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We inspire positive communication, collaboration and continued learning with holistic multicultural and multilingual connection for the educational families and communities.

  • We will expand growth mindset through strengths and innovative thought. 

  • We will provide prompt and accurate assistance at all times.

  • We will be responsive to community input and deliver programs and services that reflect their needs.

Welcome to ICO


Dr. Lopez-Martinez
Intercultural & Community Outreach Director
My name is Dr. Lopez-Martinez and I have been in education for 29 years. I have worked in the Farmington School District as a Kindergarten, Second Grade, and Bilingual teacher/Site Coordinator. I have also worked at Central Consolidated as a Second/Third Grade Looping Teacher, and Second Grade Bilingual teacher at Ruth N. Bond Elementary.   In addition I worked as the Principal of Newcomb Elementary of which we earned an award for Closing the Achievement Gap Among Minorities, and earned the prestigious award of a Blue Ribbon School. I then worked at Central Office for the Real Results Grant for a short period before transferring to Mesa Elementary for 3 years, during those 3 years the school advanced to B status from the State of New Mexico. I applied to Central Office as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and worked there for 2 years. Currently I am the  Director for Intercultural and Community Outreach which encompasses JOM, Bilingual-Multicultural, and Graduate Profile.

Dr. Berlinda Begay
Bilingual Multicultural Education Coordinator
My name is Dr. Berlinda Begay.  I am the Bilingual Multicultural Education Coordinator for the district.  I have been with the district for 7 years but in education for 20 plus years. My career history, background, and passion is in Navajo Bilingual education, bilingual multicultural education, Indigenous language revitalization, and advocacy in those areas.
Cheryl R. Benally
Bilingual Multicultural Education Coordinator
My name is Cheryl R. Benally and I work in the Intercultural and Community Outreach Department with Central Consolidated Schools.  I have worked at Kirtland Middle School for 6 years.  I was the English Language Development teacher before moving into another position with the administration as the Bilingual supervisor in 2019. The dimensions of being in the administrative environment provided greater opportunities to oversee programs that benefit our students and teachers.  I am grateful for this opportunity to explore and grow professionally to continue my work for the students and parents in the school district.   My dedication is working for the students to promote leadership and also engage in partnering with parents to be involved with their child’s education.  
My family is my pride and joy.  I enjoy traveling to new destinations and outdoor activities.  

Alicia Benavidez
Intercultural Success Coordinator
My name is Mrs. Alicia I attended the University of New Mexico where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico Highlands University. My professional highlights include teaching in the elementary, middle and high school settings.  I served as an Instructional Coach in Zuni Public Schools (ZPSD) for four years.   Prior to my time at ZPSD,  I taught at a dual language, expeditionary learning, college-prep school named Tierra Encantada Charter School.  I also worked at the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) for nine years.   My background there helped me administer programs in the Title I Bureau, Rural Education Bureau, and the state’s virtual school, called IDEAL NM.   Over the years, by interacting with most of the districts in New Mexico, I have developed a wealth of experiences in bilingual education, community-based learning, and 21st Century curriculum development.  As a result, I took a job that encompasses all of my experiences and now I work for the Central Consolidated Schools in the Intercultural and   Community Outreach Department.  As an Intercultural Success Coordinator, I oversee the Graduate Profile Initiative and supports other school community programs.

Elfreda H. Yazzie
Johnson O'Malley Program Supervisor
Yá’át’ééh. Elfreda Harvey-Yazzie yíníshyé, Táchii’nii nishli?´, Maa’iideeshgiizhinii báshíshchíín, Bit’ahnii dashicheii, Tótsohnii dashinálí. I am the Johnson O’Malley Supervisor for CCSD. My background has been in higher education, serving students for over 17 years as a mentor, advisor, faculty and director. Previous to this, I worked for the Navajo Nation for 10 years in various community program positions. Serving on various committees, a board, developing organizational partnerships, while continuing to be a strong advocate for student learning, are attributes and experiences that I value. My extra time is spent with my family and pursuing my educational goals.

Kathy Whiteley
Intercultural & Community Outreach Specialist
My name is Kathy R. Whiteley.  I have worked for Central Schools for more than 10 years.  I began my career with CCSD in the Human Resources Department, before transitioning to Safety and Compliance.  I currently work for the wonderful Intercultural & Community Outreach Department. Working in education has been a blessing for me, it has allowed for incredible professional growth and experience.  I reside in Kirtland, New Mexico.  My extra time is spent with my two beautiful daughters.

Rachel Brown
Cultural Specialist

I attended Arizona State University where I earned my Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education and currently attending Fort Lewis College pursuing her Masters in Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education. My professional highlights include teaching in the elementary and middle school settings. I have coached elementary sports - volleyball and basketball. I have been with CCSD for 4 years as the Cultural Specialist. My passion is Dine' Language and Culture because it's an important part of our students’ identity, self-worth and part of their learning.  I love to spend time with my family, running, working out and doing outdoor activities.
Mia Ceuntez
Intercultural & Community Outreach Clerk
Hello! I work with the Intercultural and Community Outreach Department. I have been with the district for 3 years now and I enjoy using my skills to contribute efforts in upholding our department goals. It is my personal goal to continue working on my education and to support my community in exceeding theirs.

Cultural Specialist Referral

Intercultural and Community Outreach Departments will use the documentation to fund this position and program. Click here to contact us!

Contact Us

Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Office: (505) 368-5177 or 
(505) 368-5175
Fax: (505) 368-5698