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Our Impact- Spotlight on DLD Alumni

Our Impact- Spotlight on DLD Alumni


College of Education Dean's List Awardees

  • Delia Stephanie Mariscal, 2018
  • Ngoc Tran, 2016
  • Megan Alva, 2014
  • Lucero Chavez, 2012

Teaching and Professional Roles

  • Rosa Sanchez (Class of 2018), teacher, Nava College Preparatory Academy, LAUSD.
  • Daisy Salazar (Class of 2016), Spanish-speaking dual immersion teacher, Culver City Unified School District, Culver City, California.
  • Sandra Haro (Class of 2016), Second grade Spanish emphasis dual language teacher, La Ballona Elementary School in Culver City Unified School District, Culver City, California.
  • Annie Mendez (Class 2016), teacher, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
  • Nira Sun (Class of 2015), Mandarin teacher, Mendez High School, LAUSD.
  • Carolina Arzate (Class of 2015), First grade Spanish emphasis dual language teacher, Culver City Unified School District, Culver City, California.
  • Susan Shi (Class of 2014), Mandarin teacher, Pacific Middle School and Mission Bay High School, San Diego, California.
  • Yangyang Shen (Class of 2013), E2 Mandarin Language Teacher, Frontiers Academy, Anaheim, California.
  • Alexi Daher (Class of 2012), adjunct faculty to teach courses in Arabic, Occidental College.
  • Maria Martinez (Class of 2011), language and cultural assistant, El Ejido, in the providence of Andalucia, Spain.
  • Gabriela Perez-Ugalde (Class of 2011), Intervention Coordinator, The New City School, Long Beach Unified School District. 
  • Happy Xu Shen (Class of 2010), elementary school teacher in a Mandarin Dual Immersion Program (MDIP), Fletcher Elementary, Orange Unified School District.

Presentations and Publications

  • Ann Bui and Veronica Zendejas (Class of 2013) presented at the California Association for Bilingual Education in Long Beach, California with DLD Prof. Trini Lewis a presentation entitled "The Role of Action Research for Improving Literacy Practices of Special Needs, Bilingual, and Spanish-speaking Students."
  • Lucero Chavez, Anamay Delreal, and Georgina Perez (Class 2010) presented at the California Association for Bilingual Education in Long Beach, California with DLD Prof. Trini Lewis a presentation entitled "Improving Differentiated Instruction through Assessment Practices and Action Research in English learner and Bilingual Classroom Settings."
  • Andrea Crawford, Ericka Garcia, Rachel Rockwell, Esmeralda Rosas and Young Hee (Class of 2011) presented their findings from one of their graduate courses at the 32nd Ethnography Forum at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The final analysis, results, and conclusions of the participant observation case studies were shared on a panel entitled: “Biliteracy Development in the Homes of Bilingual Children in Dual Language Immersion Schools in SO CAL: Implications for Hybridization in Biliteracy Instruction.” The graduate candidate’s panel was moderated by DLD Prof. Olga Rubio.
  • Christine D'Aquanni, Maggie Solorzano and Jackie Torres (Class of 2008), with Professor Leslie Reese, presented a workshop at the 7th Annual International Reading Association in Guatemala entitled "Action Research in Bilingual Classrooms/La investigacion accion en salones bilingues."
  • Esmeralda Ramos (Class of 2008) co-authored a chapter with Prof. Trini Lewis entitled "Improving Collaboration with Hard to Reach Parents in an English Language Learner Population: One Teacher's Exploration." The chapter appeared in an International Reading Association Publication entitled One Classroom, Many Learners: Best Practices in Today's Multilingual Classrooms.

Doctoral Study​

  • Erika Garcia (Class of 2011), Ed.D completed at USC
  • Shirley Parry (Class of 2009), Ph.D completed at USC