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.
Adrienne is a third year doctoral student in the Educational Psychology, Reading and Literacy Department at the University of Utah. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the U, and an M.Ed in Reading and Literacy, also from the U. She taught elementary school in Salt Lake City for 6 years before returning to graduate school. Being a Salt Lake native, she enjoys everything Utah has to offer, espcially cycling, hiking, and skiing.
Lisa is a master's student in the department of Education, Culture, and Society. She graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor's of Science in Sociology. As a member of the UITE-Urban Institute for Teacher Education staff, Lisa will be working with outreach and recruitment initiatives. Lisa's expertise is informed by the work she has done with various secondary schools throughout the Salt Lake valley, including Granite Park Junior High and East High School. Aside from her graduate studies, you may find Lisa exploring the outdoors.
Anne is a full time PhD student in the Department of Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Utah. She holds an M.Ed in Secondary Education and a B.A. in Spanish and Public Relations. Anne spent 8 years teaching Social Studies, Spanish, and as an Instructional Coach in both Pennsylvania and Utah schools. She currently teaches Introduction to Multicultural Education at the University of Utah. Anne enjoys spending time in her garden, reading, and road tripping with her partner and three kids.
Sandra is a doctoral student at the University of Utah in the depart of Educational Leadership and Policy. Her research focus in on understanding bilingual education as a potential catalyst for culturally relevant and sustaining pedagogies. At Michigan State University, she earned her B.A. in Elementary Education with specializations in Spanish and History, and thereafter, her M.Ed in bilingual education from the University of California, San Diego. She has enjoyed teaching all age groups from preschoolers to middle school and spent a year as a charter school administrator. When she isn’t working in education, you can find Sandra outside enjoying Utah’s beautiful lakes and mountains.
Malynda is a doctoral student in the Department of Special Education, Mild/Moderate Program, at the University of Utah and a graduate assistant with the CEEDAR professional development project. After receiving bachelor’s degrees in special education and elementary education, she received a master’s of education degree in educational studies, and teaching endorsements in reading and mathematics. Malynda taught for over 10 years in secondary special education classrooms before working throughout Utah as a state professional development coach. Her research interests include ensuring students with disabilities have access to grade level mathematics curriculum through quality classroom instruction. Malynda enjoys following her three children around to their various activities and traveling, especially to Disneyland.
Liz Thackeray Nelson
Liz 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. in English at Georgetown University and B.A. in English Teaching from Brigham Young University. She taught high school language arts courses for six years at an alternative high school for at-risk youth in Virginia as well as East High School in Salt Lake. Liz enjoys refinishing furniture, reading to her nieces, and playing with her dog, Mr. Darcy.