Kee Laa-yo-lue-mehl Scholarship Teacher Candidates


Grammar Workshop. March 2017.



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Annelia Hillman



Language Goals: Pass Level II and III Yurok Language Teacher Credential
(American Indian Language Teacher Credential)

Education: B.F.A., University of Oregon (2003)

Education Plan: complete multi-subject teaching credential online through Cal State Teach

Target age group: Elementary





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Bessie Shorty

"My first Yurok language teachers were first language speakers. I admired their determination and patience with those they taught, and their ability to adapt to each student. I was amazed that these elders would travel so far and had time for all of us. My father-in-law was born in 1913. He attended boarding school, where he ran away for the first time when he was 7 years old. He continued to speak his Navajo language fluently even when it wasn’t allowed. My paternal grandparents spoke fluent Shoshone. People would travel far to listen and learn the old songs from them. My maternal great-grandmother also attended boarding school. She never spoke of her experience there, but she continued to speak Yurok and Karuk fluently. I remember her being so happy when she spoke the language. I’ve been discriminated against my entire life for being brown, Indigenous, and a woman. I understand the hardship of being judged based on my outer looks, my culture, and my values. I have committed 15 years of my life advocating for Native youth and now, with the new ANA Teacher Scholarship assisting me, I will strengthen my Yurok language skills. As a teacher, I will guide, support, and be a resource for youth in one of the most transitional times of their lives--Junior High. I will provide Yurok Language classes to families participating in Yurok Tribe Wellness Court, and teach at the college level, assisting future Early Childhood Development teachers in implementing Yurok Language into their curriculum. As their language teacher, we will embrace our Yurok culture, laugh, and learn in our Yurok language, in the memory of all those before us, who fought against all odds to keep their languages alive."

Language Goals: Pass Level I, II, and III Yurok Language Teacher Credential
(American Indian Language Teacher Credential)

Education Plan: Complete A.A. at College of the Redwoods, complete B.A. in Child Development,
multi-subject teaching credential, and M.A. online through Pacific Oaks College.


Target age group: Early Childhood, Elementary (Jr. High), Higher Education


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Chelsea Reed

Language Goals: Pass Level II and III Yurok Language Teacher Credential
(American Indian Language Teacher Credential)

Education Plan: Complete B.A. in Child Development at Humboldt State University,
single-subject teaching credential, and M.A. through Humboldt State University

Target age group: Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, Higher Education





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Curtis Kane

Language Goals: Pass Level I, II, and III Yurok Language Teacher Credential
(American Indian Language Teacher Credential)

Education Plan: Complete B.A. in Art Education at Humboldt State University,
single-subject teaching credential at Humboldt State University

Target age group: Secondary




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James Gensaw

Language Goals: Pass Level III Yurok Language Teacher Credential
(American Indian Language Teacher Credential)

Education Plan: Complete Associate Degree for Transfer in History,
B.A. in History Education at Humboldt State University,
single-subject teaching credential at Humboldt State University

Target age group: Secondary






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Nicole Peters

Language Goals: Pass Level I, II, and III Yurok Language Teacher Credential
(American Indian Language Teacher Credential)

Education: A.A., College of the Redwoods (2017)

Complete B.A. in Child Development at Humboldt State University

Target age group: Early Childhood





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Nikolai Valentine

Language Goals: Pass Level I, II, and III Yurok Language Teacher Credential
(American Indian Language Teacher Credential)

Education: B.S., Liberal Studies, Oregon State University (2016)

Education Plan: Complete teaching credential online through Cal State Teach Program

Target age group: Elementary







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Roberta Chavez

Language Goals: Pass Level I, II, and III Yurok Language Teacher Credential
(American Indian Language Teacher Credential)

Education Plan: Complete B.A. in Child Development at Humboldt State University,
multi-subject teaching credential at Humboldt State University


Target age group: Early Childhood, Elementary




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Dr. Seafha Ramos

"Over many years of attending college out of state and participating in Yurok language activities, as feasible, I have grown to understand the importance of language revitalization to many communities. In my graduate research, I focused on wildlife conservation with the Yurok Tribe.  Even though I was focused on wildlife, I aimed to include Yurok culture as a primary component of my work.  I explored how culturally-affiliated community members conceptualize Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and then used aspects of the Yurok worldview to conduct a wildlife survey on Yurok ancestral lands.  I included Yurok language in my research, as it is integral to TEK.  As I continue learning the language, my hope is to earn a Yurok teaching credential and then teach at the college level.  In my classes, I hope to convey the connection between language, TEK, and natural resources, and to teach Yurok language so that students can continue using it as a living language while also earning a college degree."

Language Goals: Pass Level I, II, and III Yurok Language Teacher Credential
(American Indian Language Teacher Credential)

Education: Ph.D., Natural Resources,
University of Arizona (2016)

Certificate, Administration and Managment of American Indian Natural Resources,
University of Arizona (2013)

M.S., Wildlife Conservation and Management,
University of Arizona (2009)

B.S., Biology,
Missouri Southern State University (2005)

Target age group: Higher Education




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Skip Lowry

Language Goals: Pass Level I, II, and III Yurok Language Teacher Credential
(American Indian Language Teacher Credential)

Education Plan: Complete Associate Degree for Transfer in Liberal Studies at College of the Redwoods,
B.A. in Liberal Studies Elementary Education at Humboldt State University,
multi-subject teaching credential at Humboldt State University


Target age group: Elementary