Teacher Kaleena

Kaleena Santo Domingo

I am 1/2 Native American from my father’s side and 1/2 Japanese from my mother’s. I am a member of the Okanogan Tribe and an enrolled member of the Colville Tribes. I was born and raised in the Kent/Renton area, and was in the Kent school district for K-12. I married my husband Sixto Santo-Domingo in April 2015. We have a son, Kennison, born in March 2018. We also have two cats, Mochi with Soy Sauce and Huckleberry Cheesecake. In my free time I enjoy cooking, dancing at Native American powwows, collecting Hello Kitty, & watching the Seahawks & Huskies.

I received my BA in American Indians Studies and Drama from the University of Washington in 2007. I also have two CDA’s (Child Development Associates). After college I worked at United Indians Head Start program, at Daybreak Star in Magnolia for 5 years, before the program was closed. In 2012 I worked as an Early Head Start Specialist for Tulalip Tribes Early Head Start. In 2014 I again worked for United Indians when they opened an ECEAP program. In 2016 I started working at a Montessori Childcare for the hospital workers at Seattle Children’s. I have also completed a Montessori Assistant training course with MEIPN and will be continuing my Montessori studies this year.