Antoinette Del Rio: Championing Native Education and Empowerment
09:00 AM - October 04, 2023
Continuing the El Dorado County Office of Education’s commitment to and support for Native youth and their families, EDCOE proudly introduces Antoinette Del Rio as the new Coordinator of Indian Education. With a wealth of experience and an unwavering passion for making a difference, Antoinette is looking forward to supporting our Native youth and families in both El Dorado and Amador Counties.
For nearly a decade, Antoinette has been a dedicated advocate within the California Tribal TANF partnership, most recently as the Education Department Manager for the past four years. Her focus extended across 20 counties, where she worked tirelessly to support Native families through initiatives targeting behavioral health, student learning, mentoring, cultural awareness, and coordination of essential support services.
Antoinette has fulfilled the role of Cultural Coordinator for the Foothill Indian Education Alliance, preserving and promoting Native culture and heritage. Additionally, she dedicates her time to volunteering with the Kene Me-Wu American Indian Domestic Violence and Sexually Abused Victims program.
Antoinette's connection to her roots is further evident through her active membership in the California Valley Miwok Tribal Council, where she currently serves as the chairwoman of her tribe. Antoinette is recognized as a strong voice for Native families and youth and is known for her kindness, conscientiousness, professionalism, innovation, and approachability.
Kevin Monsma, EDCOE Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services, expressed his excitement about the positive impact anticipated from Antoinette's arrival, stating, "Antoinette's unwavering commitment to Native education makes her a strong addition to our team. We know that she will continue to advocate strongly for our students and will create meaningful change in the lives of Native youth and their families. "Dr. Ed Manansala, El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools, echoed these sentiments, stating, "Antoinette's approach to education and community support highlights our commitment to our families and students. Her extensive experience and genuine care for the people she serves set her apart as a true leader in this field, who will ensure that our students achieve at a high standard and are prepared for both college and career.
Antoinette will be serving Native families and their children from offices in both El Dorado and Amador counties.