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About Cristina Gillanders

When I was a young girl and I was living in Argentina, my grandparents gave me a small blackboard for my birthday. Every day I would come from my bilingual school and repeat everything that the teacher had said, teaching invisible children. My mother could tell everything that had happened in school that day from my dramatic play. From early on, I knew I was interested in working with children and teachers. After moving back to Venezuela as a teenager, I volunteered in a school for children with disabilities. My cousins and I prepared a puppet show for the children with a different storyline every week! Once I graduated from high school, I did my undergraduate in Psychology with an emphasis on School and Educational Psychology. After college, I began working in an early childhood program for children from 18 months to 5 year-olds as a director. I quickly realized that there was a lot to be learned, and travelled to the United States to continue my graduate studies in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As I was completing my doctorate, I decided to live permanently in the United States. I saw the need to learn more about the educational system in the U.S., and about children that, like myself, immigrated with their families to countries different to their own. I was lucky to work for a couple of years as a bilingual early childhood teacher in a suburb of Chicago with Latino dual language learners. Afterwards, I moved to North Carolina, where I worked for several years as a researcher at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina to study issues related to early childhood education, particularly on the learning and teaching of young dual language learners and families that come from minority backgrounds.

Positions

Present Associate Professor, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver
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Curriculum Vitae




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Honors and Awards

  • 2002-2004 | Post-Doctoral Fellow | National Pre-Kindergarten Center | Foundation for Child Development
  • 2008 | Star Heels Award | University of North Carolina Office of Human Resources
  • 1995 | Incomplete List of Teachers Rated Excellent by Their Students | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 1994 | Incomplete List of Teachers Rated Excellent by Their Students | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 1989-1991 | Tuition Waiver | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 1989-1991 | Scholarship from Fundación Sivensa | Venezuela


Education

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2001 PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Educational Psychology
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1991 M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Educational Psychology
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1985 Psychologist, Universidad Rafael Urdaneta-Venezuela ‐ Psychology
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Peer Reviewed Publications (9)

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters (2)

Non-Peer Reviewed Book Chapters (2)

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications (4)