Family and Child Education (FACE)

Family and Child Education

Home Based

Families with Children who are prenatal to 5 years old receive a visit in their home every week or two.  Home-based educators respect parents and other caregivers, and help them to be the first and most important teachers for their children.  Each visit includes:  age-specific information about parenting issues, family well-being, child development, and an educational activity between the parent and the child that is often adapted to emphasize the local culture and language. 

Home-based parents are invited to a group meeting at least once a month.  They hear speakers on topics related to family well-being, development-centered parenting, parent-child interaction, make books and toys for their children that often include the local culture and language, participate in parent-child activities, get to know the school-based FACE staff, and learn to feel good about being a part of the school.

Center Based

The educational program for the 3 to 5 year old children focuses on literacy development, particularly pre-reading skills, like letter identification, the sound and letter connections, vocabulary development and learning to love books, stories and language.  Children also learn to work together, make wise choices, solve problems, follow directions, and many other skills that will help them to be good students.  The native culture and language are essential components of the learning environment, teaching practices and curriculum. 

While the children are receiving their educational services, the parents are busy working toward their own learning goals in several areas:  education, employment, and personal and family life.  Parents often want more knowledge of their culture and language so they can share this knowledge with their children.  They also want to learn how to use computers for their careers or to obtain a job, so technology skills are a major focus in the classroom. 

Ronald Painter
FACE Adult Instructor

Hello, I am the Face Adult Education Instructor for the Face Program. My passion is to assist others to achieve there goals. I have taught Adult Education and High School students for over 8 years. I have a Bachelors of Science Degree and will complete my Masters Degree in Post-Secondary;Higher Education at the end of the year. I have two adult sons and a 15 year old daughter, enjoy being active and fit, and am a fan of both the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Cardinals. I look forward to serving and assisting the Gila River Indian Community. 

Leah Lewis
FACE Parent Educator

Hello, my name is Leah Lewis.  I am a member of the Gila River Indian Community and a resident of District 7. I am happily married and have one daughter who attends Gila Crossing. I am a Parent Educator for the FACE Program. This is my first year working for the FACE program; however, I have been through the program with my daughter.  I’ve been very successful because of the program. I received my early childhood degree in May of 2013.  This year, I plan to use my skills and knowledge of the Face program as a Parent Home Base Educator.  I look forward to    restoring all the FACE components in the program. 


Molina Suer
FACE Preschool Teacher

My name is Molina Suer.  I was born in Shiprock, New Mexico.  I have lived in the four corners area all my life, except for the five years I attended college in Lincoln, Nebraska.  I’ve been in the educational field for twelve years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education.  I have taught Kindergarten through second grade in a Multi-age classroom for ten years.  This is my second year with the FACE Early Childhood program.  I have four beautiful daughters, two of whom attend Gila Crossing.  I enjoy spending time with my family, jogging, scrapbooking, reading, watching movies, and going to Diamondbacks baseball games.  I truly enjoy being part of the children’s growth and development. 







My Name is Kristin Yazzie.  I was born in Gallup, New Mexico.  I have lived on the Gila River Indian  Community for more than half my life.  I have been working in the education field for ten years teaching preschool through first grade.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare  Management and am half way through my Master’s Degree in Public Health.  My passion is Early Childhood Education so I’ve recently decided to obtain a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with an Endorsement in Special Education.  I have 4  wonderful children of my own.  We love spending time with family, are big on sports, and love to travel.  I am a big advocate for the FACE since  obtaining my GED through the program in 2003.  I am honored to be able to give back to the community and excited to be a part of keeping the circle strong. 


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