Dr. Martinez-Alba is a faculty member in the Department of Educational Technology and Literacy in the Graduate Reading Program at Towson University.
Her work involves:
- researching motivating reading,
writing, listening, and speaking instruction for English for Speakers of
Other Languages (ESOL) students,
- serving on various university,
state (she is currently the Maryland TESOL president), and national organizations, and
- teaching graduate reading courses,
including ESOL courses she developed for teachers working on their
Master's in Education-Reading who wish to attain ESOL certification.
- The ESOL course,
Teaching English Language Learners, was offered in Costa Rica, Portugal, and
New Zealand for both Undergraduate and Graduate
students from all fields! It was offered once again in January
of 2012 in Buenos, Aires, Argentina!
View the YouTube video for an engaging overview:
PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCES:
As a reading specialist, she has taught
several graduate level reading courses at the Johns Hopkins University, Loyola
College in Maryland, and Towson University. She created and advised for
the ESOL graduate programs at JHU. She also provided technical assistance
(i.e.; assistance with curriculum development, program evaluation, grant
writing, coaching) and professional development to administrators, teachers, childcare
providers, parents, and librarians throughout the nation.
Dr. Martinez-Alba has presented at various state, national,
and international conferences on topics such as best practices in early literacy
instruction, ESOL reading and writing strategies, mentoring beginning teachers,
team building, and creating home-school connections. She
has also published articles in the: Journal of Adolescent and Adult
Literacy (JAAL), TESOL Journal, School Community Journal, Internet
Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL) Journal, Education Review,
Reflections Journal, Children and Libraries,
and co-authored the book
What works? Promising Practices for Improving the School Readiness of English
Language Learners. She is fluent in Spanish,
and enjoys providing workshops to parents in her native language.
She has an
undergraduate degree in Elementary Education-Science from the University of
Maryland, a M.S. in Education-Reading from the Johns Hopkins University, and an
Ed.D. in Teacher Development and Leadership, also from the Johns Hopkins
University. In addition, she has ESOL and Administration certifications.
Her dissertation was a multiple-case study of
26 Maryland public librarians from ten libraries in urban, suburban, and rural
areas. By interviewing and observing librarians, she investigated how they were
implementing information from an emergent literacy training they attended (that
she and Elaine Czarnecki provided) into their daily practices. She also
reviewed the librarians' outreach documents. Her goal was to unveil how
the training was being used, what librarians were doing during their story times
to promote school reading readiness skills, and what types of outreach they
provided. The results were positive.
Study Abroad - 2012
Recoleta - the area in Buenos Aires that Evita was buried in.
It was a mini city of mausoleums!
Plaza de Mayo, where people go to fight for their rights.
Fortunately, we were there just having fun. :)
We took a cooking class with Teresita, one hour south of
Buenos Aires in Adrogue, and learned how to make empanadas.
La Boca is the most colorful area in Buenos Aires. Don't
La Casa Rosada (The Pink House) is their White House.
One tale said they painted it pink when the red party joined
the white party (to show unison).
The farewell dinner. Time to go already. Oh no...
You should come to the next study abroad. Ask where it will be!
New Zealand Study Abroad - 2010
Auckland University of Technology, where we observed a class
of English Language Learners.
The Auckland Bridge is way behind us. Can you guess
which two of us bungee jumped off the bridge? (Hint: It was not me.)
My poster presentation at the IRA World Congress -
Literacy Success: Students Paving the Path for their Peers.
New Zealand must sees: sheep (because there are more
sheep than people in New Zealand), boiling mud (because there is none in
Maryland or the surrounding areas that I know of), and Hokey Pokey ice-cream
(because "that's what it's all about!" and it is very popular in New Zealand.)
Kiwi is a native New Zealand bird. It is not commonly seen,
The Pukeko is a common bird in New Zealand. This one is not stuffed.
as a matter of fact this one is stuffed.
Nothing like skiing on a LIVE VOLCANO!
Nothing like relaxing with some sweet hot chocolate either!
The skyline with the Sky Tower, just like on the
Where else can you cross the street diagonally?
This is a seafood restaurant we ate at, which is considered
"typical" food for the island.
Let's go back!!!!!!!!!!!!
Portugal Study Abroad - 2009
The Belem Tower in Lisbon, Portugal...as
seen on the flyer announcing the abroad.
Of course there was fascinating historic architecture
We had a nice luncheon together after visiting the language
center at the University of Lisbon.
This was a gorgeous garden in Braga, Portugal close to our
There were bullfights to see. We did. Oh my!
We rode the double decker bus to tour the city of Braga in
It took us to many places, including Bom Jesus (see below).
Bom Jesus - means good Jesus. This was quite a church to
see. Check out the view from below and above.
Students attended my poster presentation at the
International Reading Association's European Conference.
They also got to pick and choose other workshops to see.
Waiting for the train...it was a bit windy.
Time just flew by... What a great time!!!
Costa Rica Study Abroad - 2008
Dr. Martinez-Alba with a few of her
students, her mother (sitting), An actual photo taken by Dr. Martinez-Alba of the
and Dr. Laster (on the left) at the "the Fruit Loops" toucan, formally called the
International Reading Association
Dr. Martinez-Alba and the Minister of
Education in Costa Rica. A local newscaster in San Jose, Costa Rica with Dr. Valdes.
We went on a canopy tour, which
included zip lining We ate at Rosti Pollo, home of THE BEST tres leches (cake)!
Dr. Valdes (yes another Dr. Valdes) at
Zarcero Park. The study abroad group at Zarcero Park.