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Student Profiles

Note: The list of current M.Ed. students is incomplete and still in the process of being updated. Keep checking back for new profiles as they are added!

Ph.D. Students

Caitlin Eley 


Caitlin Eley was born and raised in Decatur, Georgia. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in English from Williams College, she began teaching, first as a Williams Teaching Fellow at the Pine Cobble School in western Massachusetts, and then as a 6th grade English Language Arts teacher in Mission, Texas. She was voted Teacher of the Year for her campus for the 2012-2013 school year. Caitlin was introduced to culturally relevant pedagogy at a professional development session, and became passionate about how to incorporate the cultures of diverse learners into the classroom environment. She is currently a PhD student in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program, and she is interested in supporting emerging bilinguals by leveraging their unique linguistic and cultural strengths in the classroom, as well as second language acquisition, borderland communities, and multimodal literacies. Her favorite part of Vanderbilt is the collaborative environment created by both students and faculty to support mutual learning and development.

M.Ed. Students

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