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Project Manager

Physical Address:
Education Building
Room 203
921 Campus Drive MS 3080
Moscow, ID 83844-3080

Mailing Address:

University of Idaho
IKEEP-College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3080
Moscow, ID 83844-3080

Phone: 208-885-0175

Fax: 208-885-7607

Email: ikeep@uidaho.edu

Co-Principal Investigator

Phone: 208-885-0178

Email: vstevens@uidaho.edu

Co-Principal Investigator

Phone: 208-885-2468

Email: yobiz@uidaho.edu

Meet Our IKEEP Scholars


Cohort 2


Justin Abbott

I am an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain band of Chippewa Indians.

Major: M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction plus certification in Secondary Education w/ Math and ENL endorsements

Justin Abbott
Justin Abbott

Jennifer Arthur

I am an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe.

Major: M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction plus certification in Secondary Education w/ Business and ENL endorsements

Inim winict waas Wayatinmy ka sayopo timkii Jennifer Rosalie Arthur. I am excited to say I’m a part of the 2nd cohort with the IKEEP program at U of I, along with 6 of my newly founded colleagues/friends. I’m a proud graduate of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence Kansas, where I received my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. Born and raised in Schurz, Nevada. It’s a great honor to be a part of such proud people; the Nimiipuu of Lapwai, Idaho (Nez Perce), the Agai Dicutta Numa of Schurz, Nevada (Paiute), the Robinson Rancheria Pomo, plus the Wailaki, and Wintu tribes from California. I’m named after my mu’uh (mom’s mom), Rosalie McKay Want.

Currently, I work for the Nez Perce Tribal Housing Authority in Lapwai Idaho serving as the Housing Counselor. I’ve become very familiar with curriculum building in the housing arena. I am very grateful to have learned as it will serve in my teaching endeavors. Teaching is something I enjoy, the minds that learn from one’s teaching is incredible when it’s meaningful. I’m very appreciative for this opportunity again, Quiciiyewyew to the IKEEP program.

Hiim’eeqes Qe’cii’yew’yew
(Thank you very much)

Jennifer Arthur
Jennifer Arthur

Joshua Arthur Sr.

I am an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe.

Major: M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction plus certification in Secondary Education w/ Business and ENL endorsements 

Born in Reno Nevada to a Paiute woman named Linda Willie and a man named Ralph Arthur. Linda a Paiute/Pomo Native of western Nevada and Ralph a Nez Perce man from Lapwai Idaho. Josh was raised on the Paiute reservation of Schurz, Nevada where he would complete high school at a neighboring city of Hawthorne, Nevada. He would eventually move to Lapwai in late July of 2004 and meet his future wife, Santia Arthur. Working full-time, he would complete his associates with a distance learning center on the reservation with Northwest Indian College in 2008 and then would take a break to work and be with his family. In 2015, and four kids later, he would return to school and complete his Bachelor’s in business management with minor in business administration at Lewis and Clark State College, completing in 2018. By then there was one more addition to the family, bringing the total to 5 kids. Oldest girl Roni; set of twins--boy and girl Josh Jr. and Sierra; another girl Celila and the baby boy, Leon. “I believe, my children, they see through their eyes everything they will long for. I hope and wish they will see the importance of education in all its forms,” Josh says. He is now beginning a new chapter in his educational career. The path to his Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction Plus Teaching Certification through the IKEEP program at the University of Idaho began in the summer of 2019 at the American Indian Language Development Institute at the University of Arizona.

Joshua Arthur Sr.
Joshua Arthur Sr.

Bobbie Jo Decker-Penney

I am an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe in Fort Hall, Idaho.

Major: M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction w/ K-8 Elementary certification

She graduated from Lewis-Clark State College with a B.S. Elementary Education and taught for 8 years. Currently, she operates two child care centers on the Nez Perce Reservation.

Bobbie says, “Our primary purpose is to provide a culturally and linguistically based curriculum. One that reflects the core values common among the communities we serve.”

She hopes to continue working in native communities, training teachers and mentoring small business owners or anyone wanting to go into early childhood education. She believes in providing opportunities for individual students based on their unique gifts and abilities. Giving all children a chance to become proficient learners and using their knowledge in a way that is meaningful to them. She is married to Santee Penney, enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, and is the mother of seven, Tequis, Taylor, Makel, Robert, Sofie, Sampson and Camassia.

She says, “I tell my children that we are given this life to use our gifts wisely and to give our Creator glory for all he has given us.” She is a current IKEEP Scholar and will start classes in the Fall 2019.

Bobbie Jo Decker-Penney
Bobbie Jo Decker-Penney

(Lapit) Teminah Greene

I am an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe.

Major: B.S. Elementary Education w/ English endorsement

My name is Lapit Teminah which translates to “two hearts” in my traditional Nimiipuu language. I am a direct descendant of chief twisted hair who befriended the Lewis and Clark expedition. I am a father, friend, and mentor. I enjoy hunting, fishing, traveling, and most of all powwows.

I wish to become a teacher to help the youth succeed to their full potential in my community.

Teminah Greene
Teminah Greene

(Chrystyna) Toneekia Hernandez

I am an enrolled member of the Shoshone Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley .

Major: M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction plus certification in Secondary Education w/ English endorsement

Toneekia Hernandez
Toneekia Hernandez

Calleigh LaFountaine

I am an enrolled member of the Colville Tribes.

Major: M.Ed. plus certification in Secondary Education w/ Sociology/Anthropology and Psychology endorsements

I am from Coulee Dam, WA. I am studying to get my master’s degree in Education to become a secondary education teacher. I am becoming a teacher because education is the foundation of success and a lifelong learning process.

Education should not be limited to classroom dictation and expectations. As an educator, I want to make a difference in education. Every child should have the opportunity to get the best education available no matter their economic status or race. By receiving a firm education, we pave the road toward future growth and development.

Calleigh LaFountaine
Calleigh LaFountaine

Abdean Smith

I am a member of the Ft. Belknap Indian Community - Assiniboine

Major: M.Ed. plus Certification in Secondary Education Sociology and History Endorsements

My name is Abdean Smith and I am a member of the Ft. Belknap Indian Community - Assiniboine. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Gonzaga University and I’m currently pursuing the M.Ed. plus Certification in Secondary Education Sociology and History Endorsements. I was raised in Spokane and recently moved to Western Washington to take a position as a Juvenile Tribal Court Coordinator. The IKEEP philosophy aligns closely with my beliefs and I want to use the tools of the program to provide leadership to current and upcoming generations.

Abdean Smith
Abdean Smith


Cohort 1


Christina Calkins

I am an enrolled member of the Colville Tribes.

Major: B.S. Elementary Education w/ literacy endorsement

I want to become a teacher because I want to help make a difference in the lives of as many children as I can. I believe all children should have the opportunity to receive the best education possible. I want to encourage and inspire students to reach their full potential and succeed in life.

Christina Calkins
Christina Calkins

Nicholas Eldredge

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe

Major: B.S. Secondary Education, w/ Biology and History endorsements

I want to be a teacher because it is a profession where you can truly enjoy every day helping young people learn and grow, and you are in a position to inspire someone to change the world for the better.

Nicholas Eldredge
Nicholas Eldredge

Jessica Matsaw

Member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes from Fort Hall, Idaho.

Major: M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction plus certification in Secondary Education w/ Sociology/Anthropology and Art endorsements

I am a mother, wife, daughter, big sister and nontraditional student at the University of Idaho. I want to become a teacher because within my tribal community, as well as many others, it is needed. I have gone into my academic journey in higher education with the upbringing of what can I bring back to my community. As a teacher, I want to implement traditional practices and perspectives into the classroom, working with students holistically, developing culturally relevant curriculum, and celebrating indigenous knowledge. I want to develop the skill set to interweave tribal oral tradition, storytelling, language, traditional artistry, and other traditional practices into a heavily westernized education system, having my classrooms reflect the students and communities I will serve. I want to participate in change within the academic institution so that Native American students will not feel the need to compromise any part of themselves in order to be successful in education.

Jessica Matsaw
Jessica Matsaw

Sienna Reuben

Member of the Nez Perce from Lapwai, Idaho.

Major: M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction plus certification in Secondary Education w/ Sociology/Anthropology and English endorsements

It is important for me to develop this experience of being a teacher so that I can create and or help be a part of that change in western education to strengthen our future generations. My future goal is to return to my community and be a part of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee (NPTEC) and assure a better education that effectively accommodates to both western and indigenous knowledge systems.

Sienna Reuben
Sienna Reuban

Lucas Thomas 

Member of the Shoshone-Paiute tribe.

Major: B.S., Physical Education and Health, K–12 Certification

The reason I want to be a teacher is because I want to be able to make an impact on my native community through sports and physical education. My past coaches/teachers have inspired me to do what they do. They have had a positive influence on the community. I want to do the same by spreading the importance of education, culture/tradition, and physical education from native youth to elders.

Lucas Thomas
Lucas Thomas

Camille Irene Wynecoop

Member of the Spokane Tribe

Major: M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction w/ K–8 Elementary certification

I am the daughter of Benjamin Arthur Sr. and the late Constance Denice (Lowley) Arthur. And a granddaughter to the late Joshua and Hazel (Hayes) Arthur and Raymond and Irene “Marie” (Seltice) Lowley. I am a mother of five beautiful children (Rozalyn and Joshua Sanchez & Deviney, Sophia and David Wynecoop) four awesome step children (Marlo & Michelle Tonasket and David Wade and Valene Wynecoop) and grandmother to 15 beautiful and loving grandchildren, also a wife to my Loving husband David Clair Wynecoop Jr.

I graduated from Lapwai in 1986 and went off to pursue a certificate in Travel and Tourism in Minneapolis, MN and graduated in 1987. I would later would attend school at the University of Idaho obtaining my Bachelors of Science in the newest degree called the Blended Certification in a Prenatal to Grade 3 (Education), graduating in 2005. I would put my degree to use with a job as an infant teacher for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) until I was moved within department to oversee another program called “The Wrap Around Program” I would remain in that position for 5 years. There after holding many hats from 2009-to present from being a director of a before and after school program, PM kindergarten, summer program, infant program and a full day preschool for a private institute; Parent Educator; Substitute Teacher for K-12; Domestic Advocate.

Finally, I enrolled into the IKEEP program to pursue my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Idaho where I am still a student. I also am a Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholar.

Camille Wynecoop
Camille Wynecoop

Contacts

Project Manager

Physical Address:
Education Building
Room 203
921 Campus Drive MS 3080
Moscow, ID 83844-3080

Mailing Address:

University of Idaho
IKEEP-College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3080
Moscow, ID 83844-3080

Phone: 208-885-0175

Fax: 208-885-7607

Email: ikeep@uidaho.edu

Co-Principal Investigator

Phone: 208-885-0178

Email: vstevens@uidaho.edu

Co-Principal Investigator

Phone: 208-885-2468

Email: yobiz@uidaho.edu