Lobo Language Acquisition Lab Welcomes Deaf School Superintendent as Series Speaker: UNM Newsroom
The Lobo Language Acquisition Lab at the University of New Mexico hosts Dr. Jennifer Herbold of the New Mexico School for the Deaf presenting The Importance of Bilingualism for New Mexican Deaf/HH Children as part of his #CelebrateBilingualismNM lecture series.
Herbold is the first deaf woman to serve as superintendent of the New Mexico School for the Deaf (NMSD), the oldest school in the state of New Mexico. Herbold received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in the Department of Language, Reading, and Culture. Her 2008 thesis focused on the emergent literacy of ASL-English bilingual Deaf children. She earned her BA in English and Secondary Education and her MA in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University. Having acquired a love for reading as a student, Herbold began her career teaching middle school students reading and writing and working as a literacy specialist. She also served as Director of Curriculum and Special Programs at NMSD before being named Superintendent.
NMSD’s vision is that “Children and students in New Mexico who are deaf/hard of hearing will become lifelong learners and contribute to the success of well-rounded individuals in an increasingly globalized society.” The school’s mission is to “meet the unique needs of deaf/hard of hearing children and students, their families, and professional partners by providing a full range of school and statewide programs.”
As a school, NMSD provides a bilingual American Sign Language and English learning environment that includes direct and ongoing access to language and communication in and out of the classroom with a wide range of peers. and adults. Students are interactive learners who receive high-quality, standards-based, dynamic instruction in a variety of curricular and extracurricular activities.
As a statewide service agency, NMSD works with families, school districts, agencies and communities across the state to meet critical language, communication and learning for New Mexico deaf/hard of hearing children and students from birth through high school. .
To inquire about specific access requirements, please email Aster Forrest.
The Lobo Language Acquisition Lab thanks the WK Kellogg Foundation for supporting the lab and this lecture series.