Staff

Roxanne Begay-James, Director

I am Diné and grew up on the Navajo reservation. I am of the Zuni Edgewater clan, born for the Folded Arms People. My maternal grandparents are the Manygoats clan, and my paternal grandparents are the Bitterwater clan. I love to read! I enjoy reading to my daughter and read the newspaper every day. I have always known that I was going to work in education. I love my job and serving our students, parents and community members.

April Bull Calf, Administrative Secretary

Dagot'ee (Hello in Apache). I am April D. Bull Calf, a full blood White Mountain Apache Native of the Eagle clan. I was born and raised on the Fort Apache Indian reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona, where our Tribe is known for the Sunrise Ski Resort & Hon-Dah Casino. My last name comes from my late husband who is a Blackfeet Native from Montana. My passion has always been to serve in the educational office field to be of service in the success of those receiving education. I started off as a receptionist/secretary in the Academic Affairs Department of the Blackfeet Community College, on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana. I lived in Montana for 13 years, then moved back home and was a school secretary for one of three elementary schools on the White Mountain Apache reservation for 13 years. I then came to Tucson in 2015 and began working with TUSD as the Dietz K-8 School monitor, Pistor MS office assistant, & GATE administrative secretary. This year is my first year with NASS; I am excited to be working with NASS staff, our Native students and families.

Roberta Buss, Student Success Specialist

Hi! I currently serve the students at Doolen Middle School. I have a master's degree in social work and years of experience working with children and families. I am passionate in what I do and get satisfaction from seeing others fulfill their goals. I try to live by this quote (unknown author), "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime." I grew up in the military and was exposed to many different cultures and really appreciate that experience which is why I believe I embrace and want to continually learn about others. I look forward to working alongside you in reaching your full potential.

Brianna Camacho, Student Success Specialist

Hello there! For the 2018-2019 school years I am currently serving Maldonado Elementary School as well as Johnson Primary School. I am a graduate of the University of Arizona and a native of Tucson, Arizona. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as constantly learning about new cultures and ways of life. Being a part of the Native American Student Services is a great honor and I am eager to make a positive impact in my students' lives.

Priscilla Flores Romero, Student Success Specialist

Priscilla Flores Romero, Student Success SpecialistHello, my name is Priscilla Flores. I am a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. I have been with Native American Student Services for over 15 years. I have two graduates from Tucson Unified and my younger children are still enrolled in Tucson Unified. My background is in Education and American Indian Studies. I am alumni of the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.

Olivia Gaxiola, Student Success Specialist

Olivia Gaxiola, Student Success SpecialistMy name is Olivia Gaxiola. I graduated from Sunnyside High School and attended the University of Arizona I have been working in numerous Tucson Unified School District schools since 2005. I have a deep appreciation for music, family and my culture.

Sharon Gartner, Student Success Specialist

Greetings!  My career has been devoted to working in education, health and human services. I have been employed in Tucson Unified School District since 2009. For the past seven years I have served the Native American students at Miller Elementary School and I just love my work. It has been such a pleasure through the years watching young people achieve their educational goals, while at the same time honoring and maintaining their cultural values and traditions. I hold master's degrees in education and business administration and continue in my study of the rich diverse history and challenges of Native American Tribes.

Detroit James, Student Success Specialist

Ya'at'eeh! My name is Detroit James, I am from the Deer Spring clan, born for the Big Water clan, and I come from a small community called "Low Mountain" Arizona on the Navajo Nation. I am currently serving four of TUSD's eastside high schools, Sahuaro, Santa Rita, Palo Verde, and Rincon, as their Native American Student Success Specialist. I will be completing my undergraduate program this coming May, which I am earning a Bachelor's of Science in Science Education and minoring in Cancer Research at the University of Arizona. With my experience as a former healthcare professional and cancer researcher, I plan to work with students who are interested in the health profession careers. I will also be focusing on students' overall attendance, academic progress, cultural identity, and social behaviors, all which will help students become successful. I enjoy working with school-aged students, but working with our Native American population is ever so rewarding! I am super excited to be a part of the NASS family and hope we have a great school year!

Jolene Jose, Student Success Specialist

Jolene Jose, Student Success SpecialistS-keg Tas! Good Day! I am currently serving Doolen Middle School, Safford K-8, and Mansfeld Middle School. I also sponsor the Tribal Images Youth Council. I grew up in Tucson and attended Van Buskirk, Utterback, CGUHS, and Ha:an Preparatory & Leadership School. I love spending time with friends and family, as well as traveling. I enjoy what I do and am always excited to meet new students and help the Native American population achieve their goals.

Stephanie Macias, Student Success Specialist

Stephanie Macias, Student Success SpecialistHello! My name is Stephanie Macias. I am the NASS Student Success Specialist at Pistor Middle School. I have been at this site for about 10 years. The students, families, staff, and Pistor community are welcoming, respectful, and family. I am from the community and I have been so all of my life. My daughter, Megan Macias, is a teacher at Pistor Middle School and my son, Matthew Macias, is a teacher at Maldonado Elementary. They are my pride and joy. My goal is to be available to each and every student while having high expectations yet a gentle heart.

Feliciana Martinez, Student Success Specialist

Feliciana Martinez, Student Success SpecialistLios Enchim Ania. Greetings! My name is Feliciana Martinez, I am a member of the Pascua Yaqui Nation from the community of Old Pascua. I live with my family. I have worked for Tucson Unified for 28 years and I am an employee for the Native American Students Services (NASS) as a Student Success Specialist/Instructional Specialist. The school site that I currently serve is Roskruge Bilingual K-8; this is my third year there. My role is to support Native American students with classroom core curriculum in math, reading, language arts, social studies in K-8 grades and also provide Yaqui and other Arizona native art lessons to all grade levels when requested by Teachers. I am also responsible for creating the NASS High School graduate gift of the Yaqui Deer Dancer sculpture with the Tohono O’odham Nation “Man in the Maze” background that represents the NASS logo, due to the high numbers of both nations’ students in the Tucson Unified. I enjoy working with your children at Roskruge K-8 Bilingual School. Lios em Chokui Thank You.

Juanita Mesquita, Student Success Specialist

Juanita Mesquita, Student Success SpecialistI am an enrolled member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. I am a proud mother of three sons; Richard, Julian and Thomas. I am also the proud grandmother of three granddaughters; Hailo, Serene and Zafrina and one grandson Rainen. I have been working for the Tucson Unified School District for 28 years. I am Native American Student Services Student Success Specialist assigned to Cholla High Magnet School. I enjoy working with students, parents and the Tucson Unified families. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with our Cholla community.

Amalia Salazar, Student Success Specialist

Amalia Salazar, Student Success SpecialistI am an enrolled member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. I have a 22 year old daughter Maria and my husband JoseLuis. I have been working for Tucson Unified School District for 24 years. For the last four years I have been at Pueblo High School working with the Native American population. I enjoy every aspect of my job especially contributing to a student’s educational growth. I look forward to helping our students succeed, graduate, and continue with their life goals.

Kierstyn Tsosie, Student Success Specialist

Ya'aat'eeh! My name is Kierstyn Tsosie. I am born to the Near the Mountain Clan, born for the Bitterwater Clan. My maternal grandfathers are of the Bitterwater Clan, and my paternal grandfathers are of the Black Streak Wood People Clan. My family originates from the Seba Dalkai community on the Navajo Reservation. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration and Public Policy with a minor in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. I serve as a Student Success Specialist serving Tucson High Magnet School and Catalina Magnet High School. I enjoy working with native youth and empowering them to use their strength and resiliency to make changes in their lives.

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