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Dr. Carla Amaro-Jiménez is an Associate Professor of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. She holds a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, and a Master’s and Doctorate in Literacy, with a specialization in TESOL, from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining the University of Texas at Arlington in 2008, Dr. Amaro-Jiménez worked as an early childhood bilingual teacher in both Costa Rica and Ohio. Her research interests include pre- and in-service teacher preparation in culturally and linguistically diverse environments, equity issues related to the schooling of English language learners, and pathways that can lead to college enrollment for traditionally underrepresented students. She has also been the Director of the Pathways to College and Career Readiness Program since 2010. Her projects, which have been funded through external and internal grants totaling more than $6 million, have aimed to identify ways in which the needs of all learners, but more specifically diverse learners, can be met in the classroom through the implementation of research-based, results-driven strategies. Her work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the AT&T ASPIRE Foundation, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and J.P. Morgan Chase, among others. Dr. Amaro-Jiménez has been recognized for her teaching, including being a recipient of the 2017 UT System’s Outstanding Teaching Award.