The Lobo Language Acquisition Lab at The University of New Mexico hosts Dr. Jennifer Herbold of New Mexico School for the Deaf presenting The Importance of Bilingualism for Deaf/HH New Mexican Children as part of its #CelebrateBilingualismNM Speaker Series.

The free virtual event is set for Friday, Feb. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. Click on the Zoom link to join the presentation. ASL interpreters will be provided.

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 completed her PhD at the University of Arizona in the Department of Language, Reading & Culture. Her 2008 dissertation investigated the emergent literacy of deaf ASL-English bilingual children. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education and her master’s degree in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University. Having acquired a love for reading as a student, Herbold began her career teaching reading and writing to middle school students and working as a literacy specialist. She also served as Principal of Curriculum and Special Programs at NMSD prior to 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 contributing, well-rounded successful individuals in an increasingly global society.” The school’s mission is “to provide for the unique needs of children and students who are deaf/hard of hearing, their families, and professional partners by providing a comprehensive array of school and statewide programs.”

As a school, NMSD provides an American Sign Language and English bilingual learning environment that includes direct, ongoing access to language and communication in and out of the classroom with a wide range of peers and adults. The students are interactive learners who receive dynamic high quality standards-based instruction in a variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities.

As a statewide service agency, NMSD collaborates with families, school districts, agencies and communities throughout the state to meet the critical language, communication, and learning needs of children and students in New Mexico who are deaf/hard of hearing, birth through high school.

To inquire about specific access needs, please email Aster Forrest.

The Lobo Language Acquisition Lab thanks the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for their support of the lab and this speaker series.