A Picture of a Native American Man Name: Peter Deswood

Title: Principal


Bio: Peter Deswood III is a high school principal in Farmington, New Mexico and has taught for over 15 years at both the high school and college level. He is Tachiinii, born for Kinlichiini. His maternal grandfather is Ashiihi and his paternal grandfather is Toaheedliinii. Originally from Lukachukai, he is the son of Maggie Deswood and the late Peter Deswood Jr. He is also the founder of 21st Century Native leaders, a podcast that profiles prominent leaders in the Native community. Peter is the Board Chairman for the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI).

He was also previously employed as a staff accountant before deciding to pursue a career in education. After making the initial switch from business to education, Mr. Deswood taught at the Indian Community School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and on the Navajo Indian Reservation at Chooshgai Community School in Tohatchi, New Mexico. 

Currently, Peter is working on a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. In addition, he has a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership with a Principal Certification from The Pennsylvania State University. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Accounting from Fort Lewis College. Mr. Deswood has three beautiful daughters, who are respectively 11, 14, and 25 years old. Peter is married to Kari Deswood, an Assistant Professor at San Juan College.

 A picture of a man and his wifeName: Jay Gardenhire

Title: Vice Principal


Biography: My name is Jay Gardenhire, and I'm the Vice Principal at Rocinante High School, and also the Online Learning Coordinator for our district.  This is my 26th year in the Farmington District.  I started my career as a 4th grade teacher at Country Club Elementary, then after earning a Master's Degree in Administration from New Mexico State University, I was hired as a Principal at Bluffview Elementary School.  I was also Principal at Mesa View Middle School before coming over to Rocinante.  I absolutely love our students, staff and Rocinante Community!  On a personal note, my wife Angela Gardenhire is also a teacher in our school district.  We have 3 kids:  Alex age 24, Brandon age 21, and Jadyn age 14.