Our People

Regional Coordinators

Regional Coordinators publicize and host AIMC events in their communities, look for opportunities and potential matters of concern to report to the Directors, co-present sessions as time allows, reach out to elders and community leaders to seek wisdom and guidance to make sure our work is impactful, humble, and respectful. Regional Coordinators are the front lines in sustaining the trust that AIMC’s work depends on.
Dawnlei Hunter Ben

Regional Coordinator

Ya’ateeh (Hello) Dawnlei is Naa’neeshte’zhi Ta’chiinii (Red Running Through the Water-Zuni Division) clan. Born for Naakai Diné (Wondering People) clan. Her maternal grandfathers are Tódi’chii’nii (Bitter Water) clan and her paternal grandfathers are Tótso’nii (Big Water) clan. She is from Tse’zhin Na’stlah Tse’yidi (Canyon DeChelly) in Chinle Arizona. This is how she is known and relates to her Diné (Navajo) People and to all creations of Mother Earth and Father Sky. Dawnlei is an Instructor of Indigenous Science at Dzil Dit’loií School of Empowerment, Action, and Perseverance (DEAP) in Navajo, NM. Dawnlei helped coordinate and implement Diné philosophy in local math circles, festivals, teacher professional development, and math camps for Math Circles on the Navajo Reservation before leaving for school to continue her education in 2016. Dawnlei returned in 2018 with her masters in Educational Technology and wants to continue her work on implementing Native American Philosophy in AIMC. email: hayolkal@gmail.com
Dawnlei Hunter Ben
Beth Cammarata

Regional Coordinator

Ya’ateeh (Hello) Dawnlei is Naa’neeshte’zhi Ta’chiinii (Red Running Through the Water-Zuni Division) clan. Born for Naakai Diné (Wondering People) clan. Her maternal grandfathers are Tódi’chii’nii (Bitter Water) clan and her paternal grandfathers are Tótso’nii (Big Water) clan. She is from Tse’zhin Na’stlah Tse’yidi (Canyon DeChelly) in Chinle Arizona. This is how she is known and relates to her Diné (Navajo) People and to all creations of Mother Earth and Father Sky. Dawnlei is an Instructor of Indigenous Science at Dzil Dit’loií School of Empowerment, Action, and Perseverance (DEAP) in Navajo, NM. Dawnlei helped coordinate and implement Diné philosophy in local math circles, festivals, teacher professional development, and math camps for Math Circles on the Navajo Reservation before leaving for school to continue her education in 2016. Dawnlei returned in 2018 with her masters in Educational Technology and wants to continue her work on implementing Native American Philosophy in AIMC. email: hayolkal@gmail.com
Beth Cammarata
Donna Fernandez

Regional Coordinator

Donna Fernandez, M. Ed, is a National Board Certified Teacher of Mathematics for Adolescents and Young Adults. She is an experienced secondary math teacher in Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, and International Baccalaureate (IB) Math Studies. She holds a Master of Education degree in Advanced Teaching, holds a BA in Mathematics and a BA in Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis. Donna is a member of the Pomo tribe from the Elem Indian Colony in Clearlake, CA. She taught math at Navajo Preparatory School, an authorized IB World School offering the Diploma Program in New Mexico since 2009. She is currently an instructor of Computers for College and Career Readiness at Piner High School in Santa Rosa, CA.

It has been my pleasure to bring AIMC Math Circle Summer Camps to Navajo Preparatory School since 2017.
email: dfernandez@navajoprep.com

Donna Fernandez
LaVerne Lomakema

Regional Coordinator

Hello. My name is LaVerne Lomakema. I am Hopi and Navajo from the village of Lower Mungapi near Tuba City, Arizona. My clan is Pipwungwa (Tobacco Clan). Ta’neeszahnii bashishchiin dóó Bii’bitoohnii dashinalí. I am a mathematics instructor at Hopi Jr/Sr High School in Keams Canyon, Arizona located on the Hopi Reservation. I also serve as a dual-enrollment mathematics instructor for Northland Pioneer College. It is a pleasure serving as a Math Circles Regional Coordinator.
LaVerne Lomakema
James Taylor

Regional Coordinator

Mr. James Taylor is the Director of the New Mexico Math Circles Collaborative and a retired teacher of mathematics from the Santa Fe Preparatory School (Santa Fe, NM). James has worked with math circles and math festivals for nearly a decade. James serves the New Mexico region broadly. email: jtaylor@sfprep.org
james taylor
Craig Young

Regional Coordinator

Yá’át’ééh shik’éí dóó shidine’é. Shí éí Craig M. Young yinishyé. Honágháahnii nishłį́​, Kin łichii’nii bashishchiin, T ł ‘ááshchí’í dashicheii dóó Nát’oh dine’é Táchii’nii dashinalí. I am the Math Circle Academy Coordinator and Instructor at Tuba City Boarding School. Currently, I teach Mathematics and Sciences at the Thunderbird Academy at Tuba City Boarding School. I have served in the United States Marine Corps and have participated in educating adult learners at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado and high school students with an Upward Bound Program as well as a number of other community outreach projects that empower our youth and mold young minds. I have devoted my life to helping underserved students and making their education positively meaningful and enjoyable. Craig serves the Central/North Central Arizona region. email: craig.young@bie.edu
Craig Young
Scott Freeman

Regional Coordinator

Shi-o I am Scott Freeman originally from Illinois, but have lived in Western North Carolina since 1993. In 2001 I started teaching at Cherokee Central School, part of the Eastern Band Cherokee nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains. Originally I taught in middle school as a special education teacher, but for the past 8 years have been teaching high school math. I am part of a Teacher Math Circle, Smoky Mountain Math Circle. I am the STEM after-school teacher. I work with Drone programming and building; also 3D design and improving the 3D printer. I am married with four boys and love hiking the mountains and taking photographs of landscapes. My email is scott.freeman@cc-nc.org

Scott Freeman
Dawnlei Hunter Ben

Dawnlei Hunter Ben

Ya’ateeh (Hello) Dawnlei is Naa’neeshte’zhi Ta’chiinii (Red Running Through the Water-Zuni Division) clan. Born for Naakai Diné (Wondering People) clan. Her maternal grandfathers are Tódi’chii’nii (Bitter Water) clan and her paternal grandfathers are Tótso’nii (Big Water) clan. She is from Tse’zhin Na’stlah Tse’yidi (Canyon DeChelly) in Chinle Arizona. This is how she is known and relates to her Diné (Navajo) People and to all creations of Mother Earth and Father Sky.

Dawnlei is an Instructor of Indigenous Science at Dzil Dit’loií School of Empowerment, Action, and Perseverance (DEAP) in Navajo, NM. Dawnlei helped coordinate and implement Diné philosophy in local math circles, festivals, teacher professional development, and math camps for Math Circles on the Navajo Reservation before leaving for school to continue her education in 2016. Dawnlei returned in 2018 with her masters in Educational Technology and wants to continue her work on implementing Native American Philosophy in AIMC.
email: hayolkal@gmail.com

Beth Cammarata

Beth Cammarata

Ya’ateeh (Hello) Dawnlei is Naa’neeshte’zhi Ta’chiinii (Red Running Through the Water-Zuni Division) clan. Born for Naakai Diné (Wondering People) clan. Her maternal grandfathers are Tódi’chii’nii (Bitter Water) clan and her paternal grandfathers are Tótso’nii (Big Water) clan. She is from Tse’zhin Na’stlah Tse’yidi (Canyon DeChelly) in Chinle Arizona. This is how she is known and relates to her Diné (Navajo) People and to all creations of Mother Earth and Father Sky.

Dawnlei is an Instructor of Indigenous Science at Dzil Dit’loií School of Empowerment, Action, and Perseverance (DEAP) in Navajo, NM. Dawnlei helped coordinate and implement Diné philosophy in local math circles, festivals, teacher professional development, and math camps for Math Circles on the Navajo Reservation before leaving for school to continue her education in 2016. Dawnlei returned in 2018 with her masters in Educational Technology and wants to continue her work on implementing Native American Philosophy in AIMC.
email: hayolkal@gmail.com

Donna Fernandez

Donna Fernandez

Ms. Donna Fernandez is an accomplished teacher of mathematics at Navajo Preparatory Academy and a MESA Coordinator. She is of the Pomo and resides in Farmington, New Mexico and sometimes in California. Donna coordinates the Four Corners Math Teachers’ Circle workshops. Donna serves the Four Corners region (AZ, CO, NM, UT).
email: dfernandez@navajoprep.com

LaVerne Lomakema

LaVerne Lomakema

Ms. Donna Fernandez is an accomplished teacher of mathematics at Navajo Preparatory Academy and a MESA Coordinator. She is of the Pomo and resides in Farmington, New Mexico and sometimes in California. Donna coordinates the Four Corners Math Teachers’ Circle workshops. Donna serves the Four Corners region (AZ, CO, NM, UT).
email: dfernandez@navajoprep.com

james taylor

James Taylor

Mr. James Taylor is the Director of the New Mexico Math Circles Collaborative and a retired teacher of mathematics from the Santa Fe Preparatory School (Santa Fe, NM). James has worked with math circles and math festivals for nearly a decade. James serves the New Mexico region broadly.
email: jtaylor@sfprep.org

Craig Young

Craig Young

Yá’át’ééh shik’éí dóó shidine’é. Shí éí Craig M. Young yinishyé. Honágháahnii nishłį́​, Kin łichii’nii bashishchiin, T ł ‘ááshchí’í dashicheii dóó Nát’oh dine’é Táchii’nii dashinalí. I am the Math Circle Academy Coordinator and Instructor at Tuba City Boarding School. Currently, I teach Mathematics and Sciences at the Thunderbird Academy at Tuba City Boarding School.
I have served in the United States Marine Corps and have participated in educating adult learners at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado and high school students with an Upward Bound Program as well as a number of other community outreach projects that empower our youth and mold young minds. I have devoted my life to helping underserved students and making their education positively meaningful and enjoyable. Craig serves the Central/North Central Arizona region.
email: craig.young@bie.edu

Scott Freeman

Scott Freeman

Yá’át’ééh shik’éí dóó shidine’é. Shí éí Craig M. Young yinishyé. Honágháahnii nishłį́​, Kin łichii’nii bashishchiin, T ł ‘ááshchí’í dashicheii dóó Nát’oh dine’é Táchii’nii dashinalí. I am the Math Circle Academy Coordinator and Instructor at Tuba City Boarding School. Currently, I teach Mathematics and Sciences at the Thunderbird Academy at Tuba City Boarding School.
I have served in the United States Marine Corps and have participated in educating adult learners at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado and high school students with an Upward Bound Program as well as a number of other community outreach projects that empower our youth and mold young minds. I have devoted my life to helping underserved students and making their education positively meaningful and enjoyable. Craig serves the Central/North Central Arizona region.
email: craig.young@bie.edu