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I am an educator and researcher. I specialize in educational sociolinguistics and work with dual language programs to support the bilingualism and biliteracy of their students.

I have been a language educator for over 15 years. During that time, I have taught English as a Second/Foreign Language to children and youth in Costa Rica and the United States and trained pre-service and in-service teachers working in linguistically diverse school settings in both countries.

In 2014, I became an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Literacy, and English Language Learners in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where I teach courses on biliteracy and sheltered instruction.

Awards, Fellowships, and Media


The Hechinger Report, 2017

Media Mention. “At this one-of-a-kind Boston public high school, students learn calculus in Spanish.”

Erasmus+ Faculty Fellowship, 2017

In connection with my research in the area of language education, in Fall 2016 I was the recipient of an Erasmus+ Faculty Fellowship to teach at The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) in Poland. I visited KUL in May (2017) to give a series of lectures titled “Sociolinguistics and Education in Contexts of High Migration: A Comparative Perspective,” where I discussed the implications of various approaches to language education around the world. The Erasmus program, which is run by the European Commission, is one of the top higher education mobility programs in the world.

TESOL Leadership Mentoring Program Award, 2015

Because of my service to the TESOL International association, in 2015 I received the TESOL Leadership Mentoring Award. This honor is awarded to TESOL members who demonstrate potential to lead the organization. The TESOL Leadership Mentoring Award pairs selected individuals with TESOL leaders who mentor recipients throughout the year as they contribute their time and expertise to TESOL. Recipients are recognized during the open ceremony at the TESOL International Convention, and invited to several  events with TESOL leaders. Recipients are also invited to participate in TESOL’s Leadership Development Certificate Program.