We have a fantastic team of caring and supportive instructors. All NTU staff are passionate about making a difference in students lives, through their tireless dedication and drive to shape the human mind. Get to know our committed team and their role in continuing our tradition of academic excellence. We welcome and support them for their commitment to our students
Here at A:shiwi College and Career Readiness Services, we offer our students a comprehensive learning environment, filled with academic support and educational services. Ever since we got our start in 2018. A:shiwi College & Career Readiness Center has been instilling knowledge in students from all over. Our faculty will go the extra mile to give our students the tools needed to grow and succeed. At ACCRC-NTU, we believe that our campus is an important part of the Zuni community. We strive for excellence by offering an engaging curriculum as well as numerous outreach opportunities.
Reynelle Lowsayatee has been an Early Childhood Educator for twenty years with the Zuni Public School District. She received her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of New Mexico. Currently, she is a Doctoral Candidate in the Education Leadership and Policy Program from the University of New Mexico. Reynelle's passion is teaching all age groups and validating the Shiwi language and culture. She currently is the Director of Instruction and Applied Indigenous Studies and an adjunct professor for A:shiwi College and Career Readiness Center.
Bobbie Shack has been an educator for over 15 years. She has her Bachelor's of Arts in English from the University of Utah, a Master's of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a graduate certificate for Secondary Education from Western New Mexico University, and is licensed through NM Public Education Department as a Level III Instructional Coach with endorsements in Language Arts, TESOL, and Gifted Education. Bobbie taught high school before transitioning to post-secondary education for higher education institutions like CNM Community College, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, UNM Continuing Education, UNM-Gallup as well as Navajo Tech for ACCRC. Most recently, Bobbie served as the English department for a small charter school in Gallup called Middle College High School, and now she is the Director of Student Services for ACCRC. When she's not busy working, she enjoys spending time with her children and family and attempting to improve her green thumb by tending to her small vegetable garden.
Belinda Tsabetsaye has been an Early Childhood Educator and Title III/Bilingual Programs Coordinator for thirty plus
years with the Zuni Public School District. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a
Master’s degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education with a TESOL endorsement from the University of New
Mexico. Belinda is licensed through NM Public Education Department with a 520 Native Language and Culture Certification. She is also certified as a Developmental Specialist II with the Children, Youth, and Families Department.
She is currently the Coordinator for the Zuni Language Program and an
adjunct professor at A:shiwi College and Career Readiness Center.
Steve Kostelecky has taught at the middle-and-high school levels as an assistant instructor for nearly forty years. He has worked as a Teaching Assistant and conducted discussion groups for Western Civilization, American History, History of Foreign Relations, and History of the Holocaust and taught Modern American History and developed a class called “Democracy and Demagogues” while enrolled at the University of New Mexico. At A:shiwi College and Career Readiness Center he has taught both Early and Modern American History. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors, a Master’s Degree, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate, all from the History Department at the University of New Mexico. He enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with his family in Zuni.
Tribhuban (Trib) Choudhary
Tribhuban (Trib) Choudhary has been an Adjunct Faculty for last 30 years. He has been teaching Math, Stat and Economics at the Navajo Technical University; at the University of New Mexico, Gallup Branch; and at the Dine College Window Rock Center. Before moving to the United States Trib was Head Master (Principal) of a High School in Nepal. In the United States Trib was employed as a Principal Economic Development Specialist with the Division of Economic Development of the Navajo Nation where he prepared a number of documents based upon research works many of which can be made available by googling Trib Choudhary. Trib has a Master's Degree in Economics and Planning from the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon and another Master's Degree from the Patrice Lumumba Peoples' Friendship University, Moscow, the then USSR. A couple of years ago, Trib was selected as Teacher of the Month by the Gallup Sun.
Laurie Small Waisted Bear-Smith
Laurie Small Waisted Bear-Smith, a 30 year educator, has taught in three different states: South Dakota, Montana and New Mexico. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education as well as her English Endorsement and subsequent MAT English Teaching at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana where she also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Since returning to New Mexico to teach in 2013, she earned her TESOL endorsement along with her Level III Master Teacher Certificate. Previous to her return to New Mexico, Smith served as a National Writing Project/Montana Writing Project Teacher Consultant in addition to serving a 4-year term on the National Writing Project's English Language Learner Advisory Team. Smith also served as a Montana University System Writing Assessment Teacher Trainer and Scorer as well as an Indian Education for All Teacher Consultant and Professional Development Specialist both statewide and nationally. Along with her work as an A:shiwi adjunct, Smith is also a full-time Zuni High School English teacher who teaches both ELA III and Dual Credit classes. A 22 year fitness instructor veteran, Smith. an avid runner and health enthusiast, shares her little casita on the mesa with her calico cat, Coco, who wants nothing more than a dish full of kibble and a tummy rub.
Gilbert Kallestewa Jr.
Gilbert Kallestewa Jr. serves as the primary instructor to all things computer-related. His educational credentials and technical expertise has allowed students to gain an understanding of computer technology at a foundational level as well as coursework specific to Information Technology and Business Communication Information Systems.
Ryan Gomito is an instructor that teaches Psychology courses for ACCRC. He has served the community for the past year.
Michael Williams has taught Chemistry and Mathematics for four years at UNM – Gallup. What he enjoys most about teaching is figuring out different ways to help people understand concepts. He also enjoys the work that goes into developing new courses and trying out different books, online platforms, in-class teaching styles, and approaches to testing. Michael thinks that learning is cemented through frequent and regular contact with the material and through rigorous problem solving. He has a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico. He is a Chemist Supervisor at the New Mexico State Lab in the Toxicology Bureau – Drug Confirmation Section. Michael is grateful for the opportunity to join Ashiwi College as an Adjunct Faculty.