Santa Rosa Ranch School, Tohono O'odham Nation, Sells, Arizona
Felecia Hinton-Causey serves as a classroom teacher at Santa Rosa Ranch School on the Tohono O’Odham Reservation in Southwest Arizona (Sells). Her class is a combination of 7th and 8th grades and 100% Native American. She teaches all subjects. Felecia attended Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi and graduated with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics. Unknowingly, this degree would contribute to each employment in her future. After a brief stint of serving as a military wife, Felecia moved to Arizona and eventually back to Mississippi where she returned to school to become a certified elementary school teacher. She received her MAT in Elementary Education from Mississippi Valley State University.
Before teaching on the Reservation, Felecia taught for nine years at the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections in Buckeye, Arizona and in Phoenix, Arizona. She taught math (pre-algebra, consumer math, algebra 1) and personal financial literacy to students in grades 6-12. Felecia is also experienced with basic adult education and citizenship learners. Felecia’s service as an educator includes teaching in several other states including California and Mississippi. In addition to teaching, she has served as a Mentoring Program Coordinator, assistant girls’ volleyball coach; head girls’ and boys’ basketball coach (high school girls and middle school boys and girls); and assistant basketball coach (high school). Felecia has an astounding ability to establish and maintain rapport with even the most difficult students and with parents. When not teaching, she enjoys baking and decorating cakes, travel, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Felicia feels that serving as an SBAR Teacher has not only been good for her students, but it has also been good for her as it has allowed her to delve deeper into understanding the sustainability of plants, water, etc in desert regions. This opportunity has helped broaden the horizon of her students because they get to work with diverse people during this project, along with the skills and concepts their lessons have taught them. It’s been AMAZING!