Teacher, Researcher, and Seeker of Equity of Opportunity for All
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Language in Education, University at Albany, The State University of New York. Dissertation: Cultural Dissonance in ESL Dialogue. (Chair – A.N. Applebee): Presidential Distinguished Dissertation Award
M.A. in English/TESOL, University at Albany, The State University of New York. Honors: Magna Cum Laude
B.A. in English/Sociology, University at Albany, The State University of New York. Honors: Magna Cum Laude; Special Talent Scholarship- Japanese
2019 - present Associate Professor, Florida International University
2017-2019 Associate Professor, Chair (2018-2019) Department of Educational Theory and Practice, School of Education, University at Albany.
2009-2017 Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, School of Education, University at Albany.
HONORS and AWARDS
2019 National School Development Council's Cooperative Leadership Award
2015 Community Engagement Award, University at Albany, for exemplary translation of research into policy and practice
2012 Early Career Award, Literacy Research Association: Committee on Ethnicity, Race & Multilingualism
2011-2012 Invited member, President Obama’s Advisory Committee on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
GRANTS AND CONTRACTS
2005-Present. Principal Investigator and Lead Field Researcher, Know Your Schools~for NYKids funded by the State of New York. 2013-2015 Principal Investigator, Race-to-the-Top Evaluation Study in collaboration with the New York State Department of Education (NYSED).