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Vivian Presiado is a doctoral student in Language and Literacy and a DFI Fellow. She earned her Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education from Dominican University in 2008 and served as a mainstream and bilingual/ESL teacher for 10 years in Illinois. Influenced by her experiences as an early childhood teacher in the local community, her research interests include learning from the language and literacy practices enacted in home, community, and school contexts, specifically among minoritized children and their families. Her past research has focused on Mexican-American students and families in the U.S. and Mexico. Through her time in the Ph.D. program, she has served as instructor and university supervisor, which have increased her passion and dedication to mentoring and preparing pre-service teachers in regard to working with and validating diverse populations. Her dissertation work will continue to examine, document, and learn from families’ rich language and literacy practices in order to provide a counter-narrative to deficit views of working class families.