Native American Heritage Month Spotlight on Fredina Drye-Romero

Ms. Fredina Drye-Romero is from the Southern Paiute Tribe and enrolled with her father’s tribe, the Kaibab Band of Paiute’s in northern Arizona, and has close affiliations to her mother’s tribe, the Moapa Band of Paiute’s in southern Nevada. Fredina has been working in education for nearly twenty years and currently serves as the Education Programs Professional for Indian Education at the Nevada Department of Education. She graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence Kansas with an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in business. She further pursued and graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies in Liberal Arts, and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas.

Fredina has led and organized teams at the state-level to improve the academic achievement of American Indian student. One of her great attributes is being a team player. She has been fortunate to work with educators locally and nationally to assist in modernizing and streamlining the education system. In Nevada, she assisted in originating several events, such as the statewide Annual Nevada Department of Education Indian Education Summit. Fredina has served on the National Indian Education Association Board of Directors and has worked with various national committees to improve the lives of Native American Indian children. Most recently, Fredina has continued to lead the Nevada Department of Education’s Native Youth Community Project that works with three tribal communities in Nevada. Through her own experiences, she understands the need to strengthen the educational structure for the Native American Indian (AI) students.

She is married to Patrick Romero. Together they enjoy the company of their families who come from Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma and Kansas. She is thankful for her experiences that has prepared her to be of service to Indian country.