Biography

Dr. Cristina Igoa – Multicultural Education Teacher, Author, and Speaker

Cristina Igoa was born in the Philippines of multicultural ancestry. She experienced life as an immigrant child first in Colombia and later in the United States.

Dr. Igoa holds a doctoral degree in Multicultural Education with a minor in Educational Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. In 1975, she was co-founder of the Mission Reading Clinic in San Francisco. In 1980, she established a language center for immigrant children which won the J. Russell Kent award for exemplary programs in the county of San Mateo, California. In 1994, her work was recognized with the University of San Francisco Education Alumni’s Outstanding Teacher Award. In 1998, Dr. Igoa received the Mason MacDuffie Education Award of Excellence in Teaching.

She has taught immigrant students in the Sheltered English Language Development program in the Hayward (California) Unified School District. Dr. Igoa is an enthusiastic supporter and mentor of new teachers. She is a faculty member of the Education Department of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California.

Since 1996, Dr. Igoa has been a keynote speaker at the Southeast TESOL (Teachers of English as a Second Language) Conference in South Carolina, and the California Council for the Education of Teachers in California. She has also lectured in Montreal, Canada, and has taught classes and given workshops at various universities and colleges in California and New Zealand. Her methodology in accelerated literacy is being used in a school for women and girls in Afghanistan, as well as a school for Spanish-speaking children in San Rafael, California.  

As a member of the Oxford Symposium, she has delivered papers on her work with immigrant children in Oxford UK, Robert Black University in Hong Kong, and the University of Barcelona in Spain. She has also delivered several papers at the annual CENDI (International Primary and Preschool Encounter) conferences in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Most recently, she participated as an NGO delegate in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Dr. Igoa is the author of the highly successful textbook, The Inner World of the Immigrant Child (originally published 1995, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc.; now published by Routledge of Taylor and Francis Group). The book has also recently been translated into Spanish.

The chapter “The Phenomenon of Uprooting” from her textbook appears in two anthologies: Academic Success for English Language Learners: Strategies for K-12 Mainstream Teachers (Eds. Patricia A. Richard-Amato and Marguerite Ann Snow, 2005, Pearson Education) and Child and Family Issues: School and Community Contexts (2006, University of Oregon). Dr. Igoa also contributed the chapter “Art as a Second Language” in Invisible Children in the Society and Its Schools (Ed. Sue Books, 2006, Erlbaum).

View Dr. Igoa’s Curriculum Vitae