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Apolonio Trejo, PhD

Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education
Education and Counseling Department Chair 
Main Building, Room 202G

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

My areas of expertise include Bilingual Education, Dual Language, English as a Second Language, Emergent Bilinguals, Language Acquisition (L1 and L2), Bilingualism and Biculturalism, Newcomers and Migrant Education, Gifted and Talented (GT) Education, Educational Leadership,  Educational Policy, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and LGBTQ+. 

My life experiences inspired my research interests which focuses on the underrepresentation of Hispanic English learners in gifted and talented education. Additional areas of interest lie within the academic injustice facing the identification of gifted emergent bilinguals, the challenges serving gifted children of color, the ambiguity surrounding twice exceptional students and the neglect and isolation of queer gifted students.

Teaching Philosophy

Con perseverancia, firmeza y arduo trabajo, un estudiante puede derrumbar las barreras impuestas por una sociedad y sistemas educativos injustos y rebasar sus metas llegando al nivel más alto de educación.  

Outside Interests

¡Me gusta viajar! Especialmente to my beautiful México! I follow a healthy lifestyle; I work out daily! My body is my temple! I enjoy fashion as much as I enjoy coffee! Education is my gift, but construction is my talent! I am remodeling my own house in central San Antonio. 

Apolonio Trejo


Awards and Honors

  • I am honored daily when former and current students express to me that I made a lasting impact on their lives! 

Memberships and Certifications


  • Bilingual Generalist Early Childhood
  • Texas Examinations of Educator Standards
  • Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities    
  • Texas Spanish Oral Proficiency


  • San Antonio Area Association for Bilingual Education (SAAABE)
  • Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE)
  • National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
  • Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT)
  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)


  • PhD - School Improvement, Texas Tech University
  • Master of Education - Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Master of Arts - Bicultural - Bilingual Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Bachelor of Arts - Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio