Catherine Steele is an Apache Indian woman who has dedicated her life to improving the lives of children from the San Carlos Apache community. Her degrees are from ASU and NAU. Called a “trail blazer,” Catherine worked for the San Carlos schools for 40 + years: first as a teacher, then as an administrator and finally as District Superintendent . The education of reservation children was one of urgency to her, and she used her skills to help them improve their reading and writing skills. As Superintendent, Catherine helped secure funding from a number of sources, including a federal nutrition program to provide reservation children healthy breakfast and lunch meals. Her vision and influence will continue for many years to come.