Paulette ArquerBilingual Special Education (BiSPED), 2018
Paulette Arquer is from Guayama, Puerto Rico and moved to the mainland United States once she graduated high school. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English with concentrations in Literary and Cultural Studies, Writing, and Rhetoric from the Pennsylvania State University. As a second year student, Paulette will be working on the project: Special Ways of Knowing: Learning with Bilingual Children with Mild Disabilities as part of the Zankel Urban Fellowship.
Sophie Dimich-LouvetBilingual/Bicultural Education, 2018
Sophie Dimich-Louvet graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a BA in French-English Translation in 2016. Born to a French father and an American mother, she spent the first half of her life in Paris, France and the second half in Billings, Montana. Sophie student taught at the International School of Brooklyn while completing her masters in Bilingual/Bicultural Studies and recently finished a three month internship at HEC Paris as a program coordinator. Post graduation, Sophie hopes to pursue a career in program coordination in France.
Robin StieglitzBilingual Special Education (BiSPED), 2018
Robin Stieglitz completed her undergraduate studies at Binghamton University where she received bachelors in both Spanish Literature and French Linguistics. She spent the past year as a graduate intern in the Graduate Student Affairs office at Columbia Engineering where she worked with a highly international population. She is excited to learn alongside many young children this year both at her student teaching and at an after-school program facilitated by her adviser, Dr. Martínez-Álvarez. After graduating from TC in May 2018, she hopes to do additional traveling in South America, before teaching in an inclusive bilingual elementary school.
Katherine Keim-Riveros is from Santiago, Chile, and holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature and an M.Ed., mention in Educational Informatics from Universidad de Chile, and an M.A. in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. After the program in NYC, she returned to Chile and is currently working as a higher education teacher at Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She trains pedagogy students to become English school teachers and to teach English as a foreign language.
Milagros RodriguezBilingual Special Education Studies (BiSPED), 2017
Milagros Rodriguez was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States when she was 8 months old! She has lived in Queens, NY ever since. When she started school in NYC, she was in a transitional bilingual program up to the 3rd grade. She has always been passionate about education and wanted to provide to other students the opportunity given to her as a child. She graduated El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in Brooklyn, NY as Salutatorian and went on to the University of Rochester. She majored in Spanish Literature and minored in Business. She then pursued a Masters in Bilingual Bicultural Special Education at TC. She is now a 3rd grade Special Education teacher (ICT) at P.S.108 in Brooklyn.
Naomi Erlewine received her Masters in BBE in May 2015. As the daughter of a Japanese mother and American father, she grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota speaking English and Japanese and was always immersed in a bicultural environment. Naomi currently teaches at a Japanese-English dual language program in Glendale, Southern California. Through her work as an educator, she would like to advocate for diversity in education and support the identity development of multiracial children.
Elizabeth MaBilingual/Bicultural Childhood Education, 2014
Elizabeth Ma was born and raised in Hong Kong. She attended Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Institute of Education to pursue her bachelor degrees in English Studies and English Language Education. During her college years, she was offered opportunities to study abroad in Australia and to complete an internship in the UK. The experiences led her to gain interest in Bilingual Education. She thus furthered her studies in the Bilingual/Bicultural Education program at TC. Throughout the two years with BBE, Elizabeth participated in research projects, and observed and taught in bilingual classrooms. She is currently working as a bilingual teacher in an NYC public school, growing and learning more every day with her students about living among different cultures and speaking multiple languages.
Xiaojun XieInitial Teacher Certification with Bilingual Extension, 2014
Originally from Shanghai, China, Xiaojun Xie earned her bachelor degree from East China Normal University, with a major of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. Currently, she is a Dual Language Mandarin teacher at PS 20M The Anna Silver School. She teaches in a side-by-side classroom, where she work closely with an English co-teacher to help both native speakers and language learners learn content subjects using Mandarin. The BBE program has always supported her to explore the world of bilingual education, and to keep growing as an effective bilingual teacher.
Sarah McLean grew up in New England, attended college at Yale University, and is a 2005 graduate of the M.A. Program in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. She speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, which she used for 12 years as a dual-language classroom teacher and Head of English Learning at the Chinese International School in Hong Kong. Sarah is currently Grammar School Director at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York.