Teaching Philosophy

Critical Ped

As a researcher and teacher educator, I orient my work around critical literacies, culturally (and linguistically) sustaining pedagogies, and anti-racist curriculum. I aim to facilitate experiences that enable current and future teachers and researchers to disrupt deficit narratives and damage-centered research. In my courses, I prioritize frameworks that uplift the complex range of language and literacy practices of our students. As teachers, I believe we must approach our work with an understanding of power, privilege, and oppression, and how education can reinforce or disrupt these dynamics.

Courses Taught

Language, Literacy, & Teaching Methods Courses


EDIS 5428: ESL Methods PreK-12

University of Virginia, School of Education and Human Development
This course is designed for current and future teachers seeking an ESL endorsement with their Virginia teaching license or seeking to learn more about how to serve English learners (ELs) in classrooms.

EDIS 5470: ESOL Assessment & Curriculum Design

University of Virginia, School of Education and Human Development
The purpose of this course is to prepare teachers to work with students (K-12) for whom English is not their native language. Work will include examining instruments used to assess English proficiency and the interpretation of those assessments. The curriculum design aspect of the course will be based on a differentiation model. Discussions will include topics such as cultural differences in personal interactions, strategies for working with families, and effective strategies for facilitating the learning of English by speakers of other languages and dialects.

EDUC6346: Teaching Bilingual Students in Elementary Grades

Boston College, School of Education and Human Development
Deals with the practical aspects of the instruction of teaching bilingual students in mainstream classrooms for elementary and early childhood education majors. Reviews and applies literacy and content area instructional approaches. Includes such other topics as history and legislation related bilingual education, and the influences of language and culture on students, instruction, curriculum, and assessment.

TL525: Teaching English Language Learners in Middle/High School

Boston University, School of Education
Focus on current theory/research related to teaching English language learners and the implications for effective language, literacy, and content-area assessment and instructional practices in Sheltered English Immersion classrooms in middle/high schools. Planned for students seeking licensure in the content areas at the 5-12 level.

EDUC7473: Teaching Writing

Boston College, School of Education and Human Development
Discusses developing and sustaining a writing curriculum for teachers in K-12, including a variety of pedagogical approaches to developing a sustained and enjoyable classroom writing culture. Grade is based on a portfolio of finished writing and a strategic plan for implementing writing protocols and ideas in the classroom.

HDF702: Language, Literacy, and Culture

Wheelock College, School of Education
Explores the relationships between language and culture. Examines methods of helping linguistically diverse students develop literacy abilities within contexts that draw upon and extend home language competencies. Focuses both on native English speakers who speak non-mainstream varieties of English and on children who speak a first language other than English.

Theoretical Perspectives & Research Methods


RES722: Research on Language and Literacy

Wheelock College, School of Education
Introduces varied approaches to language and literacy research. Provides experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. Participants prepare analyses of assessment data and write research briefs for other teachers. Based on questions from their practice, students summarize existing literature and prepare a research proposal.

BI620: Educational Issues in Bilingualism

Boston University, School of Education
Explores the effect of language diversity on the education of school-aged students. Examines national and international theory, research, policy, and practice in teaching students who speak languages other than the national language.

EDUC7436: Curriculum Theories and Practice

Boston College, School of Education and Human Development
Asks teachers to analyze the philosophical underpinnings of educational practices. Also asks teachers to examine their own philosophies of education and to construct meaning and practice from the interplay between their beliefs and alternative theories. Designed for individuals advanced in their professional development.