About Teacher

Ms. Shelby Gabrielson

Phone: (210) 407 - 3200


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. in Business Administration Special Education EC - 12 Generalist EC - 6 English as a Second Language EC - 12 Awards: 2020 PTA Honorary Life Membership 2017 Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching 2017 Campus Teacher of the Year Sponsored Clubs and Programs: Fun Fit Club Buddy Program

Ms. Shelby Gabrielson

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire" - William Butler Yeats.  My name is Shelby Gabrielson and I strongly consider the "lighting of a fire" for all students my personal responsibility, as a 21st century educator.  Much like students, no two "fires" are the same.  Learning styles, language proficiencies, background knowledge, and interests vary amongst students.  Despite these collective challenges, I expect all students to master the same concepts, principles, and skills, as outlined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  In order to achieve this expectancy and "lighting of a fire", I meet students where they are and take them to the next level with differentiated instruction.  Differentiated instruction provides several learning options, different paths to learning, and appropriate levels of challenge for each student and feeds their "fire" in an engaging, meaningful way. 

My "fire" to teach was ignited, while working for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Warrior Care Policy (OSD WCP).  While supporting WCP programs, like Education to Employment Initiative (E2I), I witnessed firsthand the importance of education, as recovering Service members (RSM) embarked on the difficult transition to civilian life.  Much like students with disabilities, RSMs face similar challenges of matching identified skills with education and career opportunities that will help them successfully transition to the next chapter in their life.  I want to be a facilitator of that transition for my students, by using my extensive professional background and passion for Special Education.

In order to fulfill this purpose, I completed a TEA approved certification program, offered through ACT San Antonio, to obtain my teaching license.  The ACT San Antonio program is an alternative route to teaching licensure for those of us who have world experience and a college degree, and who wish to become teachers.  The program is concentrated and abbreviated, but it is thorough and challenging.

Although I am only entering my 6th year of teaching, I hope this compilation demonstrates a teacher who is eager to ignite a fire for lifelong learning within all students.

Class Schedule

  • 7:10 - 7:30        Student Arrival &
                                  Social Skills
    7:30 - 7:45        Personal Care &
                                  Life Skills
    7:45 - 8:20        Morning Circle /
                                  Math Block #1
    8:20 - 8:50        Motor Lab 
    8:50 - 9:10        Read Aloud
    9:10 - 10:50      ELAR Block #1
    10:50 - 11:30    Math Block #2
    11:30 - 12:00    Lunch
    12:00 - 12:10    Personal Care /
                                  Life Skills
    12:10 - 12:30    Recess
    12:30 - 1:00       ELAR Block #2
    1:00 - 1:30         Planning Period /
    1:30 - 2:10         Science / Social Studies
                                   Block #1
    2:10 - 2:40         Science / Social Studies
                                   Block #2
    2:40                     Student Dismissal