Dr. Katherine Espinoza is an assistant professor of Bilingual and ESL in the Department of Educator and Leadership Preparation at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She is a San Antonio native who grew up as a simultaneous bilingual. Dr. Espinoza is an educational advocate and leader with expertise in bilingual and multicultural education, family engagement, and responsive pedagogies.
Dr. Espinoza graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2019 with a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Cultural Studies in Education. Her dissertation research on teachers’ activism has earned awards at state and national levels through the Texas Association of Bilingual Education (TABE) and the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE).
Prior to becoming an academic, Dr. Espinoza was a dual language teacher for ten years in a Title I school. This is where her passion for working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students, families, and communities began.
Dr. Espinoza served as co-editor of The Handbook of Latinos and Education V2 (2021) and is co-editor of the NABE Journal of Research and Practice (NJRP). Dr. Espinoza is dedicated to promoting issues of equity and social justice in education for CLD students. She is passionate about working with educational stakeholders through conscious raising discourse and actions to impact societal change within education through equity-oriented pedagogies. Her research is grounded in qualitative methodologies that uplift communities of color. She has conducted research on cultural and racial identities, preservice teacher formation, teacher activism, and CLD family engagement. Dr. Espinoza has published in several journals in the field of education including The Urban Review and The Journal of Language, Identity, and Education.
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