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Elenita Irizarry Ramos M.A.

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras


e-mail: elenita.irizarry@upr.edu

Education

2019 [Expected] University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras| Ed.D. Curriculum and Teaching
Chair: Dr. Kevin Carroll Ph.D.
Committee members: Dr. Annette Lopez & Dr. Rebecca Martinez
2015 University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez| M.A. English Education
Thesis: Breaking Social & Language Barriers: Undergraduate
Student Mentorship at a Foster Care Institution in Puerto Rico |
Chair: Dr. Rosita L. Rivera Rodriguez Ph.D.
2012 University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez| B.S. Biology

Major Fields of Research Interests

My research uses qualitative methods to examine English teachers understanding of


resilience among English language learners after Hurricane María. I have also employed
quantitative methodologies to research preservice teachers’ perceptions of diversity in the
classroom. I am specifically interested in bi/multilingual educational contexts ranging
from early emergent bilinguals in primary school to post-secondary multilingual settings.
My research has mainly been focused on Caribbean contexts specifically Puerto Rico.

Assistantships and Awards

2018 Indiana University | Education Graduate Scholars Program


Selected to work full-time on dissertation, offer talks about my research
topic and, in a classroom space, share my experiences as a teacher in
Puerto Rico post hurricane María.
2016 University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras| Academic Excellence Scholarship
Awarded to awarded to high achieving students within the top 5%.
2015-2017 University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras| Graduate Research Assistantship
I coordinate an interdisciplinary research team from the University of
Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras and Metropolitan State University of Denver,
Colorado. I specialized in quantitative and qualitative research methods
and design.
2012-2015 University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez| Graduate Teaching Assistantship
Awarded to high achieving students who wish to obtain experience in
university teaching.

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Teaching Experience

2017-2018 Graduate Teaching Assistant| Methods and Techniques for teaching Grammar and
Composition of English EING 6575
Created and assisted in the development of instructional materials for
graduate course. Also provided feedback on students’ work. Attended
course coordination meetings.
2016 Guest Lecturer | Introduction to Social Sciences CISO 3121
Offered a lecture on the scientific method from both a positivist and anti-
positivist perspective. Also discussed the various qualitative
methodologies used in social sciences.
2015 Course Coordinator Community Experience – INTD 3995
I coordinated scheduling of over 150 undergraduate college volunteers,
extracurricular activities for 26 foster children between the ages of 0 – 9
years. I also established liaisons with local hospitals and businesses to
secure funding for operational costs of a local foster care institution Hogar
Jesús de Nazaret.
2014 Instructor of Record Basic English II – INGL3102
I taught INGL-3102 which is the second English course which students
from the basic track must take as a graduation requirement. 100% of
students passed course.
2014 Instructor of Record Reading & Composition II – INGL3202
I taught INGL-3202 which is the final English course which students from
the basic track must take as a graduation requirement. 100% of students
passed course.
2013 Instructor of Record Intermediate English – ING3103
I taught Intermediate English 1, which consists of analysis of selected
readings, such as essays, fiction, poetry or drama, and practice in writing
compositions with attention given as needed to grammar and idiomatic
expressions. 100% of students passed course.
2013 Instructor of Record Reading & Composition I – INGL3201
I taught INGL-3201 which is the third English which students from the
basic track must take as a graduation requirement. 100% of students
passed course.

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Work Experience

2017 Education Consultant| Caras con causa


Assisted in the strategic planning of the education division; researched
funding opportunities; curriculum design; coordinates afterschool youth
programs in Guaynabo & Cataño, among other responsibilities.
2015 Curriculum Specialist & Content Creator| C3tec: Caribbean Science and
Technology Center
Designed more than 50 biology experiments for grades K-12. Conducted
curriculum evaluation of all education materials created through C3tec’s
Education Program. Created an in-house exhibit catering to Early
Childhood visitors. Produced Curriculum materials for teachers. Directed,
Wrote and Executive Produced a C3tec social media campaign. Created a
Science Night in collaboration with Warner Bros. Puerto Rico to promote
Wonder Woman. Offered interactive guided tours to visitors.

Conference Presentations

2017 Paper Presentation: Addressing Classroom Diversity Competency: A Cross-


Cultural Survey of Pre-Service Candidates Perceptions in Puerto Rico and
Colorado. Seventeenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations,
Communities & Nations, July.

2017 Paper Presentation: Wonder Woman: Promoting Gender Equality through Social
Reconstructionism, Critical Pedagogy, TESL, & Pop Culture. International
Society for Language Studies: Intersections of Peace and Language Studies. June
16

2017 Estudio transcultural de dos programas de formación de maestros acerca de su


preparación para atender la diversidad en el salón de clases. XIV Congreso
puertorriqueño de investigación en la educación. March 9.

2016 From Slacktivism to Activism: Engaging Undergraduate Student in Community


Service through Facebook. XVII Encuentro Internacional EducaVirtual. June 20.

2015 From the Me Generation to the We Generation. TEDxUPRM. December 5

2015 How to Write a Personal Statement. Future Scientist Seminar. December 12.

2014 Evaluating Children’s Banned Books. PRTESOL Annual Conference.

2013 Flipping the ESL Classroom: How and Why? PRTESOL Annual Convention.
Aug. 25.

2012 Breaking Social and Language Barriers: Providing Student Teacher Mentoring to
Underprivileged Children at a Foster Care Institution in Puerto Rico. International
Society of Language Studies

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Publications

Under Review

Vega, E., Lopez, A., Bonilla-Rodríguez, V.; Alvarez, C., Irizarry, E., Vigil, P., Sanjurjo, C.,
Perry-Evenstad, J. Addressing Classroom Diversity Competency: A Survey of Pre-Service
Candidates’ Perceptions in Puerto Rico. The diversity collection.

Professional Publication

Irizarry-Ramos, E. (2016). Investing in Our Future by Investing in Our Teachers [Foreword].


In Professional Development for English Teachers of 21st Century Learners: Enticing ESL
Students to Acquire Communicative Competence through Arts and Technology (pp. 49-50). San
Juan, PR: Universidad de Puerto Rico.

Service Committees

2016-2017 Graduate Student Representative| Student Affairs Committee

2015-2016 Class President| UPRM Graduating Class of 2015

2015-2016 Conference Steering Committee Member| XIV Congreso puertorriqueño


de investigación en la educación

2013-2014 Executive Secretary| WPRTESOL

Languages

English – Excellent Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Fluency

Spanish – Excellent Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Fluency

Featured in:

The Colegio Blogporter- UPRM Student newspaper

If you have taken a basic English course at the University of Puerto Rico-
Mayagüez recently, you probably have met, heard about, or seen Elenita Irizarry,
a graduate teaching assistant of the Department of English. There is a spark that
shines in certain people, and Elenita is undoubtedly one of them.

https://engl3268.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/teaching-to-make-a-
difference/

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