Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy

...educating our children through language and culture.

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Vision: Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy (CTEA) will be an exemplary student-centered learning organization reflecting the Shoshone-Bannock values of deniwape, where culture is an indispensable resource – the very heart and soul of the school.  CTEA has three primary purposes: academics, bilingualism, and cultural enrichment.  In our one-way language immersion program, students who already speak English will be “immersed” in their Native language. CTEA envisions a place of learning where all students are given the opportunity to develop the intellectual skills and social capacities needed to lead successful lives.

Mission: The mission of CTEA is to provide every student the Power of Two. The Power of Two is the ability to speak, read, write and think in both English and another language. Students who have the Power of Two are better prepared to meet the challenges of a global society because they have these life advantages:

  • Enhanced cognitive skills
  • Greater success in cross-cultural communication
  • More career opportunities
  • Enhanced problem-solving skills
  • Preparation for the global economy
  • Increased academic achievement
  • We are losing the Shoshoni and Bannock languages and teaching children early is the Tribes' best alternative for preservation.
  • Our children are not achieving their full potential due to a disconnect from their heritage languages and culture.
  • Language and cultural revitalization is needed to strengthen and build our tribal community.
  • Teaching language and culture positively correlates with American Indian student retention rates and academic success.
  • Stimulates and develops the imagination and critical thinking;
  • Refines cognitive and creative skills;
  • Strengthens problem solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and future school success;
  • Develops a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal setting - skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond;
  • Builds self-confidence and self-discipline;
  • Plays a central role in cognitive, motor, languages, and social and emotional development;
  • Motivates and engages children in learning.
  • Free public schools that are open to all students;
  • Approved by the State of Idaho to operate as an accredited public school;
  • Uses innovative methods of instruction;
  • Provides choices for families and greater accountability for results;
  • Parents and teachers choose charter schools primarily for educational reasons, high academic standards, innovative approaches, and educational philosophies that are in align with their own.
Board of Directors
  • Velda Racehorse, Chair
  • Alex Alvarez, Treasurer
  • Nancey Eschief Murillo, Secretary
  • Merceline Boyer, Member
  • Maxine Edmo, Member
  • Belma Colter, Member
  • Leslie St. Claire, Member
  • Legal Counsel
  • Jeanette Wolfley, Esq.
  • Ex-Offico Board Members
  • Beverly Klug, Ed.D
  • Administrative Staff
  • Joel F. Weaver, M.Ed.
  • Director of School Programs
  • Cyd Crue, Ph.D.
    Coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction
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