Staff

MEET THE STAFF

Mrs. Cindy Harper is the SY22-23 interim principal.

Ms. Nelson is our Kindergarten teacher. She is of the Towering House clan (kinyaanii) born to the Hopi (a yaa kini’), and her maternal grandfather is Salt clan (ashii hi). She previously worked for Navajo Head Start, in the Fort Defiance Agency, for 16 years as center Supervisor and Head Teacher. She attended the University of New Mexico – Gallup Branch, in Early Childhood Development. She has taught at Hilltop since 2006.

Mrs. Sara Everett is our 1st grade teacher. She is originally from Joshua Tree, CA. She has taught almost every grade in Christian schools, but prefers the early grades because this is the foundation for learning. She currently holds teaching credentials in Iowa, California and with ACSI. She has taught at Hilltop since 2014.

Liliya Rubanenko is our second grade teacher. She was born and raised in Washington state. Miss Rubanenko attended Washington State University and graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She has taught at Hilltop since 2019.

Mr. Roger Everett is our 3rd grade teacher and faculty administrator. Mr. Everett was an elementary principal in Christian schools for 30 years. Before that he taught in Kijabe, Kenya, for two years. He has taught at Hilltop since 2014.

Mrs. Wendy Peshlakai is our 4th grade teacher. She is originally from New York State and has been on the Navajo reservation for over thirty years. Ms. Peshlakai received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Buffalo State College. She has taught periodically at Hilltop since 2012.

Mrs. Laura Naas is our 5th grade teacher. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies/Missions from Calvary University in Kansas City, MO. She has taught library, computer, and 5-7th grades at Hilltop since 2016.

Mr. Albert Race is our 6th grade teacher. Mr. Race received his Bachelor’s of Science in Statistics/Economics from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO.

Miss June Shroyer has been our Music Teacher since 2001. She received her Masters of Education degree from Southern Oregon College, then taught 20 years in public school before coming to work with Navajo children.

Mrs. Sharon Maus is our librarian. She and her family have been serving with Across Nations since 2019.

Ms. Sandra Largo has been our school secretary since 2011.

Mr. Brandon Nelson has been our school custodian since 2014.