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Laura Hamman-Ortiz, Ph.D.

Faculty, English as a New Language

Laura Hamman-Ortiz is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is also a Coyle Fellow with the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame.

Laura’s research focuses on language and literacy learning in elementary bilingual classrooms. Her research interests include two-way bilingual education, translanguaging, student identity negotiation, and genre-based writing pedagogy. She has published on these topics in refereed journals such as the Bilingual Research Journal, Language and Education, the Journal of Literacy Research, and the Journal of Second Language Writing. Laura received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her undergraduate and Master's degrees from the University of Notre Dame.

Laura has over a decade of teaching experience, including eight years of university teaching with pre-service and practicing teachers and five years of K-12 teaching in the U.S. and Chile. For ENL, she teaches the course “Foundations for Teaching Second Language Learners.” Laura strongly believes in the value of ENL training for all teachers and is passionate about promoting culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy.

In her free time, Hamman-Ortiz is an avid long-distance runner and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and hiking in the mountains of Colorado.



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