CU graduate devotes teaching to bilingual students

Posted at 6:44 AM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 18:03:09-04

BOULDER, Colo. — A University of Colorado graduate is devoting her teaching career to her experience growing up as a bilingual student. Adriana Alvarez will receive her PhD in educational equity and cultural diversity from the CU School of Education at the spring graduation ceremony on Friday.

Alvarez moved to the United States when she was 11 years old. During her schooling in Texas, Alvarez explained her experience with teachers not approving of her speaking Spanish in the classroom. Alvarez decided to enroll at a local university and graduate from high school a year early. She became a bilingual school teacher in Texas at the same school district she grew up attending.

With encouragement and support from a university professor, she set her sights for CU. Friday will mark five years of schooling for Alvarez in Boulder. Alvarez says she is dedicating her future in teaching to helping encourage and foster bilingual students through education.

After graduation she will begin an assistant professor job at the University of Texas at Austin teaching bilingual and bicultural education.