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Janice LaFloe is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota where she grew up and graduated from high school. She earned her Bachelor degree from Macalester College in St Paul in 1992. She also holds a Master in Public Policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of the University of MN. She has most recently completed training as an AMI Primary Guide from the Montessori Training Center of MN. Much of her professional work has been in the urban American Indian community. However, her foundation was grounded in the unique cultural community of her family and hometown of Belcourt, North Dakota. She is still close to her family and home community. It has been her role to help build bridges between the mainstream community and the American Indian communities.
Her professional experiences and work include Indian Education Programs in Elk River, Anoka-Hennepin and St Paul Public Schools. She has also spent over 10 years in non-profit work as well. Her time spent at the American Indian Family Center provided growth and learning opportunities in many fields of service including mental health, infant mortality, youth and service learning design, employment services and community organizing. Janice is currently a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow engaged in community work to address the underserved needs of American Indian early learners with a focus on developing a Montessori American Indian Childcare Center with plans to evolve into a native language immersion environment.
Janice brings a wealth of experiences and education which demonstrates a strong foundation in understanding community. In addition, she holds a strong desire for continuous professional development. Tutelage under strong, ethical American Indian leadership during my early years of her professional work has imprinted upon her a level of understanding about the manner in which work should be carried out – always with a sense of pride, professionalism, a healthy sense of humor and above reproach.