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Nell Strebel

MISD Principal

My name is Nell Skenadore-Strebel and my Menominee name is Wapahnuhkiw. I am Bear clan. I am married to Terry Strebel; Bernard “Bucky” & Lynn Skenadore are my parents; Dolores K Boyd, Lloyd Waukau, John “Mani” Boyd, Clayton Skenadore and Myrtle Grignon Lepscier are my grandparents; Michael Skenadore is my brother, Rose Carmelo-Skenadore is my sister-in-law; Catherine Bidwell, Anna Skenadore and Ella Skenadore are my nieces. I graduated from MIHS in 1988; graduated from Haskell Indian Jr. College in 1990; St. Norbert College in 1996 with a English degree in Secondary Education; Educational Leadership Master’s Degree in 2015 with my Principal’s license; Superintendent licensure completion in 2021 from Edgewood College.

I enjoy spending time with my husband and our families; attending Brewer games; riding in our UTV on the trails; and traveling. I chose to become a teacher to inspire others to love learning like I do! I enjoy sharing my passion with others. Language and culture are an extremely important part of who we are as Menominee people. It is important that we keep both language and culture alive.

It has been great watching the progression and development of the school over the course of the school year. I look forward to more positive growth in the future.

Tara Grignon

Kaehkēnawapahta͞eq Associate Principal

Pōsōh, newīhswan Tara Grignon mesek Osawan Wapanukiw a͞ekaeyan. I am from the Eagle clan. My parents are Vincent Grignon Sr. and Georgia Frechette. My grandparents are Marie LaTender and Ronald “Ji” Frechette and Emmerine and Myron “Pat” Grignon Sr. My daughter is Anahkosaeh Fish. I graduated from Menominee Indian High School. I then graduated from College of Menominee Nation with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I went on to University of Wisconsin-Superior and graduated with a masters degree in Educational Administration.

Outside of work I love to spend time with my family and friends. My child, nieces and nephews mean the world to me. I love to bead, golf, read and enjoy boating. I knew since I was very young that I wanted to become a teacher. I wanted our native students to see and have educators and role models that looked like them, something I didn’t see a whole lot of when I was going through the school system. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the children in my community.

I absolutely believe our community needs this school. Language is the key piece to our identity. It is beautiful to watch our students be themselves and speak their own language while learning on a daily basis. The vision and mission of the school teaches so much more than just the language, students are learning their teachings as well. They learn to be brave, truthful, respectful and loving to themselves and one another and wise in their traditions and culture while learning by observing in a hands-on way where they take the lead on their learning.

Jenna Corn

Guide (Teacher)

Pōsōh! Jenna Corn newīhswan. Mom is LeeAnn Corn, grandparents are Bill and Joyce Corn. My children are Anthony Corn, Robert LaTender, Rylee LaTender, Allie LaTender. I graduated from the College of Menominee Nation with a Bachelors of Science and am a graduate of Menominee Indian High School. I like beading, quill working, sewing, hunting, fishing, and coaching basketball and softball.

As a child I always wanted to become a teacher in my local school district. After learning about the Immersion class at KPS, I felt I would fit in. While currently learning the language along with my students. I hope to soon guide the students in learning, speaking, and writing in the Menominee Language. As a teacher, I have many ideas to help inspire my students in learning the language, the resources to create activities, and the experience to guide them in learning many different cultural aspects.

During my own educational journey, I attended the College of Menominee Nation. Since attending a tribal College, I learned a piece of significant information about understanding and healing historical trauma. The scholarly articles and books I read talked about teaching our children our cultural ways by using the language, ceremonies, medicines, traditional dances, gathering, and harvesting. The school needs the language to help the cycle of healing generational trauma.