I am an educational researcher who studies language and literacy learning in elementary bilingual classrooms. My specific areas of expertise include two-way immersion, translanguaging theory/practice, genre-based writing pedagogies, and classroom discourse analysis. My work is grounded in critical sociocultural perspectives of language and learning and the conviction that critically-oriented bi/multilingual education can transform our schools and society.
I am currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education and the Department of Equity, Bilingualism, and Biliteracy (EBB) within the School of Education at the University of Colorado-Boulder. In this role, I am collaborating with Drs. Millie Gort and Vanessa Santiago Schwarz on research exploring how professional learning in genre-based writing pedagogies can improve writing instruction and outcomes for emergent bilingual students.
Additionally, I hold a faculty position with the English as a New Language (ENL) program in the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at the University of Notre Dame. In this role, I teach a foundations course on second language learning and ESL methods, serve on the Dual Language Leadership Team, and lead professional development for Catholic school teachers across the nation. I also support principals of two-way immersion programs through my work as a Leadership Coach with the Two-Way Immersion Network of Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) at Boston College.