Dr. Roberto Gallegos Fellows and Friends Endowed Fund

Roberto Levi Gallegos earned a B.A. and M.A. in Elementary Education, and a Ph.D. in Reading Education from the College of Education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Currently, Dr. Gallegos is a Professor Emeritus and part-time professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction where he delivers a special Block cohort at Hermosa Heights Elementary School in Las Cruces.

Dr. Gallegos was born on August 19, 1932 in Cuba, New Mexico. His teaching career allowed him to fulfill various roles including that of a language arts teacher, an assistant professor of education, a coordinator of bilingual/bicultural education, a team teacher in elementary methods, and numerous educator roles. In addition, Dr. Gallegos has traveled to Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Honduras. He continues to work in education at NMSU and is known throughout the state and nationally for his important contributions to bilingual learners. After more than 40 years of service to New Mexico’s educational system, Dr. Gallegos is still working to make a difference for New Mexico’s children by designing and implementing an Alternate Block that allows pre-service students to experience “teaching” before jumping into student teaching. His grant writing has yielded over $5,000,000 and has enabled approximately 50 Bilingual Fellows to earn their doctorate degrees and hundreds to earn their masters degrees.


Class Level: Doctoral
Required Major: C&I
Other Requirements: Must have at least two years teaching (K-12) experience with 2nd language learners utilizing methodologies that are sensitive to primary language and culture. FACULY NOMINATED