Brianna Marie Villareal

Hometown: Houston, Texas
University: UT Austin College of Education
Teaching Interest: Science and Bilingual Education

Brianna Marie believes no science class should exist without a hands-on learning opportunity. Play, art, and cooking are three things Brianna has a passion for and she plans on implementing these as strategies for approaching science in her classroom. She also believes that the wisdom of a teacher emerges in the structure of a lesson plan, while students dive into an activity with the most insightful observations.

While Brianna tutored recently immigrated children from a local parish, she realized one student had reached sixth grade without ever having learned to read. She questioned how they could grasp the content. The challenge of balancing bilingual literacy building and content instruction is exciting to Brianna. Her goal is to deliver hands-on and arts-integrated science activities in bilingual classrooms so that students—like those she has encountered in the past—will feel empowered.

"The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is. Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000." - Lera Boroditsky
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