Sandra L Osorio is a teacher educator with more than 10 years of experience working with English learners. She currently teaches courses in early childhood, bilingual education, and English as a second language (ESL) at the university level. Sandra earned a B.A. in elementary education and a M.Ed. in bilingual and ESL education, both from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from UIUC. Sandra’s dissertation study, Yo tengo algo que decir: Promoting Critical Literacy among Emergent Bilinguals was an action research study of her second grade bilingual students’ discussions around multicultural texts. Her own personal narrative growing up bilingual and having a deficient-based identity placed upon her because of her linguistic and cultural differences has served as a source of motivation to continue working with and for English learners. She is a proud daughter of Colombian immigrants and currently resides in Illinois.
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