April 2017 Graduate Student of the Month: Maria Elena Salazar

Maria Elena is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. She has spent her academic and professional career working with marginalized populations, including teaching Bilingual Education, Title 1, Special Education preschool, High School Equivalency Program, and Adult Basic Education Language Arts coursework. Her research involves educational issues of rural low Socioeconomic, Latinos, and she utilizes literacy instruction as a means to improve academic experiences and attainment.

Maria Elena has also volunteered as a literacy tutor and on a public library board. After graduation in May, she wants to return to full time work with “at promise” groups, such as students of low SES backgrounds and Native Americans and Latinos of Northern New Mexico.

Congratulations Maria! If you know a graduate student you think should be recognized for their work (yourself included) please nominate them by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.


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