Texas Tech University

Vanessa de León, J.D., Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling

Email: Vanessa.deleon@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-5938

Office: Education 315

Dr. E. Vanessa de León is an assistant professor of school law and reform in the College of Education at Texas Tech University. Her research strives to promote socioeconomic change through law, policy, and practice. She facilitates the development of educational leaders in both the masters and doctoral programs. Professor de León teaches and writes primarily in the areas of school leadership, school reform, English learners, and special education, with a focus on using law and policy to build access for underserved populations. In addition to her teaching and writing, Dr. de León collaborates with various state and educational organizations to evaluate policies and laws within education in support of school reform. Professor de León keeps connections with the world of practice, serving as an educational consultant for the Texas Education Agency, facilitating the improvement of underperforming schools, and as a school law attorney. Dr. de León has over twenty years of experience in public education advancing the development of students, teachers, principals, superintendents, school boards and college faculty.

Vanessa de León


J.D., Mitchell Hamline School of Law

  • Concentration: Equitable Education for Underserved Populations School Law, Negotiation, Conflict Management, Mediation, Arbitration

Ed.D., Texas A&M Kingsville                                       

  • Major: Educational Leadership
  • Concentration: English Language Learners
  • Dissertation: Impact of Academic Language Interventions on English Language Learners

M.Ed., University of Texas Pan American        

  • Major: Educational Guidance & Counseling
  • Supporting Areas of Emphasis: License Professional Counselor

B.A., University of Texas Pan American   

  • Major: English Minor: Spanish
  • Supporting Areas of Emphasis: English as a Second Language

Areas of Expertise

  • School Law
  • English Learners
  • Special Education
  • Access for Underserved Populations

Selected Publications

Valle, F., Almager, I., de León, V. (2018). Employing an affective, linguistic and cognitive (ALC) framework: An asset-based approach to school leadership. In Murakami, E. T. & Mackey, H. J. (Ed.), Beyond marginality: Understanding the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender and differences in educational leadership research. Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age.

Gabro, C. M., Almager, I., Palmer, D. L., de León, V., Valle, F. A partnership approach to creating principal pipelines for schools. National Journal of Middle Grades Reform.

Palmer, D., Almager, I., de León, V., Valle, F., Gabro, M. C. (2017). Return on Investment: Grow Your Own Principal. Texas Association of School Administrators Professional Journal (Summer 2017).

Valle, F., Almager, I., de León, V. Latinx Educational Leadership Faculty: Disruptors of Inequities. Perveyors of Change: Leaders of Color Tell Their Stories.

Palmer, D., Valle, F., Almager, I., de León, V. Re-Envisioning Principal Preparation Programs:  Leadership Faculty Glean from University-District Partnerships. Journal of School Leadership.

Palmer, D., Almager, I., Gabro, M. C., de León, V., Valle, F. Implementing a Student Support System from Equity-Driven Data. School Leadership Review.