Pepperdine GSEP Faculty Directory
Reyna Garcia-Ramos, PhD
PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara; BA, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Reyna Garcia-Ramos teaches in the master of arts in education program at GSEP and leads the university chapter of the California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE). Her focus is on addressing the widening academic gap of English learners in California's public school system, in part by establishing university-school partnerships that allow future teachers extensive learning experiences with the English learner youth in our communities.
Garcia-Ramos formerly worked in bilingual classrooms in the Los Angeles Unified School Districut and Goleta Unified School District. She was a community educator and organizer for a community-based-organization. In this role she helped design culturally relevant curricula for Spanish-speaking immigrants in the Inland Valley Empire and supervised instructors to deliver ESL, literacy, and civics instruction as required through the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
Garcia-Ramos was the director of legislative affairs for CABE from 2006 to 2008 and is currently the secretary of the Bilingual Education Research Committee of the American Educational Research Association. She has been called upon as an expert witness regarding issues of bilingual education through the California Superior Court system.
- 673: Second Language Development: Theories and Foundation
- 791: Dissertation Research
- Pomona Goddess Award for Community Service, 2007
- Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence, 2007
- Women of the Year Unsung Heroine Award, 2004
- Literacy development of bilingual/bicultural children