Meet the Staff



The NAEP staff work directly with Native American students and their families, as well as the educators and administrators in the Amphitheater district to promote a positive academic environment. The staff is also available  to offer cultural presentations to students and faculty.



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Kimberly Daingkau-Begay

Kimberly is of Kiowa (Tanedooah), Caddo (Kionut), and Pawnee (Chaui) Nations, born and raised in southwest Oklahoma. Kimberly received her BA degree in Political Science, minor in Pre-Law, from Fort Lewis College (FLC) in Durango, Colorado. As a student, she served as a CLRA certified tutor in the Program for Academic Advancement and received professional training in media to assist in the development of the Native American & Indigenous Studies Media Curriculum at FLC. Prior to NAEP, she served on the Title VII Parent Committee for Durango Public Schools, collaborated with the University of Oklahoma and FLC in 2008 for a nation-wide student symposium of American Indian Studies, and has experience in grant writing and financial advising in tribal affairs. Kimberly and her husband, Derwin, have two children and actively participate in traditional ceremonies. She has spoken at several events of her Native culture, including storytelling. In addition to being employed full-time, she is also a graduate student at the University of Arizona.


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Margaret Blaine

Margaret is a member of the Tohono O'Odham (Desert People) Nation and Seri linage and is also a fluent speaker of the Tohono O'Odham language. Prior to NAEP, Margaret was a Teacher Assistant with the Gila River Indian Community for Kindergarten, first, and second grade. She served as the Cultural Specialist for the Preschool program, instructing native language and preserving native culture. Through this capacity, she was instrumental in the grant writing for the Gila River Indian Community's Native Language Preschool curriculum. Margaret attended Pima Community College and Central Arizona College majoring in Early Childhood Education. She currently serves as District Representative for the Schuk Toak District of the Tohono O'Odham Nation.




Staff Calendar


 Thu-Fri, Nov 26-27
No School. NAEP office closed.



Tuesday, December 1

  • Parent Meetings
    • JOM, 6:00 pm
    • Title VII, 7:00 pm


Wednesday, December 2

  • AIEA General Mtg
    1833 W. Southern Ave
    Mesa, Arizona 85202


Saturday, December 5

  • Water is Life Native Youth Summit
    San Xavier District Admin Bldg
    2018 W. San Xavier Road
    Tucson, AZ 85746
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

  • NAEP Parent Fundraiser
    Tucson Tamal Festival
    AVA Amphitheater
    5655 West Valencia Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85757
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Thursday, December 10


Monday, December 14
(tentative date)

  • Family Winter Gathering
    Keeling Elementary School, MPR
    2837 N. Los Altos Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85705
    6:00-8:00 pm


Thursday, December 17

  • Last Day of 1st Semester


December 21 - January 1
No School. NAEP office closed.


Monday, January 4

  • School Resumes