M. Cathrene Connery, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Literacy at Ithaca College. A bilingual educator, professor and advocate, she has drawn on her visual arts education as a painter to inform her research and professional activities in language, literacy, and sociocultural studies. Dr. Connery has presented on theoretical, pedagogic, and programmatic concerns surrounding the education of culturally and linguistically diverse children in the United States for the past 25 years. Her expertise in emergent biliteracy, dual language immersion programs, and multi-modal meaning-making has been recognized by professional associations and international audiences alike. In 2006, she received a national award for her work in promoting diversity by the National Association of Extension 4 – H Agents. Dr. Connery has worked as a grant writer, researcher and consultant for several school districts in the western United States. Her current research interests include multicultural teacher education, biliteracy & the development of first & second languages, semiotics in Vygotskian theory, sociopolitical issues in development, learning, and education as well as the social construction of feminist identities by female artists and teachers.