Sarah Hesson is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Studies Department and the Director of the TESL Program at Rhode Island College. She earned her doctorate in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center. Some of her current research interests include the school experiences of Latino adolescent youth, translanguaging as social justice pedagogy, and the possibilities of Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) with emergent bilingual adolescent youth. She previously worked as an adjunct professor at Hunter College as well as a Research Assistant with the City University of New York – New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals (CUNY-NYSIEB).
Sarah received her BA in Comparative Literature from Bryn Mawr College, and earned her Master’s in Bilingual Childhood Education from Fordham University through the NYC Teaching Fellows Program. She previously worked at the NYC Department of Education as a bilingual elementary and middle school teacher, and has taught in various educational settings PK-Adult as well.