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Nadia attended Brigham Young University for her undergraduate degree; she then earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the Language, Reading & Culture program in the department of Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona. She has worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Utah, and currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at a university. Her research interests include biliteracy, bilingualism, dual language education, community literacies, literacy processes, academic literacies, and women’s literacies. Her research has been published in the Bilingual Research Journal and the Journal of Literacy Research, and she has co-authored several chapters in the field of language and literacy. She and her husband Isaac have three daughters, ages 7, 4, and 1. She grew up playing guitar in a Mariachi group and loves dancing Folklórico. She has a passion for education, language, and literacy, and hopes to instill in her children a life-long love of learning.
Briana earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the Language, Reading, and Culture program in the department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural studies at the University of Arizona and has her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Latin American Studies. She is the founder of “Cien Idiomas” Bilingual Preschool and worked as lead instructor for 3 years. Her research interests include dual language acquisition in early childhood years 0-8. She and her husband Nigel have three beautiful daughters and currently live in Gilbert, Arizona. She loves dancing many genres including traditional Latin American dances, and grew up playing violin in a Mariachi group. She currently sends her daughters to a dual language immersion school and has seen the positive impact first-hand that exposure to a second language in the preschool years can have on language acquisition in children.
Norma González, mother to Briana and Nadia, was born in Tucson, Arizona, of parents who were also born in Tucson. Her grandparents were born in the states of Guadalajara, Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico. She and her husband have six children. She is currently Professor Emerita in the department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona. She is an anthropologist of education and received her Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Her work has focused on language practices and ideologies, language socialization, community-school linkages, bilingual education and Funds of Knowledge. She is past president of the Council of Anthropology and Education and author of I am my language: Discourses of women and children in the borderlands and co-editor, with Luis Moll and Cathy Amanti of Funds of knowledge: Theorizing practices in households, communities and classrooms. Since her retirement, she has continued to mentor students and has stayed involved in her field.