Dr. Maria Alma González Pérez Curriculum Vita

Dr. Ma. Gonzalez PerezMARIA ALMA GONZALEZ PÉREZ, Ed. D.

e-mail: magperez50@yahoo.com

 

OBJECTIVE:

To utilize my background and expertise to train teachers to teach language skills and content to language minority students in bilingual settings

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Doctor of Education – Bilingual Education

Texas A&M University-Kingsville, TX

Doctoral dissertation:  The Relationship Between Spanish Language Proficiency and Academic Achievement Among Graduates of a Small High School in South Texas

 

Master of Arts – Major: Spanish

Texas Woman’s University – Denton, TX

Master’s thesis: Southwest Heritage: Traducción Abreviada al Español

 

Bachelor of Arts – Majors: English/Spanish,  Minor: Education

Texas Woman’s University – Denton, TX

 

Certification Areas

  • Provisional English-as-a-Second Language (6-12)
  • Provisional Secondary Reading (6-12)
  • Professional Supervisor (PK-12)
  • Professional Secondary Spanish (6-12)
  • Provisional Secondary English (6-12)
  • Provisional Secondary Spanish (6-12)

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2000-2014       Director – The University of Texas – Pan American (UTPA), Starr County Campus, Rio Grande City, TX

  • EDBE 3316 – Development of Biliteracy
  • READ 3329 – The Language Arts Curriculum

2008-2014       Lecturer – Department of Modern Languages – UTPA

  • SPAN 3304 – Advanced Writing Composition
  • SPAN 3330 – Spanish Grammar

SSII 2001        Instructor – Teaching for Excellence Institute – Texas A&M Kingsville (TAMUK), Kingsville, TX

SSII 2000        Instructor – Teaching for Excellence Institute – TAMUK

1998-2000       Lecturer – Teacher Intern Supervisor – College of Education, UTPA – Edinburg, TX

  • EDBE 4304 – Development of Bilingualism
  • EDBE 3322 – Foundations of Bilingualism
  • EDBE 3315 -Teaching Content in Spanish
  • EDCI 3305 – Foundations of Multicultural Education
  • EDCI 4306 – Instructional Methodology/Management
  • READ 3323 – Reading Acquisition
  • READ 3325 – Cognition and Reading Comprehension

Spring 1999     Adjunct Faculty – College of Arts & Humanities – Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), Laredo, TX

  • SPAN 4311 – Problems of Teaching Spanish
  • SPAN 1306 – Intermediate Spanish

SSII-1997       Lecturer – College of Graduate Studies – TAMUK

  • EDSL 5377 – Teaching English as a Second Language

1994-97           Visiting Assistant Professor/Teacher Intern Supervisor College of Education – TAMIU

  • EDCI 3305  – Methods, Management, and Discipline
  • EDBE 5326 – Teaching Language Arts in Spanish
  • EDRD 3303 – Teaching Reading and Language Arts
  • EDME 4324 – Teaching Diverse Student Populations
  • EDBE 3310 – Foundations of Bilingual Education
  • EDCI 4993 – Teaching Internship
  • EDCI 4397/98 – Alternative Certification Practicum I/II

1976-94           English/Spanish teacher – Zapata High School – Zapata, TX

  • English I, II, III, IV, IV-HONORS
  • Spanish I, II, III, IV
  • Practical/Creative Writing

1973-76           Spanish Teacher (7th – 8th) – Zapata Jr. High School – Zapata, TX

1972-1973       Graduate teaching assistant in Spanish – Foreign Language Dept. – Texas Woman’s University – Denton, TX

 

FIELD-RELATED EXPERIENCES

2000               State Textbook Review Panel Spanish Literature Grade 6

1981-1994     Spanish Honor Society sponsor – Zapata High School

1986-1994     Newspaper Staff sponsor – Zapata High School

1986-1994     University Interscholastic League Ready Writing / Journalism sponsor – Zapata High School (10 regional qualifiers)

1989-1990    Teacher Advisory Council (secretary/member) – Zapata CISD

1990-1991     Faculty Club secretary – Zapata High School

1990-1991     National Honor Society Faculty Council – Zapata High School

1983-1984    Texas State Teachers Association Local Chapter treasurer

1976-1980     Student Council sponsor – ZapataHigh School

1976-1993     Scholarship Committee member – Zapata High School

1973-1976     Courtesy Service Club sponsor – Zapata Jr. High School

1973-1976     Student Council sponsor – Zapata Jr. High School

1973-94         English-Spanish – Spanish/English unofficial translator Zapata CISD & Texas Agriculture Extension Office

 

PUBLISHED WORKS

           

RESEARCH PROJECTS

  •  Top Students at Zapata High School – The Last Thirty-five Years (factors in the academic achievement of Hispanic Students)
  • Spanish Influence in the United States (teaching module)
  • Writing Creatively in the ESL Classroom (handbook for teaching writing to language-minority students)

  

UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS

An Angel from Above/Un ángel desde arriba (bilingual children’s book about the presence of angels in our lives)

Biliteracy Handbook (language reference manual for bilingual education teachers)

¡Todos de Fiesta! A Hispanic Customs & Traditions Alphabet Book (bilingual alphabet book)

Lo que el río se llevó – lo que el río nos dejó (collection of survivor stories of the Flood of 1953 that caused the relocation of most towns in Zapata County)

Pancake Saturdays and Barbacoa Sundays (bilingual children’s book on biculturalism)

¡Todos al Rodeo! A Vaquero Alphabet Book (bilingual alphabet book)

 

 

COMMENDATIONS

 2011               Zapata County Historical Commission Quinceañera Madrina

1992-1993     U.S. Department of Education Doctoral Fellowship, Texas A&M University – Kingsville

1990-1991     Zapata High School Level III Career Ladder

1990                Zapata High School Teacher of the Year

1972-1973     Graduate Fellowship – Texas Woman’s University

1969                Class salutatorian – Zapata High School

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

 2010-2012   Zapata County Historical Commission

2002-2004   Texas Migrant Council Board of Directors

1998-1999     Texas Association of School Boards Region One Board of Directors

1997-1999      Zapata County Appraisal District Board member

1995-1999      Zapata County Independent School District Board of Trustees – member/secretary/vice-president/State Conference delegate

1985-pres      Church Lector – Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church – Zapata, TX

1977-1993      Annual Zapata High School scholarship donor

Ongoing         Mistress of Ceremonies for weddings & quinceañeras