Welcome to Kayenta Elementary School
Home of the Broncos
Welcome to the online home of the Broncos! Our elementary school in northern Arizona serves kindergarten through fourth grade students in the community of Kayenta. Kayenta has been a wonderful place to live and learn for decades, but our school has come a long way from the little, one-room schoolhouse in 1940. That little building, near the Kayenta Trading Post, could only serve 26 students. Today, you can hear the sounds of over 600 happy children engaged in learning every time you walk through our doors!
We invite you to spend a few moments browsing our new site. Here you will be able to find information about school events, menus, after-school activities, parental involvement, and many other items of interest. Let us know if you have additional questions; we look forward to serving you!
A Message from Our Principal
My name is Dr. Jacqueline Benally, Kayenta Elementary School principal. I am of the Bitterwater Clan, born for the Sleeping Rock Clan. My grandfathers are of the Mexican Clan People and my nali’s are of the Under His Sleeves People. I am originally from Crownpoint, New Mexico, however at the age of five years old, my dad moved us to Chinle, Arizona. I started school there and went through the school system through twelfth grade. After graduation, I attended Eastern Arizona College and played softball while obtaining my associates of arts degree in sociology/science. I then transferred to Grand Canyon University where I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education/science. Later, I received my master's degree at Arizona State University in educational leadership and another master’s degree at Northern Arizona University in bilingualism. Back in December, I received my doctorate degree in educational leadership and supervision from Arizona State University.
In 2000, I held the position of principal at Kayenta Middle School. In 2002, I transferred to Kayenta Primary School. I spent my time at KPS from 2002 to 2012. After my daughter graduated from Monument Valley High School, I decided to move closer to my dad.
Back in July, I decided to return to Kayenta. I received a very warm welcome from my staff and all those who I know personally. It is great to be back. It is very nice to see my friend’s faces and catch up on what is happening in their lives. I thank each and every one of you for your handshakes and hugs. Seeing all of you brings back many, many happy memories, and I intend to add more memories as the year goes by.
I look forward to working with my KES staff, students, and everyone at Kayenta Unified School District. I feel very good about this upcoming new school year.
Again, thank you,