Hopi educator Sahmie Sunshine Wytewa NIEA board of directors candidate

Sahmie Sunshine Wytewa, 2010 NIEA Board of Directors candidate

I am pleased to announce that Sahmie Sunshine Wytewa, an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe and lifelong educator, is an official candidate for the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) board of directors.  Wytewa comes to the NIEA with an incredible amount of experience, a passion for the advancement of Indian education, a close connection to the Hopi community, and an impeccable work ethic. NIEA members will have the opportunity to vote for candidates at the upcoming NIEA Convention held in San Diego, California, on October 7-10, 2010. Below is Wytewa’s personal statement on the NIEA website: http://www.niea.org/events/board.php

Sahmie Sunshine Wytewa, Hopi: Ms. Wytewa is a prime candidate for NIEA board membership given her strengths as a practicing educator, educational background, and her strong desire to provide leadership in education. In addition to her professional qualities, she is also an involved community member of the Hopi tribe who has endured the challenges of balancing her culture and educational pursuits. As a mother, Sahmie has taken great care in providing the experiences of traditional values and real-life expectations for her children.

As an educator, Ms. Wytewa understands the significance of accountability in academic achievement and the inequalities that are reflected in the quality of education and misrepresentation of Native populations in regards to academic performance. Working in underperforming schools going through School Improvement, she has the working knowledge of current initiatives in educational reform. Her skills as a teacher have allowed her firsthand insight into the trends in achievement, learning modes of children, and research-based strategies that promote academic growth.

Ms. Wytewa’s continued professional growth is the direct result of her desire to improve the quality of education and learning experiences for all students. Channeling her efforts to further develop reform in Indian education, Sahmie has chosen the course of advancement through leadership. She is committed to working in collaboration with like-minded individuals or groups towards student-centered reform.

With strong ties to her community, Sahmie has an authentic link giving her the advantage of providing background in an otherwise vague theme of Indian education. It is with these combined strengths and efforts, that Ms. Wytewa can be a true asset to the NIEA board in providing many perspectives of education.

2 Responses to “Hopi educator Sahmie Sunshine Wytewa NIEA board of directors candidate”


  1. 1 Candace October 6, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Sahmie – I am so proud of you, love you sister!

  2. 2 sahmie November 2, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I am finally getting a spare minute to extend my deepest appreciation and gratitude for the experience afforded to me through the nomination and candidacy process. As’kwali Matt for taking a leap of faith with me to advocate for students and indigenous people everywhere. Although I did not make the board, the experience is unforgettable!!

    To everyone who attended, thank you for taking the opportunity to partake in the knowledge being shared to strengthen and create opportunities for equal educational access. It was amazing to see so many people at various levels and experience coming together for Education. Your efforts and compassion for children, education, and culture will set the paths for success in each of our communities.

    To the presenters and NIEA facilitators, your work is at the heart of what we set out to do each day… your dedication and passion is beyond commendable!!

    Have an amazing year and may your life and work be fruitful…

    With children and our future at heart,
    Sahmie Sunshine Wytewa, HOPI
    Pikyaswungwa ~ Misongnovi


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