Lonna Summers Rocha

School of Education - Curriculum & Teaching
Lecturer/Academic Program Associate
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Kansas
Primary office:
785-864-9671
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 323
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045


Summary

Lonna Summers Rocha joined the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at KU in 2016. Rocha earned a BA in English and Spanish from Southwestern College in Kansas, an MA and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas. Rocha was a bilingual paraeducator for preK-12 students and taught English to college students and adults in the U.S. and Mexico. Rocha has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for in-service and pre-service teachers and provided professional development workshops to educators, community members, and migrant family advocates.

Education

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Kansas

M.A., Curriculum and Teaching: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Kansas

B.A., English (with an emphasis in Writing) and Modern Languages (with an emphasis in Spanish), Southwestern College

Teaching Interests

  • TESOL
  • Assessment
  • TESOL Practicum
  • Methods
  • Second Language Acquisition

Research Interests

  • In-service teachers
  • University TESOL programs
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Bilingual paraeducators
  • Qualitative Research
  • Reflexivity

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