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Trisha A. Ainsa , Ph.D.

Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Teaching Award; Burlington Resources Foundation Distinguished Award for Teaching Excellence; University Distinguished Teaching Award; University Distinguished Service to Students Award; Professor of Early Childhood Education and Special Education

College of Education

UT El Paso

My students begin their journeys with their own inner gifts and talents, most often hidden in a place where they cannot find them-deep inside.

UTEP students are known as Miners. It is fitting that their scholarship should involve mining for those nuggets of inner wisdom that taken together, become a cohesive whole for each. There are thousands of teaching and learning ideas that are yet to be discovered. My students will have some of those ideas, and I will have the proud pleasure of learning from them so that I continually get better at what I do.