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Dr. Elvira Bitsoi Largie (NM '96)

Post Doctoral Fellow

Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY

At the time of the Award, Dr. Elvira Bitsoi Largie was:

Naschitti Elementary School
Sheep Springs, NM

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary

Biographical Information

Dr. Elvira Bitsoi Largie is executive director of the Navajo Education Technology Consortium, which offers hundreds of standards-based, multimedia lessons covering major subject areas, taught in three languages: Navajo, English and Spanish. Largie was previously a bilingual specialist for the Gallup McKinley County Schools in Gallup, Newcomb Middle School in Newcomb, and at Naschitti Elementary School in Sheepsprings. "I felt that I could be instrumental in the education of Native American students since I was familiar with the cultures and the needs that they exhibited," says Largie. At Naschitti, Largie developed and implemented the school's Navajo/English bilingual education program, teaching concepts and content in both languages and in a culturally relevant manner. Largie's classrooms have frequently served as models to other educators working with Navajo students. In a parallel effort to improve the language proficiency and test scores of the student population she served, Largie also helped to implement Title 9 Indian Education Projects at her school. In January, 1996, the Navajo Nation bestowed upon Largie the honor of Navajo Fellow.

Additional Information


1992 University of New Mexico, B.A.

Academics, Bilingual Education, Conflict Management, Early Child Development, Extracurricular Activities, Local Culture(s), Math, National Standards, Portfolio Assessment, Professional Development