Shiwi Ts'ana Elementary School

“Home of the greatest Students, Educators, and Families”


To empower our community of learners through education by living and up holding A:shiwi Core Values.


Shiwi Ts’ana Elementary (STE) is committed to promoting each student’s potential and building the skills necessary for becoming a responsible, respectful, and productive citizen. STE staff recognized the tremendous responsibility we encounter daily and we will work on developing and maintaining a positive school environment. As a Professional Learning Community, educators and staff will recognize that our school improvement goals are to include culturally relevant curriculum and strive to align our school improvement efforts with the Zuni Public School District organizational priorities:


1. Improve the quality of learning & achievement for all students.

2. Schools operating as part of the larger community: Parental Involvement

3. Support strategies for most in need students.

4. Building relational trust and lateral capacity through collaboration and networking.

5. Transforming schools through professional development, recognition and support.

Ryan Dashner


Native American Day 2018

Zuni Language Project - "Udena:we"

By: Ms. Tsethlikai's 4th Grade Class


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.

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Ryan Dashner

Austin Clawson
Assistant Principal

Janis Bowekaty
Assistant Principal

Kayla Lesarlley
Principal's Administrative Assistant

38 Highway 301 North

P.O. Drawer D

Zuni, New Mexico  87327

Ph: (505) 782-4441

Ph: (505) 782-4442

Ph: (505) 782-4443

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Fx: (505) 782-2600

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


8:00 am - 2:45 pm