New Kituwah Academy Elementary

Language revitalization and cultural education

NKA Elementary

New Kituwah Academy provides a nurturing learning environment where students, staff, and families, and the community work in partnership to rekindle our language and to instill pride in being “Kituwah First”. New Kituwah Academy received AdvancEd Accreditation on January 22, 2015. 

Belief Statement:

  • “Kituwah First” is the primary focus of the Kituwah Academy. Cherokee language, culture, traditions, and history are the foundations of the school and its instructional programs.
  • The development of a second language enhances all areas of our students’ academic development. Challenging educational experiences are provided, in order to maximize brain development.
  • Instruction is student-centered, provided in a loving, nurturing environment. Learning occurs best when it is hands-on, experiential, and richly contextual.
  • The tradition of helping those who need help, Gadugi, will inspire a sense of community and instill cultural pride in our students.
    Parents and families have the first responsibility in education. Strong parental commitment is essential in reaching our vision of producing fluent speakers.
  • The fluent speaking community is the heart and soul of AniKituwagi. Without the language, we cease to exist at Kituwah people.

Program Statement:
As the cultural and Cherokee language campus for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, New Kituwah Academy Immersion Program will teach and guide our youth to completely embrace our near extinct Cherokee language and the traditional ways of our ancestors, which will instill a deeper sense of pride and renewed sense of determination to be successful. Our students will have the knowledge to translate traditional skills and Cherokee lifeways that have helped the tribe persevere through many periods of hardships over the centuries. These skills will foster stronger individuals, a stronger sense of community, and an embracement of modern ways, without giving up tribal sovereignty or tradition.

The preservation of our heritage language and traditions, strengthens the seven distinct Cherokee communities. Through the relationships, education and mentoring between our elders and teachers our students will exemplify the purest form of leadership. They will be “Kituwah First” leaders who are invested in the community and model enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, guiding the tribe into the future.

Calendar

2019-2020 NKA Elementary Calendar

 

Breakfast & Lunch Menu

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New Kituwah Academy Board of Trustees

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Meet Our Staff

Charlie Bigwitch

Charlie Bigwitch

Language Specialist

Rainy Brake

Rainy Brake

Kituwah Academy Teacher

Frances Brooks

Frances Brooks

Kituwah Academy Teacher

Kristen Driver

Kristen Driver

Kituwah Academy Teacher

Juliette Ferguson

Juliette Ferguson

Kituwah Academy Teacher

Landon French

Landon French

Kituwah Physical Education Teacher

Samantha Hernandez

Samantha Hernandez

Kituwah Special Education Teacher

Kathy Johnson

Kathy Johnson

Language Specialist

David Jumper

David Jumper

Language Specialist

Jessica Metz

Jessica Metz

Kituwah Academy Teacher

Kelly Murphy

Kelly Murphy

Language Specialist

LeeAnn Panther

LeeAnn Panther

Language Specialist Assistant

Katlin Roberts

Katlin Roberts

Kituwah Academy Teacher

Brittany Welch

Brittany Welch

Kituwah Academy Teacher

Garrett Scholberg

Garrett Scholberg

Kituwah Arts Education Teacher

Crystal Carpenter

Crystal Carpenter

Elementary Principal

Irene Smoker

Irene Smoker

Language Specialist

Joseph Toineeta

Joseph Toineeta

Language Specialist Assistant