Hello everyone, my name is Darlyn Owens, I am 35 years old, I am a mother of five, and I am from Window Rock Arizona. I am a preschool para-professional, and I am also pursuing my undergrad in early childhood education. My lifelong dream has always been to be a teacher. I was born in Fort Defiance, Arizona and spent most of my childhood here. I lived for a short time in Phoenix as well as Gallop New Mexico, where I graduated high school. After High school, I moved back to Fort Defiance/Window Rock, and I have been here ever since.
I attend college in Gallop because the commute is significantly shorter than going to Flagstaff. I choose to stay in Window Rock because I am Navajo, my roots are here, and I want to give back to my community. I feel it is essential for the children of the Navajo Nation to have positive role models within our community. That they see that you can live within the Navajo community and be successful. The ability to work, raise a family, and give back to my community is the greatest feeling. If I can instill that mindset within the children, hopefully, they will pass that along to future generations, and that will preserve our Navajo culture and traditions.