I am a professor of literacy studies in the Department of Educational Specialties at the University of Nevada, Reno. I earned a PhD from Michigan State University in 1997. I have focused on the areas of literacy and diversity throughout my career as a classroom teacher and currently as a teacher educator and researcher. My research interests include studying how children from linguistically diverse backgrounds learn literacy in upper-elementary classrooms and how pre- and in-service teachers approach literacy instruction in linguistically and culturally diverse settings. I also study how teachers learn to engage in qualitative research. I am the author of books, articles, and book chapters that focus on literacy instruction in diverse settings with a particular focus on how pre- and in-service teachers learn to teach children from nondominant backgrounds. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in upper-elementary literacy methods, graduate courses pertaining to literacy pedagogy and theory, and graduate courses focused on qualitative research.