Valerie Wright, Ph.D
Professor of Education
Dr. Valerie Wright is a Professor in the School of Education and Social Services at Saint Leo University, teaching reading courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She has been an educator and teacher for the past 35 years. Dr. Wright is a graduate of the University of South Florida, and taught there for several years before joining Saint Leo University. Prior to that she taught grades K-6 for 13 years in the state of Florida. Dr. WrightĚ˘âÂă˘s area of expertise is in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading/Language Arts. She has also worked as a K-3 Reading First Professional Developer for the state of Florida. Currently, Dr. Wright is a Board member of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) and the Board Liaison to the Council of Unit Presidents (CUP) for ATE. At the state level, Dr. Wright is Executive Director of the Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE) and is currently serving as the Past-President of the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE). At Saint LeoĚ˘âÂă˘s main campus, Dr. Wright is serving as the Union President, as well as actively involved on the Graduate Program and Curriculum Committee and the Professional Development Fund Committee. She is also the advisor for two student organizations Ě˘âÂŰĎthe Florida Future Teachers of America (FFEA) and Delta Epsilon Sigma. Dr. Wright has been the advisor for Delta Nu the past 15+ years. Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society found on campuses with a Catholic tradition. During that time membership has grown, especially for students on the main campus. Prior to that time the chapter consisted entirely of online members. The online membership is still the largest group, and a concerted effort has been made to make those students feel more connected to our main campus.