Shannon L. Nagel has committed her time and energy to the areas of education, advocating for social justice, and the empowerment of American Indian individuals, families, and communities. Ms. Nagel is affiliated with Native Explorers as a Consultant and she provides oversight, coordination, and guidance to the program. She has a strong and diverse background in professional writing and research, program development and management, curriculum development, strategic planning and group facilitation. A strong advocate for families and education, Ms. Nagel earned her B.S. in Family Studies and her M.A. in Family Studies with a Concentration in Human Development from the University of New Mexico.
Prior to partnering with Native Explorers, Ms. Nagel worked for the Albuquerque Public School District as a Behavioral Specialist for the Special Education Department. She was also a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention for the District; providing essential training to help ensure the safety, welfare, and security of all students and staff. She continued her commitment to education by serving as an Adjunct Faculty Member for the University of New Mexico.
A firm believer in giving back to one’s community, she enjoys volunteering her time with various American Indian programs and initiatives in the areas of positive youth development, community mobilization, research, domestic violence, prevention/intervention, and the empowerment and safety of American Indian women and children. She is a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and also proudly represents the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and the Mandan and Hidatsa Tribes of North Dakota.