Brenda Gene, Dine, is Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood), born for To'aheedlinii (Water-FlowsTogether).
Brenda holds a B.S. via Northern Arizona University in Secondary Education specializing in Physical Edu- cation and School Health.
She is a natural teacher and speaker and as a result, presents lessons that are understandable and engaging for all.
As a speaker, she has presented numerous times on health-related subjects to audiences ranging from kindergarten to elderly.
As a teacher, she has taught PE and Health on and off the Navajo reservation including Adaptive PE which focuses on students with severe mental and physical disabilities.
Brenda’s passion for physical education and health has helped her become recognized as a leader in native youth fitness and health promotion regularly consulting with various reservation schools on these particular content areas.
Her teaching engagements are known to be powerful and memorable with comments such as “the best, awesome!”, “knowledgeable, entertaining, lively and patient” and “students really comprehend and are interested”.
She has had the success of operating an outstanding school health program earning her school a STAR award from the Navajo Nation Health Promotion.
Brenda is currently a Health Educator for the Coconino County Health Department, located in Flagstaff, AZ. While in that position she has received a National Public Service Award for her work in Tobacco Education.
Brenda pursues her love for physical activity outside of her profession as well by playing softball (her first true love) every summer and taking advantage of the high-altitude by running regularly. One of her goals in 2010 is to run a marathon – that’s 26.2 miles!