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Alexa Yunes is a doctoral student in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education. She is a Graduate Research Assistant with Dr. Kara Viesca and Dr. Ted Hamann, working on a variety of research projects around equity in multicultural and multilingual education. Alexa is the Co-Founder of Yunes Educational Services, LLC, (Y.E.S.) where she designs and develops bilingual resources for Spanish-speaking students and delivers workshops for K-5 teachers working with diverse student populations. She has written and illustrated several books for teachers and students through Y.E.S., including the bilingual children’s book, All Our Colors Shine, on celebrating diversity. Alexa earned her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Development, and she taught in K-12 classrooms for 6 years, teaching students across South Texas, China, and Mexico. Alexa was a teacher and resource developer for the Walt Disney Company’s Learning Division in Shanghai, China.
As a Mexican immigrant, Alexa’s research focus is predominantly on interrupting covert racism in the K-12 classroom. She aims to study how K-12 educators perceive Latinx students, how that impacts student identity development, and how that dynamic functions to shape and limit the possibilities for those learners. Her core concern is dismantling stereotypes of Latinx cultures and shifting common perceptions of those young learners.
Publications & Conference Presentations
2019 Presenter at the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
2018 Presenter at the Texas Association for Bilingual Educators (TABE)
2018 Presenter at the Association for Migrant Educators of Texas (AMET)
2018 Presenter at the Harris County Early Childhood Conference (HCECC)
2010 Presenter at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA)
Co-authored and self-published 23 teacher-resource books for PreK-5 teachers through Yunes Educational Services, LLC