School of Art Interim Director

Joy Esquierdo

Interim Director, Dr. Joy Esquierdo

Dr. J. Joy Esquierdo is a Professor in the Department of Bilingual and Literacy Studies at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. She is the Director for the Center for Bilingual Studies, part of the B3 Institute. Dr. Esqueirdo’s academic interests center on Bilingual/Dual Language Education, Gifted and Talented Education and the cognitive development of children, especially bilingual children. Her research agenda includes topics that focus on the academic performance of bilingual-dual language students in various areas such as gifted education, content biliteracy development (English and Spanish), and overall best teaching practices for bilingual-dual language learners that focus on academic rigor. She has co-authored two books: Teaching Content to Latino Bilingual-Dual Language Learners: Maximizing Their Learning and A Practical Guide for Student Interns: Meeting the Needs of Latino Students and their Communities. Her most important role is being a mother to two boys, Andrés Joaquín and Rolando Jesús.


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