Ms. Fredina Drye-Romero is from the Southern Paiute Tribe and enrolled with the Kaibab Band of Paiute Tribe, in northern Arizona, and has close affiliations with the Moapa Band of Paiute Tribe, in southern Nevada. Fredina has been working in education for over 20 years and currently serves as the Education Programs Professional for Indian Education at the Nevada Department of Education. Through her own experiences, she understands the need to strengthen the educational structure for Native American Indian (AI) students. She graduated from the tribal college Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence Kansas with an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in business. She further persuaded 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 AI students in Nevada. One of her great attributes is being a team player and working with educators locally and nationally to assist in modernizing and streamlining the education system. In Nevada, she has assisted in originating several events, such as the 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 enhance the lives of Native American Indian children. Most recently, some of her successful work has included being the lead for the Nevada Department of Education’s Native Youth Community Project and working with three tribal communities in Nevada to implement the project, she assisted in creating a new position at the Nevada Department of Education for Indian Education and is leading the ARP ESSER Nevada Enhancement Curriculum Project.
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 have led her to be of service to Indian country.