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Michelle M. Parada

Native American Heritage Month: 2011 Honoree

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Video published October 26, 2011 | Download MP4 | View transcript

Above: KPBS celebrates cultural diversity in partnership with Union Bank by honoring Michelle Parada during Native American Heritage Month 2011.

Michelle M. Parada is the co-founder and lead teacher of All Tribes American Indian Charter School. Ms.Parada grew up on the Rincon Reservation and was one of only three students to graduate from Orange Glen High School’s class of 1984. She was also the first Native American student to graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with an agricultural education degree. It was her education that helped shape her life’s mission of making sure students receive the necessary resources to ensure their success.

Since 2001, All Tribes Charter School has provided culturally focused assistance to reduce the dropout rates among Native American students in San Diego by graduating 46 high school seniors to date. Ms. Parada has been a recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 2010 Educator of the Year from the National Indian Education Association and San Diego’s 10News Leadership Award.

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