Bilingual Education

Message from the Bilingual/Title III Program Director,


At Zuni Public Schools we are committed to providing language support that meets the individual needs of all our students.  We will provide opportunities for students to become multilingual and focused attention on the Zuni language being used regularly on all of our campuses. We believe that students will better understand their own history and culture when they have a firm grasp on their language.


Ryan Dashner

Bilingual Program Director

Mr. Dashner grew up and attended school in a small community in Southern Indiana.  After graduating college with a degree in Elementary Education he returned home and taught 5th grade in his home town of Washington, Indiana. 


After serving several years as a classroom teacher, Mr. Dashner decided to expand his horizons and moved to Namibia, Africa to work with schools, building computer labs and training teachers how to use technology in the classroom.


In 2010 Mr. Dashner returned to the United States and moved to Gallup, NM.  He he took over Indian Hills Elementary School in 2013 and under the state’s grading system he improved Indian Hills’ school grade from an F to an A.  Mr. Dashner is a strong believer in public education and believes that schools can and will improve their performance when they focus on always doing what is best for every student!


In his spare time Mr. Dashner enjoys spending time with his wife Kristen, a principal in Gallup and their two sons.  He also enjoys almost every kind of outdoor activity including mountain biking, skiing, hiking, climbing and kayaking.

Ryan Dashner

Director of Bilingual Education

10 Sandy Springs Road

PO Drawer A

Zuni, NM 87327


Ph: (505) 782-4441


Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm