Gilberto Lara, PhD

Gilberto P. Lara is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bilingual and Bicultural Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has 15 years of emergent bilingual education experience in dual-language, sheltered contexts, and teacher education settings. A former bilingual and ESL classroom teacher, he holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. He earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Boise State University in Education with concentrations in Bilingual Education and ESL Methods. His research interests are to explore the pedagogical practices of teachers in dual language/EL classrooms and the incorporation of community cultural wealth through the use of multicultural children’s literature. He spent his childhood in both the United States and Mexico and considers himself bilingual-bicultural-biliterate.