Raven is a full-time doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology, Reading and Literacy, at the University of Utah. She earned her M.A.E. and B.A. English from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. She taught elementary school for six years in Title 1 schools in Colorado and the Salt lake area. Her experience includes teaching in Kiribati as a Peace Corps Volunteer as well as hiking the Appalachian Trail. Raven enjoys hiking, camping, and having her in-laws watch her two children.
Kona was born and raised in South Korea. She is a PhD student in the Department of Education, Culture and Society at the University of Utah and a graduate research assistant at the Urban Institute for Urban Teacher Education. She has also been teaching Korean courses as an associate instructor at the Department of Languages and Literature since 2013. After completing her bachelor's degrees in Linguistics and International Studies, she received an M.Ed. in ECS from the University of Utah. Her research interest focuses on education for linguistically and culturally diverse students. Her specific areas of interest include bilingual education, heritage language maintenance, ESL, and teacher education.