I am an Assistant Professor of Elementary Social Studies in the School of Education at Iowa State University. I use critical race frameworks to explore how racial and cultural experiences impact Asian American and Latin@ pre- and in-service teachers' pedagogy and curricular enactment. My other research interests include the teaching of immigration, adding counternarratives to the curriculum, teaching against Islamophobia, and broadening conceptualizations of citizenship.
I teach early childhood and elementary social studies undergraduate methods courses and have developed K-8 Asian American studies and Mexican American/Tejano studies curriculum. As a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, I created and taught an Asian American Studies course entitled Asian Americans & Education. I am a veteran elementary teacher with a M. Ed. in Bilingual Education and have presented at CUFA (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), NCSS (2015, 2016, 2017), AERA (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), NABE (2013, 2015, 2017), TABE (2010, 2012), among other conferences. I taught first, second, fourth, and fifth grades in Austin, Texas for nine years and provide professional development to K-8 social studies teachers.
Outside of academia, my interests include baking, art, music, documentaries, crafting, and planning elaborate themed parties for my two daughters.