Tami Maldonado was born and raised in and around the Eastern Navajo Agency in the Northwestern corner of New Mexico. Her early educational experiences, like those of many of our indigenous community did not prepare her for the rigors and challenges of higher education. However, rather than allowing her circumstances to define her, she sought to improve her life through education and by attaining college degrees in Computer Information Systems, Special Education, Educational Administration and Curriculum Design and Instruction.
Over the years, Ms. Maldonado has served in various capacities of management and leadership in both rural and urban educational settings. As the opening principal at Turpen Elementary School in Mentmore, New Mexico she was able to take a 90% Indigenous, high poverty population of students from only 7% reading on grade level to 41% within 3 years. As Director of Native American Programs for the Omaha Public Schools she was able to take a program which was graduating only 51% of their Native American Student population to a 90% graduation rate within 6 years. Her efforts also lead to a 67% increase in students pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities.
In addition to her work in the public school setting, she has served as an educational and community consultant. Her areas of focus have included:
*Supervision, Mentoring, Coaching & Training.
*Motivation and team building leadership.
*General and technical project management.
*Product marketing and management.
*Negotiation and mediation.
*The use of Vision Boards and Mind Movies to move lives forward.
Ms. Maldonado has presented on a variety of topics relating to the unique educational needs of Indigenous youth and their families at national and international conferences. She has also received a number of awards and commendations for her work, including:
*Commendation from the New Mexico Secretary of State for improving the lives of New Mexico’s children.
*Commendation from the New Mexico Secretary of State for improving the lives of children.
*County and school wide Golden Apple Award winner, Orem, Utah.
*Recipient of the Utah State Inclusion Award for “Truck Day”.
*Principal of a National Demonstration Model School – Success for All Programs.
The following are some of the articles published by Ms. Maldonado:
Maldonado-Mancebo, T. 2016. “Why Rooster Lives on The North Shore.” 5-9. Kula Manu 2017
Mcwilliams, M. Susan, T. Maldonado-Mancebo, P. Szczepaniak, & J. Jones. 2011. “Supporting Native Indian Preschoolers and Their Families.” 34-41. Young Children
McWilliams, M. Susan; Maldonado, Tami; and Szczepaniak, Paula, 2011 “Nurturing Urban Native American Families through Preschool Family Literacy Celebrations” Teacher Education Faculty Publications. Paper 57.
Ms. Maldonado’s academic credentials include:
A Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from the DeVRY Institue of Technology.
A Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis on Special Education from Western New Mexico University.
A Master’s level certificate in Educational Administration from the University of Utah.
A Master’s level certificate in Curriculum Design & Instruction from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
3 Mouster’s Degrees from Disney University:
*Creating Motivational Learning Environments.
*Marketing Positive Images in the Classroom
*Disney Keys to Management Success.