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Governance & Administration Organizational Chart

The Governance Administration- Org Chart 18-19 displays the hierarchy of NPS Administration rolls. The first page of the downloadable pdf will show you the hierarchy from the Board of Trustees through to Administration. The second page displays you the hierarchy of the Administration department beginning with the Executive Director.


Administration Staff Biographies

Head of School

 
Shawna Becenti

Clans: Táchii’nii (Red Running into the Water clan), Áshįįhi (Salt People Clan)Mą‘ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass clan), Tłógi (Hairy Ones or Weaver-Zia clan)

Mrs. Becenti was raised in Farmington, New Mexico, but has family ties to Tohatchi, New Mexico, and Crownpoint, New Mexico and to Ganado, Arizona, and Parker, Arizona. She is an alumna of Navajo Preparatory School and received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Secondary Education from University of New Mexico and a Master of School Administration degree from New Mexico State University. She is a proud mother of five children and grandmother of one grandson. Mrs. Becenti has been married twenty years to Kevin R. Becenti of Crownpoint, New Mexico.

Mrs. Becenti spent her entire adult years in the area of education. She taught social studies courses at Piedra Vista High School, Rocinante High School, and Navajo Preparatory School. She entered administration at Navajo Preparatory School as an Athletic Director and Discipline Officer. She spent the last ten years at Kirtland Central High School. Three years as Kirtland High’s Assistant Principal and  Athletic Director, and seven years as the Principal. Kirtland Central High School was named a Bronze Medal School in the US News Best High Schools under her leadership.

Mrs. Becenti is honored and excited to return back home to where her educational journey began. She is an example of the school’s motto Yideeskaago Naataanii.  


Dean of Instruction

Keith Neil

Born and raised in San Juan County, having spent time at Aztec Schools and eventually graduating from Bible Baptist Shepherd School.  Attended college at Simpson University in Redding, CA and received a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences and Minors in History and Bible/Theology.  Received Teaching Certificate from Fort Lewis College.  Taught for two years (Special Education and History) at Aztec High School and then 6 years at Farmington High School (Gov./Econ., US History, NM History) and then worked for 6 years at Pinon Hills Community Church as Associate Pastor in Student Ministry and Operations.  Worked at KC for two years as Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. 

Married to my best friend and wife, Stevie, for 17 years.  Have two children: daughter Rylie 15, sophomore at PV and son Kaedmon 13, 8th grade at Heights Middle School. 

Avid golfer and lover of the outdoors. 


Dean of Student Affairs

Joann Begay

Clans: Todich’iinii-nishli, Hashlishnii- bashishchiin,  Tabaha-dah shichei, Ta’neeszahnii-dah shinali
My info: Joann Blackhorse Begay, mother of two ladies & blessed with 2 son-laws; grandmother- 1 grandson.
I’m originally from Newcomb, New Mexico
Graduated from Aztec High School. (2) Associates Degrees from Dine ’College: Social Science, Social Work, Undergraduate Degree-NM Highlands University/Social Work, Graduate Degree-Doane University/Educational Leadership
Work experience:  Licensed Cosmetologist-80’s, Substance Abuse Counselor/Navajo Nation-90’s, Licensed School Social Worker/counselor-2000-2017, Administrator for Navajo Preparatory School
Passionate about my career-I’ve always liked working with people young, middle-aged, elder and all walks of life.  I truly believe that my career path was set by my Creator many years ago and I am where I need to be at this time.
Hobbies: plants- I re-root house plants, beautify my porch with colorful flowers and I’m an avid scrap-booker/love to take pictures! Love to share my photos with friends and family.


Leland Becenti

Dean of Student Life

 


Ada Wilson

Director of Human Resources

 


Chef Ty White

Director of Food Services

Clans: Ta’neezahnii, Honaghaahnii, Ma’ii deeshgiizhnii, Todik’ozhi

Mr. White is originally from Wheatfields, Arizona. Chef Ty is a Navajo Prep Alumni ‘Class of 96’, Associates degree in Business from Dine College, Theological Native American Studies from Cook College in Tempe, AZ, and Certified Chef from Scottsdale Culinary Arts from the Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale, Arizona. Chef Ty has served on the administrative staff for three years and enjoys volunteering his time with the community activities. He is the owner of Ty’s Kitchen & Catering for ten years! Ty White is single, has two kids and loves the great outdoors!


Stacy Irwin

Support Services Director

 


TBA

Business Manager

 


Lander Morris

Instructional Technology Specialist/IT

ClansKinyaa’aanii Nishłį́ Tábąąhá Báshíshchíín, Hashtł’ishnii Dashíchei Tó’áhání Dashináłí

Mr. Morris is from Naschitti, NM. Lander has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Lander shares with the school over 10 plus years’ experience in the Information Technology and Electronics industry. Prior to coming to Navajo Prep Lander was a Project Test Engineer at Raytheon, Farmington NM he has also worked in different industries in Colorado and Arizona. Lander is married to Kris Morris and has 4 kids.


Grants Administrator 

Betty Ojaye

 


Development Coordinator

Ceceilia Tso

Clans: Tó’aheedlíinii, Táchii’nii, Tsenabahiłnii

Ms. Tso’s family is from Lukachukai, Arizona. Ceceilia created her own company Tso Consultants, LLC. which works with tribes in Indigenous Ontological Leadership a professional development leadership training. Ceceilia also taught leadership in China at the World Academy for Women. Previously she was at the University of Utah for almost 15 years in various capacities working with faculty and staff to develop funding. While at the College of Education she was the Director of the American Indian Teacher Education Collaboration (AITEC), working with American Indians to become teachers. Since 2008 Ceceilia has works with the federally registered model evidenced based program “Strengthening Families Program” as the only American Indian Trainer of Trainers/Evaluator. She works with tribes in Canada and the USA to assist in obtaining funding to implement the SFP Program to Indigenous communities. She has one daughter and one sone in Utah and currently working on her doctoral degree.