NAME:  Ian Shelburne

DEPARTMENT/CAMPUS:  Abilene High School 

TITLE: Special Education teacher in practical academics/self-contained ELA and social studies


WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND?  Born in Malawi, Africa to missionary parents; immigrated to Texas 1980 for last two years of high school; attended Lubbock Christian University, Abilene Christian University and Texas Tech University. Ph.D in Agricultureal Communicaton and Education.

TELLS US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY  Married to Danetta Shelburne for 32 years; seven children, four biological and three adopted, youngest two are students at Taylor Elementary and Abilene High;

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF  Spent 15 years of my career working in Malawi and Uganda (cross-cultural adult education, community development, and church ministry).

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?  Learning how my students learn, developing a level of relationship with them that builds confidence on their part that they are important and valued, and the opportunity to get acquainted with each one’s extraordinary personality and gifts.

WHAT THE BOSS SAYS ABOUT HIM: “Dr. Ian Shelburne is a reserved individual but possesses the heart of a lion. Dr. Shelburne serves as a teacher in the Special Education department as a Practical Academics teacher.He does so with dignity, passion and fortitude. He maintains a high level of expectations for himself and those around him. And when you meet Dr. Shelburne, you can’t help but become a better person. It is indeed a blessing to have Dr. Shelburne as a member of the Abilene High School staff.” – Michael Garcia, principal, Abilene High School