Our Past, Present and Future Haa Shagóon | Íitl’ Kuníisii | Na Hlagigyadm
More than 30 years ago, tribal member shareholder Vicki Segundo took her belief in the value of education and began a career as a teacher in the Seattle Public School District.
Today, Segundo teaches Native children in Seattle’s Huchoosedah After School Program, the only Native program in the district. The program is based at South Shore K-8 School, where her daughters Deena and Sondra also work.
Deena Russo is a first grade teacher and Sondra Segundo is an instructional aide who teaches Native art. When Vicki’s son, Tommy Segundo, the Native recruiter at the University of Washington, stops by the program for a visit, the students introduce themselves and their tribes, whether Tlingit, Haida, Blackfeet or Yakama.
Deena states that South Shore K-8 School has many immigrant students who, like her mom’s Native students, benefit from the family’s emphasis on culture and roots. Says Vicki, “We want these children to be proud of where they come from and to keep their traditions alive.” Outside of school, the Segundo family lives these values themselves as dancers in the Haida Heritage Foundation Dance Group.