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 research interests also include the teaching of immigration and diverse children's literature, adding counternarratives to the curriculum, and broadening conceptualizations of citizenship; my current research projects focus on the educational experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Iowa and using YA to teach future elementary educators about anti-Black racism and Indigenous histories.
I teach early childhood and elementary social studies undergraduate methods courses and have developed K-8 Asian American studies and Mexican American/Tejano studies curricula that have been implemented in public school classrooms. 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 an experienced elementary teacher who taught first, second, fourth, and fifth grades in Austin, Texas for nine years and I continue to provide professional development to K-8 social studies teachers at the national, state, and local levels. Honors include the 2017 Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award from the National Council for the Social Studies and the 2019 Early Career Award from the Children's Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Outside of academia, my interests include baking, art, music, documentaries, crafting, and planning elaborate themed parties for my two daughters.