Jessica Nadeau is our Development Director and has over a decade of grant writing and fund development experience with small nonprofits in the Twin Cities metro area. 

Picture of Joe Rice, Executive Director of Nawayee Center School

Joe Rice (Choctaw) assumed the Executive Director position at Nawayee Center School in July 2001. He taught high school Science and Social Studies in South Dakota for 17 years, first at Little Wound High School on the Pine Ridge reservation for nine years, followed by eight... more

Mary Cullen grew up on the south side of Minneapolis where she still lives today. For the past twenty-four years she has taught, and continues to teach, at alternative schools in the Philips and Powderhorn communities. These schools all serve “at risk” youth. Over the years she has been involved... more

Meghan Hunkins , Nawayee Math Teacher

Meghan is our Math teacher and she either came to us or we found each other... as we were looking for a Math Teacher like her (compassionate, relational, knowledgeable ) and she was looking for a school like ours ( learning center as community). 

Patricia Welch (Cree/Ojibwe) has worked with Native Youth for the last 20 years. From the development and implementation of projects addressing gang intervention through theater, pregnancy prevention and tradional women's health for young women, Patricia is dedicated to the wellness of our... more

Phone (612)721-1655 ext. 14


Sue has worked with nonprofit organizations for many years, and she graduated from Loring Nicollet.  She is a proud Mother and Grandmother.



Victor, known around here at Nawayee as Rocky, is an enrolled Sicangu Lakota from the community of Spring Creek on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. He brings many skills to Nawayee. He is a first language Lakota speaker, musician, artist, counselor and currently serves as the classroom... more