Q&A with Danielle Valle


What do you do here at OKWU?

I am the Director of Academic Advising for AGS.

What do you like most about working at OKWU?

I really enjoy the people that I work with and helping students make it all the way to commencement.

How did you end up here?

I’ve been in education as a teacher, in public health, and in public/private partnership education initiatives for more than eight years. Education is what I love so I was very happy for the opportunity to work in higher education with OKWU.

Where did you originally call home?

I grew up in Caney, Kansas and spent a great deal of my childhood visiting my grandparents in Bartlesville.

Where did you go to school and what did you study there?

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. I had the opportunity to earn my Master of Arts in Education from Concordia University St. Paul online while working full time, as many of our AGS students do. I am currently in the dissertation phase of a Doctor of Education with emphasis in Leadership from Walden University. Again, I have the benefit of earning my degree online while working and enjoying my family!

What is your family like?

My husband Eric and I have been married for 11 years and have two children. Malachi is seven years old and is heading into the second grade. Layla is three but thinks she’s 33. She’ll be moving out soon as she requires no assistance from the rest of us! Both of my children are HUGE Star Wars fans so if you see my daughter dressed as a Stormtrooper, it was her idea.

What hobbies, activities, or topics do you most like spending time on?

Between a dissertation, a full time job, and two kids, I don’t have much down time. I love to read and look forward to having some time for non-compulsory reading soon!

What is one interesting fact that many people might not know about you?

I am a big nerd when it comes to animals. I have tons of random animal facts lodged in my brain that are really only useful when on safari (see below). I even saved my own money to go to animal training camps when I was in high school. I’ve been able to interact with killer whales, dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions, walruses, and penguins.

What is the most interesting country you have visited or would like to visit? Why?

I was able to spend a summer in Kenya between my junior and senior year of college. I loved the land and the people. I feel like it was a necessary experience in shaping my global perspective and theology. There’s no experience like international travel. I would like to go as a family when our kids are older.

If you could go back and meet any one famous historical figure, who would you pick and why?

I’ve always been more interested in the future than the past. Rather than meet a historical figure, I would want to meet a world leader from the future. I would want to know how we’ve fared. What have we learned and what do we still not get?

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