Dr. Michelle Abrego
Graduate Faculty - Adjunct
Dr. Michelle Horneber Abrego brings a diverse background of 30 years in the field of education as both teacher and administrator.
Currently, she serves as an associate professor and program coordinator in the Educational Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Brownsville. Brownsville is uniquely located along the US-Mexico Border. In this position, she teaches courses at both the masters’ degree and doctoral levels targeting principals and superintendents. Her current research areas include that of family engagement, quality leadership for the mentoring and induction of new teachers, principal and superintendent preparation and teacher leadership by literacy coaches.
Prior to coming to the University of Texas at Brownsville in 2001, she served in a variety of leadership positions in Texas including that of elementary and secondary campus administrator, regional educational specialist and State Program Director at the Texas Education Agency for Safe and Drug Free Schools. She also has nine years of classroom teaching experience including five years in Texas public schools and four years in WELS elementary schools at Christ Lutheran School in Big Bend, Wisconsin and Holy Word Lutheran School in Austin, Texas.
She has published numerous articles in a variety of peer reviewed journals including School Community Journal, Academic Exchange Quarterly, The Journal of Border Educational Research, Action in Teacher Education and Classroom Leadership. Additionally, she has written numerous book chapters, book reviews and monograph articles. Currently she is co-authoring a book on Family Engagement for English Language Learners for Eye on Education.
She is a member of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Weslaco, Texas along with her husband Chuey, who serves as congregational president, and daughter Hannah, who is 8 years old. At Abiding Savior she enjoys teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and assisting with Lutheran Pioneers. She enjoys the warm weather and beaches of South Texas and making new friends with many ‘Winter Texans’ who join their congregation during the winter months from numerous WELS congregations across the Midwest.
She is honored to be an adjunct professor in the Master’s Degree Program and serving the Lord in this capacity. She has always been grateful for her own Christian education at Michigan Lutheran Seminary (’77) and DMLC (’81) and is excited to serve MLC’s Graduate Studies and WELS teachers.
EdD University of Texas, Austin TX: Educational Administration
MS Texas A and M, Corpus Christi TX: Educational Administration
MA Michigan State University, East Lansing MI: Curriculum and Instruction
BS Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm MN: Education