Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Indigenous Children, Survivance,
About the Authors
Co-Founder of Keres Children’s Learning Center
Trisha Moquino is the Founding Education Director and the Keres speaking Elementary Guide at Keres Children’s Learning Center (KCLC) which serves Cochiti Pueblo. She is from the tribal communities of Cochiti, Kewa, and Ohkay Ohwingeh Pueblos in New Mexico. Trisha completed her Montessori Elementary I certification at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies and her Primary training with United Montessori Association. She completed her Master’s at the University of New Mexico and her Bachelor’s degree at Stanford University. Her master’s thesis laid out the vision for what would eventually become the KCLC. Her daughters were her inspiration for wanting to start KCLC.
Lynette Stant, Arizona Teacher of the Year
Lynette Stant, from the Dine’ Nation, is the 2020 Arizona Teacher of the Year. She is a fifteen-year veteran elementary teacher who teaches 3rd grade on the Salt River Indian Reservation in Scottsdale, Arizona. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Grand Canyon University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. Mrs. Stant is a Gates Millennium Scholar. Her mission is to ensure her students have an equitable opportunity to become leaders, despite the oppressive issues many face, and uses her cultural experiences to be a reflective educator. She believes that student success begins with meaningful relationships and inspires her students to create a sense of family in and outside of the classroom. Reminding them, in order to understand where they are going, they must embrace where they come from.
Core concepts and research:
Culture, Learning, & Equity
Participatory Design Research
Family & Community Leadership & Expertise
Complex Systems Thinking
Socio=Ecological Decision Making