"Only by being true to the full growth of all of the individuals who make it up, can society by any chance be true to itself." (John Dewey, 1900)
Teaching is not telling --
it's about my students, not me.
To teach is to provide the time,
experiences, and supports
necessary for learners to
develop personally valued
and skills. My role as a
university educator is to
and ferociously protect
that learning space.
Scherba de Valenzuela, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Special Education
The University of New Mexico
Within Special Education, I work within the Concentration in Intellectual and Severe Disabilities: Studies in Educational Equity for Diverse Exceptional Learners
I also sit on the faculty of Bilingual Education/TESOL at UNM.
As of the end of the Spring semester, 2018, I will no longer be maintaining this website. Instead, I will be using other technology tools to provide access to teaching materials for students. If you are a current or former student, please contact me for access to infomration I previously provided on this website.
I have been a faculty member in the College of Education at UNM since 1998. My work is shaped around the notion of disability as a social construction. My work in this area includes: