Mr. Samuel Villalba Jr.
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Hello and welcome to my page! My name is Samuel Pilar Villalba and I am ecstatic to to be an employee of Mesa Public Schools. I am a third generation MPS employee. My Grandfather, Joe Gonzales was head of custodial for 20 year and both of my parents Samuel Villalba and Terry Villalba are currently Facility Assistants at Elementary schools. I'm currently working for the Special Education Department as a Specific Learning Disability Itinerant. With this position I get the honor to work district wide helping close the achievement gap by providing reading assistance to students. I also have the pleasure working aside teachers to assist in their professional development in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. I have such a deep passion for both and so excited that I get the opportunity to share my knowledge with my peers but most importantly, our students . Mesa will forever be my home and I'm proud to say I'm a product of this wonderful district.
I grew up on Gilbert and Broadway going to Longfellow Elementary, then Mesa Junior High then graduating from Mesa High School in 2008. During my schooling at MHS I worked as a night time custodian. I then went to Chandler Gilbert Community College in search of a degree in education. After, I finished my education journey at Northern Arizona University obtaining a bachelors degree in Elementary and Special Education. During my schooling I was still an employee of MPS in various positions (classroom aide, crossing guard, and facility assistant).
I now reside in Phoenix with my partner James and two dogs, Catalina and Walter. We all enjoy hiking around our beautiful state and traveling. I also enjoy working out, playing softball and using my creativity to create frames for friends and family. I'm a strong believer in research and love reading about what's new in education.