P3 #148 Dr. Michelle Yzquierdo

By Noa Daniel

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Because of her knowledge of ELs and her engaging and enthusiastic presentation style,
Dr. Michelle Yzquierdo has become a very popular and sought-after trainer and presenter,
receiving accolades from all facets of education. She has presented at the local, state, and
national level on a variety of topics including best practices for ELs, implementation of effective
new arrival centers, factors contributing to the success of newcomer immigrant ELs as well as
numerous trainings addressing state and federal accountability and compliance concerns.
Excelling in the field of education the last 20 years, Dr. Yzquierdo has worked closely
with ELs and teachers of ELs in multiple capacities. Her experience includes high school science
teacher, new arrival team, where she taught students from all demographic groups, including ELs
and first-year immigrant ELs. She has held a variety of other positions including science
department chair, sheltered instruction peer facilitator, district ESL instructional specialists and
educational program specialist. Dr. Yzquierdo has received numerous awards and honors during
her time in education including teacher of the year, commendations from the Texas House of
Representatives, and fellowships in both Switzerland and Swaziland.
Dr. Yzquierdo holds an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, a master’s
degree from the University of Houston, and a doctorate degree from Lamar University. Her
doctoral research focused on the factors contributing to the success of high school immigrant
students and she continues researching and presenting on this important topic. As the child of an
immigrant, the teacher of numerous immigrant ELs throughout the years, and a researcher, Dr.
Yzquierdo has seen first-hand what it takes to support ELs and immigrant ELs so they may see
success. She has dedicated her career to providing educators with the appropriate and necessary
research-based strategies and tools to assist ELs in becoming proficient in both English-language
and content acquisition. Dr. Yzquierdo lives in Houston, TX with her husband, Carlos, and sons,
Kai and Karsten. She is the author of the book, Pathways to Greatness for ELL Newcomers: