The LAUSD Indian Education program is a federally funded program that provides direct services to American Indian and Alaskan Native students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In addition, help is provided to schools through consulting services, professional development, and lesson demonstrations.

Parent Committee meetings are held at the Autry museum of the American West the first Tuesday of Every month.  In addition to program updates, parents meet directly with staff.

Students have the opportunity to attend pow wow dance classes, regalia making, music lesson and much more.

Meet our Team

 

Timothy Vizthum - Teacher Advisor

Timothy grandparents immigrated from the Choctaw Nation to California's Central Valley during the 1940s. He was raised in Exeter, CA and after living in Israel and Santa Barbara in his 20s, he settled in Los Angeles. Timothy began his teaching career in 2005, Joining the Los Angeles Unified School District through Teach For America. 

Timothy has stayed active with the Choctaw Nation and participates with the Los Angeles Chahta Anumpa Aiihvnna (Choctaw Language School) and Okla Chahta Clan of California. Currently, he also works with Teach For America's Native Alliance Initiative with a focus on Language and Identity in Education. As the Teacher Advisor to LAUSD's Indian Education Program he works to foster culturally responsive teaching to strengthen student achievement. 

Please contact Timothy at tjv0002@lausd.net or 213-241-0766 

 

Brighid Pulskamp - Cultural Consultant

Brighid Pulskmap is a tribal member of the Navajo Nation. She was born and raised in Los Angeles where she was once a student of LAUSD’s Indian Education Program. Ms. Pulskamp values and utilizes the skills, resources, knowledge she has gained through life experience. Ms. Pulskamp has been working with Native youth and families in Southern California for fifteen years in the field of American Indian education, cultural preservation, and mental health. Ms. Pulskamp’s formal education includes a B.A. Psychology, Magna Cum Laude from CSUF. 

Please contact Brighid at bright.pulskamp@lausd.net or 213-241-5617

 

Brandy Rodriguez - Community Liaison

Brandy Rodriguez is a mother to 4 children, wife, and an adventurer. Her children have been a part of the T7 program since 2002 and she began attended parent committee meetings during the 2013­2014 school year. She desires to continue the bridge that connects the Indian community and work together with the many community partners . Her dedication to her family, community and respect for culture was a perfect fit for the Title VII family.

You may contact Brandy at brandy.rodriguez@lausd.net or 213-241-7034