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Allison completed her Ed.D. in International & Multicultural Education with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition in 2013. After many years of working in bilingual education programs, as a coach and as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, she was attracted to IME’s second language acquisition emphasis and the program’s flexibility.
"I didn’t have a clear goal in mind when I decided to return to school – I just knew I had a lot more to learn. Looking back, however, it seems that the path I took was both natural and inevitable. I loved the small classes, personalized attention and the wonderful community in the IME Department. My professors were brilliant and supportive and were clearly committed to making positive changes in the world. I had the opportunity to go to the Ecuadorian Amazon with IME students and professors for a Minga. We worked alongside teachers from the Achuar nationality, co-developing a trilingual (English, Spanish, Achuar) curriculum for their schools. We slept in tents in their community, shared their food, drank chicha, and bathed in the river. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!"
Allison was a finalist for the National Association of Bilingual Education’s (NABE’s) dissertation of the year award. Her dissertation, Teaching Dilemmas: Language Development for English Learners in a Hypersegregated Dual Immersion Program, explored the instructional strategies teachers used to foster academic language, in both Spanish and English, in a setting in which almost all the students were native Spanish speakers.
Allison is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Reading at Texas Woman’s University. Her future goals are to help develop teachers who will all know how to successfully teach English learners and to conduct research that will improve the ways in which English learners are taught.
As an educator of peace and human rights, I was instantly drawn to the International & Multicultural Education program to complete my studies using an applied approach to impact the field of education in a positive way. In reviewing the faculty profiles, I was also impressed by the breadth of knowledge that the professors offered and felt my research interests aligned with the faculty who were focused on Human Rights Education.
The Research and Pedagogy Symposium (RAPS) was one highlight of my first year of the program. I was inspired by the work being done both on a local level and an international level by my fellow scholar-practitioners within our learning community.
I would recommend prospective students to speak to both faculty and current students at the School of Education. In addition, sitting in a course will also offer a preview of what the content of the courses are like and gain a better understanding of the learning community at USF.