Jennifer   Esquierdo

Associate Professor  

Office: EEDUC 2.602
Phone: (956) 665-3605
Email: joy.esquierdo@utrgv.edu

Dr. Joy Esquierdo

Dr. J. Joy Esquierdo's area of research includes Dual Language Enrichment Education, development of biliteracy, cognitive development for bilingual students, Gifted and Talented Education, and best practices for linguistic and academic development for Latino children.





Selected Publications


  • Amy Weimer, D Kuri, L Correa, Jennifer Esquierdo, and Francisco Guajardo. "Desiring dual language education: One community’s perspectives on past and future directions for bilingual learners. ," Journal of Bilingual Education Research and Instruction 17, no. 1 (2015): 1-11.

  • Isela Almaguer, Zulmaris Diaz, and Jennifer Esquierdo. "Project-Based Learning: Exploring Innovations for 21st Century English Learners," Teacher Education and Practice 28, no. 1 (2015): 177-189.

  • Maria Arreguin-Anderson, Jennifer Esquierdo, A Guillen, and L Villareal. "Identifying Gifted and creative future scientists who are linguistically and culturally diverse," Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, November 2015.

  • Gina Garza-Reyna, JS Goswami, and Jennifer Esquierdo. "Are bilingual education programs preparing English language learners for college? The impact of transitional bilingual and dual language education programs on college readiness," Journal of Bilingual Education Research and Instruction 17, no. 1 (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2015).

  • Amy Weimer, Jennifer Esquierdo, and Francisco Guajardo. "Composing a new community infused with bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural realities," Edinburg, Texas: Crosspol: A Journal of Transitions for High School and College Writing Teachers 1, no. 1 (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2014): 28.

  • Isela Almaguer and Jennifer Esquierdo. "Cultivating Bilingual Learners’ Language Arts Knowledge: A Framework for Successful Teaching," International Journal of Instruction 6, no. 2 (2013).

  • Michael Whitacre, Zulmaris Diaz, and Jennifer Esquierdo. "Pre-service teachers: An analysis of reading instruction in high needs districts dual language classrooms," 6, no. 1 (2013): 5-20.

  • Zulmaris Diaz, Michael Whitacre, Jennifer Esquierdo, and Jose Ruiz-Escalante. "Provided students the opportunity to develop through inquiry and creativity; promoted students’ desire and capacity to expand their education; prepared students to become productive and responsible members of society; and taught first/second grade and high school Spanish," International Journal of Instruction (2013).

  • Zulmaris Diaz, Michael Whitacre, Jennifer Esquierdo, and Jose Ruiz-Escalante. "Provided students the opportunity to develop through inquiry and creativity; promoted students’ desire and capacity to expand their education; prepared students to become productive and responsible members of society; and taught first/second grade and high school Spanish," International Journal of Instruction (2013).

  • Zulmaris Diaz, Michael Whitacre, Jennifer Esquierdo, and Jose Ruiz-Escalante. "Provided students the opportunity to develop through inquiry and creativity; promoted students’ desire and capacity to expand their education; prepared students to become productive and responsible members of society; and taught first/second grade and high school Spanish," International Journal of Instruction (2013).



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Alyssa Cavazos. Biliterate/Multiliterate Writing Practices in Academic and Community Discourses, Office of Research, Innovation, & Economic Development, $16,700.00 (January 2017 - May 2018)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo. CRESS: Culturally Relevant Education through Social Studies, Humanities Texas, $10,000.00 ( 2017)

  • Cinthya Saavedra. Literacy 2.0. , Special Interest Research Groups, College of Education & P16 Integration, $1,000.00 (November 2016 - August 2017)

  • Francisco Guajardo. LEER MAS: Latinos Engaged in Early Reading in Math, Arts, and Science, WK Kellogg Foundation, $1,200,000.00 ( )

  • Amy Weimer. Proyecto POSIBLE: Predicting Positive Outcomes and Success Involving Bilingual Learners in Education, $10,000.00 ( 2013)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo. GIFT: Gifted Identification for Todos Project, C. Bascom Slemp Endowed Faculty Fellow, $12,000.00 (2012 - 2013)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo. Leading Children to a Healthier Future: The Physical Health for Academic Success Today (PHAST) Project, Dr. Miguel Nevarez Endowed Faculty Fellow, $20,000.00 (January 2010 - December 2010)

  • Zasha Romero. Development, Implementation and Management of Curriculum Instruction: The Physical Health for Academic Success Today (PHAST) Project, Dr. Miguel Nevarez Endowment, (October 2010)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo. The Effects of Self-Assessment on Cognitive Development Training for Bilingual Elementary Teacher, College of Education, $1,400.00 (2008 - 2009)

  • Zulmaris Diaz. Pre-service Teachers and Their Use of Questioning Strategies, College of Education’s Collaborative Research Grant, $1,400.00 (January 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009)



Selected Presentations


  • Jennifer Esquierdo and Isela Almaguer. "Latino Bilingual Students’ Identification for Gifted Programs: An Analysis of Matrices Utilized in Texas," Texas Association for Gifted and Talented Annual Conference, Texas Association for Gifted and Talented, Houston, Texas (December 2017)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo and Isela Almaguer. "Teacher Perception of Bilingual Gifted Students," Texas Association for Gifted and Talented Annual Conference, Texas Association for Gifted and Talented, Houston, Texas (December 2017)

  • Janine Schall, Patricia McHatton, Eugenio Saenz, Isela Almaguer, Angela Chapman, Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto, Jennifer Esquierdo, Veronica Estrada, Ariana Garza, Jacqueline Koonce, Leticia Deleon, Karin Lewis, Dagoberto Ramirez, Felicia Rodriguez, Cinthya Saavedra, and Vejoya Viren. "Building Identity, Practice and Research at a Hispanic Serving College of Education, Pt. 1," 45th Annual TABE Conference, Texas Association for Bilingual Education, McAllen, TX (October 2017)

  • Isela Almaguer, Angela Chapman, Leticia Deleon, Jennifer Esquierdo, Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto, Veronica Estrada, Ariana Garza, Jacqueline Koonce, Karin Lewis, Patricia McHatton, Dagoberto Ramirez, Felicia Rodriguez, Cinthya Saavedra, Eugenio Saenz, Janine Schall, and Vejoya Viren. "Building Identity, Practice and Research at a Hispanic Serving College of Education, Pt. 2," 45th Annual TABE Conference, Texas Association for Bilingual Education, McAllen, TX (October 2017)

  • Isela Almaguer and Jennifer Esquierdo. "The Matrix for the Identification of GT Students and its Impact on Gifted Bilingual Students," Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (TAGT) Gifted Plus, Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (TAGT) Gifted Plus, San Antonio, Texas (June 2017)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo and Isela Almaguer. Texas Association for Gifted and Talented Plus Conference, Texas Association for Gifted and Talented, San Antonio, Texas (June 2017)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo, M Arreguin-Anderson, and A Contreras-Venagas. "The challenge of identifying bilingual gifted students: What are some first steps? ," Texas Association for Gifted and Talented Leadership Symposium, Texas Association for Gifted and Talented, Houston, Texas (April 2017)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo, Francisco Guajardo, and Amy Weimer. "How to Nuture Bilingual, Biliterate and Bicultural Children," National Association for Bilingual Education, Dallas, Texas (February 2017)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo and Isela Almaguer. "Latino Bilingual Students’ Underrepresentation in Gifted Programs," National Association for Bilingual Education, (February 2017)

  • Francisco Guajardo and Jennifer Esquierdo. "Building a Bilingual, Bicultural and Biliterate Community through a Bilingual University," National Association for Bilingual Education Conference, National Association for Bilingual Education, (February 2017)

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EDBE 7301 01 - Thesis II:
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EDFR 2301 09 - Intercultural Context:
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EDBE 6364 90L - Biliteracy Dev-Spanish & Eng:
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