Ryan Pontier is an assistant professor of bilingual education and TESOL at Florida International University. He serves as an expert in bilingualism and bilingual education for the United Way of Miami Center for Excellence in Early Education, immediate past president of Miami-Dade TESOL and Bilingual Education Association, member-at-large for Sunshine State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), co-chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Florida Association for Bilingual Education (FABE), co-chair for the Research and Evaluation Special Interest Group within the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), co-moderator of the Sunshine State TESOL advocacy group, Chair of the Early Childhood Bilingual Education Council for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Florida, and co-chair of the Government & Media Relations Committee for LULAC Florida.
He recently won a Spencer Foundation Conference Grant to realize the Inaugural Conference on Emerging Hispanic-Serving School Districts, which will serve as an opportunity to bring together a diverse group of school-based professionals. Dr. Pontier began his education career with Teach For America in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where he taught third grade in Spanish at a dual-language elementary school one mile from the Rio Grande.
Translanguaging; Teachers' Instructional Practices; Emergent Bilingualism; Teacher Education; Language Ideologies