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Benjamin Gallegos

Benjamin GallegosAssistant Professor of Education

Before joining UP, Benjamin Gallegos earned his Ph.D. and served as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Central Florida. He received his bachelor of interdisciplinary studies in early-childhood to fourth grade general education, and master of education, with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorders, from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Ben began his teaching career in 2007 in a Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities classroom in Sunland Park, New Mexico. In 2008, Ben accepted a teaching position serving students with and without disabilities in a fourth grade classroom in El Paso, Texas. Ben taught for five years in the El Paso Del Norte Region in the elementary classroom setting.

In 2000, his early experiences working with children with disabilities began at the YWCA After-School Program, where he was inspired to become a teacher. His research interests center on providing students with and without disabilities access to science content and increasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career interests using virtual learning environments. His specific focus is on improving outcomes for students who are culturally and linguistically diverse from low socioeconomic communities.

Ben enjoys spending time in the great outdoors (fishing, hiking, camping), playing video games, and loves to grill and barbeque.

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