My areas of expertise are science education and teacher preparation. I received my B.S. in Molecular Biology and M.S.T. in Biology from the University of West Florida, and Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I have over 15 years of experience as a student and teacher of science/education and have taught K-12 sciences as well as undergraduate and graduate science education/pedagogy courses. My experience in science education teaching has made me a firm supporter of science inquiry and reform-based instruction. I enjoy working with pre-service k-12 teachers and supporting culturally and linguistically diverse learners. My interests include reform-based instruction in STEM education, especially in terms of equity, multilingual learners, and teacher preparation.
I have worked with culturally and linguistically diverse children and families in the university-based lab school and Head Start classrooms as a preschool teacher. I am interested in teacher identity, young children’s identity and agency, second language learning, cultural diversity, and early STEM learning.
I am a new arrival to NSC and excited to continue my life mission of “transforming the world, one mind at a time”. Prior to my new position, I was Professor in the Department of Elementary Education at California State University, Northridge where for 13 years, I instructed courses related to bilingual education, English language learners, literacy development, and multicultural education. I also taught courses in the Linguistics Department specifically focused upon TESOL methods, language, gender, identity, and multiple literacies. During my tenure at CSUN, I served in several leadership roles including serving as Director of the LA Times Literacy Center, MA Program Coordinator, Chair of the College Curriculum Committee and Co-PI of the Future Male Minority Teachers Grant. I earned my B.A. in Spanish from Xavier University in New Orleans. I received a master’s degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. I completed my doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Temple University in Philadelphia.