MelanieFryeMelanie Frye
Language Education Specialist

Educational Background: She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and  Native American Studies from the University of Oklahoma.

Accomplishments: Melanie identifies herself as a second language learner of the  Maskoke language. Her father was a first language speaker. Her father wouldn’t speak the language to her or her siblings in fear that they would not understand English. Her desire to learn the language pushed her to take community classes and read books on anything she could find about the Maskoke language. The late Margaret McKane Mauldin and her daughter Gloria McCarty made a huge impact on Melanie while at the University of Oklahoma. She credits them with the reason she pursued language work. She considers it a blessing to be able to work with Maskoke and learn Maskoke. She feels that she is honoring her late father by continuing to pursue fluency and work with the Maskoke Language.

Work History: Univerity of Oklahoma Maskoke language instructor, Financial Aid Coordinator Assistant with the College of the Mascogee Nation.

Family Background/Hobbies: She is a member of the Bird Clan. Melanie is also a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. Her tribal town is Eufaula Canadian. Her late father’s tribal town was Hickory Ground. She enjoys going to church and her ceremonial grounds. Her hobbies include cooking and being an avid soccer fan.

IMG_5484Betty Fixico
HOMETOWN: Seminole, OK

Education: Betty obtained a CDA, and holds an associates degree from Seminole State College. She also has a CDL.

Work History: Betty has over 12 years of child development both in a head start setting and a school setting.

Family background/Hobbies: She is a member of the Beaver Clan. Betty enjoys making patchwork and spending time with family and friends.

Accomplishments: Betty’s greatest accomplishments is raising her two daughters.

Jennie FixicoJennie Fixico
HOMETOWN: Seminole, OK

Education Background: Graduate of Pleasant Grove, she holds a food handler’s license for Seminole County. Obtained a CDL. Attends food demonstrations and healthy food seminars. She is an advocate for healthy food in schools and the classroom.

Accomplishments: Jennie says her greatest accomplishment is her daughter.

Work History: Jennie was employed with Wrangler for 28 years. She has been a cook at Seminole Nation Head Start, and was a van driver for Creek Nation Health System.

Family Background/Hobbies: Jennie is a member of Beaver Clan. She is a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma(Tom Palmer Band). Her daughter recently graduated from New Lima High School and will attend Southeastern University in Durant. Jennie has five sisters and two brothers. New Tulsa Ceremonial Ground is her Tribal Town in which she is an avid member. One of her passions is basketball.

Jennifer Johnson
Curriculum Development Specialist

Educational Background: Jennifer holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Language and Literacy. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors.

Accomplishments: She is a recipient of the Seminole Nation Heritage Award. Jennifer is also the author of an article “Exercising our power as native teachers” in the publication of The power of native teachers: Language and culture in the classroom. She was awarded the Culture Award from the Seminole Tribe of Florida(Ahfachkee School)and awarded the Arizona State University Dean’s Fellowship Award.

Work History: Kindergarten teacher-Ahfachkee School(Florida), 4th grade teacher-Gila Crossing Community School (Arizona).

Family Background/Hobbies: Jennifer is a member of the Bird Clan. She is a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. (Tallahassee Band) Jennifer is from the Emarthle family. Her hobbies include reading, beaching, OU football, and country music.

JonathanBennettJonathan Bennett
School Community Coordinator
HOMETOWN: Seminole, OK

Educational Background: Holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources/Administration from East Central University. Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Public Relations from East Central University.

Family Background/Hobbies: Jonathan is a member of the Bear Clan. He is a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. His mother is Dee(Delores) Bennett and his father is Calvin Bennett. His wife is Shelbi Bennett. Jonathan enjoys church and football as well as theological discussion and politics.

Work Experience: Title VII Teacher Assistant at Seminole Public Schools, Teacher for Latchkey Childcare Services, Assistant Store Manager at Big 5 Sporting Goods(Duncan, OK) Store Manager Hibbett Sports (Seminole, OK)

Accomplishments: Jonathan started the Pumvhakv School garden. He created over 20 school policies and procedures. He and his wife conducted a young adult/college bible study for a year, served as a youth mentor and Jonathan also created a career development/information program for middle school students.


JeremiahMaylenJeremiah Maylen
Program Administrator
HOMETOWN: Holdenville, OK

Education: Jeremiah possesses a Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies from the University of Oklahoma.

Accomplishments: Jeremiah was named a Gates Millennium Scholar.

Work History: Jeremiah is the Project Administrator for the Nak-Kerretv Ohhayetv Curriculum Development Project. Previously, Jeremiah served as an employment and education counselor in the SNO Job Placement and Training Program as well as a Tribal Liason/ Assistant Director for the Division of Adult Education.

Family Background/Hobbies: Jeremiah is the son of Dewayne and Becky Maylen. He is the grandson of Charles “Bozo” Maylen and Peggy Maylen as well as the grandson of Terrell and Yvonne Knight. He is a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. He is also a member of the Sweet Potato Clan. He is a Eufaula band member. Jeremiah enjoys gardening, fishing, and spending time with family.