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


  • Isela Stephens, Amy Weimer, and Jennifer Esquierdo. "Spanish and English- Speaking Bilingual Learners’ Experiences in the Home, School, and Community," San Antonio, Texas: Journal of Bilingual Education Research and Instruction 19, no. 2 (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2018).

  • 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).



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


  • Isela Almaguer and Jennifer Esquierdo. "Addressing the Underrepresentation of Latino Bilingual Students in Gifted Programs," American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, New York, NY. (April 2018)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo and Isela Almaguer. "Engaging Educational Stakeholders in the Identification of Latino Bilingual Students in Gifted Programs," American Education Research Association Annual Meeting, American Education Research Association, New York City, NY (April 2018)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo and Isela Almaguer. "Endorsing biliteracy, bilingualism, and biculturalism through the use of bilingual story hour," National Association for Bilingual Education Conference, National Association for Bilingual Education, Albuquerque, NM (March 2018)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo and Isela Almaguer. "Recognizing Bilingual Gifted Students: An Investigation of the GT Identification Process," National Association for Bilingual Education Conference, Albuquerque, NM (March 2018)

  • Dagoberto Ramirez, Jennifer Esquierdo, and Isela Almaguer. "Borderlands Literacies -- Rethinking Literacy Research and Training with Latin@s," 47th Annual Conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education, National Association for Bilingual Education, Albuquerque, New Mexico (March 2018)

  • Cinthya Saavedra, Jennifer Esquierdo, Isela Almaguer, and Dagoberto Ramirez. "Borderlands Literacies: Rethinking Literacy Research and Training with Latin@s ," National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE) , NABE, Albuquerque, NX (February 2018)

  • 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)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo, Deidra Tafolla, and Pamela Perez. "The Impact of Bilingual, Pre-Service Teachers' Engagement in University Organizations," National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies(NAHLS) International Research Conference, National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies(NAHLS), South Padre Island, Texas (October 2017)

  • Isela Almaguer and Jennifer Esquierdo. "Project SOAR: Spanish Opportunities that Accelerate Reading," Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE), Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE), McAllen, TX. (October 2017)

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