Faculty Spotlight!

Luz Yadira Herrera
Assistant Professor
Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education

Luz Herrera

I am a daughter of immigrants from Nayarit, Mexico who grew up in Los Angeles. Soon after graduating from UCLA, I moved to New York City where I taught in NYC public schools while working on my M.A. in TESOL at Pace University. I eventually decided to pursue a Ph.D. to work with pre-service teachers in an effort to increase my impact on P-12 education.  In 2017, I graduated with my Ph.D. in Urban Education from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and soon after, I moved back to California with my young son Remi to accept a faculty position here at Fresno State.

My teaching and research centers culturally and linguistically sustaining approaches to teaching emergent bilinguals, translanguaging, critical pedagogies, and bilingual education policy.

My co-authored book, En Comunidad: Lessons for Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students (Heinemann), is out February 25, 2020. 

Find me on Twitter @Dra_LuzYadira 

What is one teaching tip you would like to share with your colleagues or your younger self?
Be a co-learner.  Be open to the fresh perspectives and approaches students often bring.

Has CFE helped to better your teaching and learning to engage students for success? If so, how?
CFE has created critical spaces for me to continuously rethink my pedagogical approaches.  And to explore the transformative ways that technology can amplify both learning and instruction.