- 2009 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Arizona
Area of concentration: Learning Disabilities with an emphasis in Bilingual/Multicultural Special Education through the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, & School Psychology.
Dissertation Title: “Mexican origin parents with special needs children: Using a critically compassionate intellectualism model to support and foster their participation in U.S. schools through a Participatory Action Research Project”
Dissertation Chairs: Dr. Todd V Fletcher, Dr. Julio Cammarota
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Alfredo Artiles, Dr. Mary Carol Combs, Dr. June Maker
- 1999 Masters of Education, University of Arizona
Area of concentration: Learning Disabilities with an emphasis in Bilingual/Multicultural Special Education.
- 1993 Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Berkeley
Major in Spanish Literature; Minor in Education
- 2000 Arizona Community College Special Teaching Certificate
Pima Community College
- 1996 Arizona Department of Education, Temporary Elementary Certificate
License Number: 3002179
- 1996 State of California Commission on Teaching Credentialing, California Multiple Subjects Credential; License Number: 990132945
California State University at Long Beach
Area of concentration: Bilingual Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development
I am a former bilingual education and bilingual special education teacher who is currently interested in the ways in which culture, language, and ability intersect in school systems. My experiences as an educator in California, Arizona, and Washington States have strongly guided me toward research centered on Latino immigrant families of children with disabilities.
Specifically, I am concerned with how educational policy and practice marginalize non-dominant or minoritized families who attempt, with little support or encouragement, to navigate complex systems embedded within settings coined inclusive. Of particular interest to me are models of critical inquiry and pedagogy that aim to radically transform the lives of children with disabilities and their families through applying compassionate action and raising sociopolitical consciousness among all stakeholders who interact with our students.