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Melissa Navarro

San Diego State University
Assistant Professor

Melissa A. Navarro Martell, Ph.D. (ella/she/her(s)) is a third year Assistant Professor in the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education in the College of Education at San Diego State University, a Hispanic Serving Institution in the land of the Kumeyaay. Her research and teaching center the need to prepare critically conscious educators on the sociopolitical, ideological, cultural, and linguistic aspects of teacher preparation in general, and K-8 equitable science and dual-language education specifically; pushing the need to decolonize science education.

Dra. Navarro Martell taught her first two years as an Assistant Professor at CSU Dominguez Hills, located on Tongva land, undergraduate and graduate courses around science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics education (STEAM) and is now teaching the bilingual math and science methods courses at SDSU.

Her experiences as an immigrant 6th grade student from Tijuana, México, inspired her path as an educator who understands multilingual learners. Dra. Navarro Martell is a former 4th and 8th grade social-justice math and science Spanish/English dual-language teacher.