SAIO 50 for 50: Valerie Siow
This Week's Spotlight: Valerie Siow ('02, B.A. American Studies)
Siow (Pueblo of Laguna) is the Fellowship Director at the NACA Inspired Schools Network, where she collaborates with Indigenous communities in New Mexico, Colorado, California, South Dakota and Minnesota to transform education by designing mission-driven schools where Indigenous language and culture are primary and Indigenous genius is uplifted in all aspects of schooling.
Siow’s nineteen years as an educator includes teaching elementary in the Albuquerque Public Schools district (APS), where she co-wrote a comprehensive and rigorous Native Literature middle school curriculum, and middle school at the Native American Community Academy, a public charter school in Albuquerque focused on holistic wellness, cultural identity and college preparation. Siow has served as a curriculum writer and advisor for several projects, including the New Mexico Public Education Department’s Indigenous New Mexico Curriculum Initiative and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s Indigenous Wisdom Project.
Siow has served as the President of the Laguna Department of Education School Board, a member of Laguna Pueblo’s Education Priority Team, which developed a strategic plan for education in Laguna, and Project Coordinator of the Laguna Keres Language Revitalization Initiative which launched LagunaPOV, a web-based tool for tribal members to access language media.
Of the many hats she wears, being a hockey mom to her nine-year old son is her favorite by far. In addition to her Stanford degree, Siow holds a master’s in elementary education from the University of New Mexico.