Heroes at Work: Navajo Prep goes all-in on internet access during pandemic learning

Navajo Preparatory School, one of three winners in the eSchool Media K-12 Hero Awards program, committed to remote internet access for all students--not an easy feat for a rural and far-reaching campus

Heroes at Work is a three-part series featuring excerpts from conversations with the grand prize winners of the 2021 eSchool Media K-12 Hero Awards program, sponsored by Trox. See below for the full interview.

Here, eSchool News highlights the Navajo Preparatory School–one of three K-12 Hero Awards winners. Keep reading this interview with Sean C. Bekis, the school’s Network Administrator, to discover how school leaders did whatever they needed to do to get students connected to reliable internet and other vital resources during the pandemic.

eSN: Tell us a bit about your situation.

SB: So Navajo Prep is located in Farmington, New Mexico, which is Northwest New Mexico, kind of on the Eastern border of the Navajo reservation, which kind of goes into Arizona parts of Utah. It’s a big, big area established in 1991 under Navajo Nation corporation code as a nonprofit organization. So the campus is 82 acres school and we’re basically classified as a grant school with federal funding pursuant to legislative sanctioned by the Navajo Nation. We do have residential halls on here on our campus—they make up a good majority of our student body but we also have day students, who come from towns nearby here. 

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