Durena Thompson

Durena Thompson was sworn-in as a member of the Board of Regents for the San Carlos Apache College in February 2019. Here is Regent Durena Thompson’s biography in her own words:

Dagoteh, Durena Thompson gonsee. I am Ténádoljagé (“descending into the water peaks”) on my mother’s side and Dziłt’aadn (“foot of the mountain people”) on my father’s side. Robert Lewis Jr. and I have four children; John, Nikki, Bobby, and Jody, as well as three grandchildren. I am the daughter of Darlene Swift-Chapman and the late Emanuel Thompson Sr. I am forever grateful to the late Norman Chapman, my step father, who supported my mother in raising me. My grandparents on my mother’s side are the late Luceva (Mull) and Earnest Swift. My grandparents on my father’s side are the late Agnes (Victor) and Joseph Thompson.

“I work for the Tribal Education Program as an Education Manager. I am tasked to support the Head Start Program as well as coordinating the Ndeh Nation-One People-One Nation Native American Language grant. Working with Head Start has made me realize that even in infancy efforts are being made to begin teaching infants, toddlers, and pre-school children to be socially and emotionally independent in preparation for kindergarten. These teaching practices are done mostly through play.

“In January 2019, I was sworn into the San Carlos School Board as well as being involved in the first school board meeting. This past February 5th, I was sworn into the Apache College Board of Regents. I am excited to be supporting the educational endeavors of our community at all levels of education including the implementation of the Apache Language in our schools and community.

“I am thankful and grateful for all the blessings God has provided for me. I truly believe he is the director of my life and I am where I am today because of him. I will work diligently with my colleagues in building bridges to support our community’s efforts in prioritizing education at all levels. I look forward to this new adventure.”