Meet Iselda Salinas:

My name Isela Salinas, I currently work for Dallas Independent School District (DISD).  I have been a bilingual preschool and kindergarten teacher for 3 years. The reason I decided to pursue a career as a bilingual teacher is because I saw the need for teachers that understood the native language (L1) of the student in the Iselda Salinasprocess of acquiring the second language (L2). As I begin my first year in the classroom, I realized that I had many unanswered questions on how to help students become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. In search of more answers, I begin a Masters in Bilingual Education at Southern Methodist University (SMU).  In my third year of teaching, I felt more confident with the instructional practices I was using in the classroom, and was able to help my students in the acquisition of the second language. It is very rewarding to use the current research in bilingual education to be able to help students become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural.