From UA News: Leah Durán grew up hearing her grandparents speak Spanish, but it wasn't until she became fluent in the language and started her teaching career that she found her passion for bilingual education. Today, that passion has led to her appointment as the 2018 Richard Ruiz Scholar/Artist in Residence.
"When I realized I wanted to be a teacher, because I spoke Spanish, someone suggested to me that I should be a bilingual teacher," said Durán, an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies in the University of Arizona College of Education. "I taught in Texas in bilingual and English as a second language classrooms. That work made me want to find more answers about the best ways to support the literacy learning of bilingual children." Read this full article by Stacy Pigott.