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. For the past nine years she has worked for the Albuquerque Public School District as a Behavioral Specialist for the Special Education Department. She is 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. Ms. Nagel has 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, Ms. Nagel has volunteered 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.
Ms. Nagel’s other professional experience includes professional writing and research, public speaking, networking with various community and state resources to effectively meet the needs of diverse populations, problem assessment and management, program development, and advertising/marketing. 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.
Ms. Nagel is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and she also proudly represents the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and the Mandan and Hidatsa Tribes of North Dakota. Ms. Nagel is a Southern Cloth dancer and she enjoys dancing Southern Buckskin, singing behind the drum, reading, traveling, soccer, and biking. Ms. Nagel resides in the Albuquerque area with her two children, Wynter and Connor.