Dr. Myriam Casimir
Dr. Myriam Casimir has been with the Department of Education for over eight years, teaching teacher education courses and coordinating the Bilingual Program. She earned her PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Education. Through her research, Dr. Casimir analyzes and theorizes children of immigrants’ sociolinguistic identity construction in monolingual and bilingual schooling contexts. She also examines Latino immigrant parents’ experiences as they work to become bona fide members of US public school communities. Prior to coming to Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Casimir taught in elementary bilingual and dual language immersion classrooms in California and North Carolina for a decade. She also worked with WestEd’s Teacher Professional Development team for several years. There, she conducted school-wide teacher professional development in multilingual, high poverty K-12 schools by adapting National Board for Professional teaching Standards processes. She also developed materials and conducted teacher workshops using the nationally recognized Quality Teaching for English Learners professional development processes. Dr. Casimir grew up in Mexico with her Haitian-origin family. She is a “native bilingual,” having learned both French and Spanish in early childhood. She learned English in late childhood when her family moved to the Caribbean, and has continued to learn multiple languages including Haitian Creole, Brazilian Portuguese, and German. She has always loved teaching diverse children and getting to know their parents. At Cal Poly Pomona, she was excited to discover that she also loves preparing brilliant, committed teacher candidates to become excellent teachers of multicultural, multilingual children.