Meet the staff
Angelina Elizabeth Castagno (she/her/hers)
Director of the Institute for Native-serving Educators (INE) and the Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators (DINÉ)Angelina E. Castagno, PhD, is a Professor of Educational Leadership and Foundations, and the Director of the Institute for Native-serving Educators at Northern Arizona University. She lives in Flagstaff with her husband, two children, and dog. She loves to be outside, spending time with her family, running, biking, camping, and hiking. Her teaching, research, and consulting focus on equity and diversity in U.S. schools, and particularly issues of Whiteness and Indigenous education. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of American Indian Education and has authored or edited four books and numerous articles in peer reviewed national and international journals. Her most recent book is The price of nice: How good intentions maintain educational inequity, published by the University of Minnesota Press.
Jimmy Snyder, PhD (he/him/his)
Assistant Director for the Institute for Native-serving Educators and Anchor Faculty for PITAS programJimmy Snyder, PhD, is a citizen of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Assistant Director for the Institute for Native-serving Educators (INE). He helps provide collaborative leadership for INE programs, as well as serves as Anchor Faculty for INE’s newest initiative entitled, Preparing Indigenous Teachers for Arizona Schools (PITAS). This program is a pathway for Indigenous paraprofessionals to earn their bachelor’s or master’s degree in Elementary Education with teaching certification. He recruits, teaches, and provides leadership for the paraprofessional cohort. He has taught social studies on the Kickapoo reservation in Kansas, the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, and has years of experience working on a tribal college campus. Research interest and areas of expertise include Indigenous education, philosophy, and history, settler colonial theory, Indigenous feminism, athletic coaching, social studies education, curriculum development, and teacher education.
Denyse Candace Herder (she/her/hers)
Community Program Coordinator of the Institute for Native-serving Educators (INE) and the Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators (DINÉ)
Kanoelani Dodd (she/her/hers)
Kanoelani Dodd is a Native Hawaiian from Waikapū, Maui. Miss Dodd is pursuing a master’s in Applied Criminology at NAU. Upon receiving her BA in Administration of Justice from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Miss Dodd worked as a Probation Officer for the State of Hawai‘i. Miss Dodd is passionate about working with Indigenous communities, especially as it concerns Indigenous Peoples involved in the criminal justice system. Miss Dodd is elated to join the NAU Institute for Native-serving Educators (INE) team as a graduate assistant.