that help stimulate students minds beyond the classroom. Scott is a real asset to the school, always creating new ways for students strive.