School of Education
Graduate Scholar Award 22-23
Stephanie Del Tufo
Irene Post is a Ph.D. student in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. She is interested in bilingual education, language acquisition, and the literacy development of multilingual children.
Irene’s research interests stem from her extensive experience in the field of Education. Prior to starting a Ph.D., Irene spent a decade working as a bilingual education teacher in both New York City and Chicago. These roles allowed Irene to understand the importance of literacy development for multilingual children. In addition to working with elementary aged children, Irene worked as an adjunct instructor teaching undergraduate pre-service teachers and graduate students pursuing a Master’s degree in Education.
Outside of teaching, Irene engaged in teacher-led education policy work through her role as a Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Additionally, Irene impacted state-level education policy through her membership on the Illinois State Board of Education Advisory Council for Bilingual Special Education. These diverse experiences will surely inform Irene’s future research pursuits at the University of Delaware.
Currently, Irene is working on projects that investigate code-switching in Spanish-English bilingual children. Specifically, she is examining how peer code-switching context impacts Spanish and English expressive language development.
- M.S.Ed., Literacy, Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY, 2016
- B.A., Psychology, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2012
- Adjunct Instructor – Goodwin College of Education, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, 2020-2022
- Bilingual Education Teacher & Bilingual Program Coordinator, ACERO Bartolome de las Casas Elementary School, Chicago, IL, 2018-2022
- K-5 Reading Specialist, Bronx Charter School for the Arts, Bronx, NY, 2016-2018
- Kindergarten Spanish Dual Language Teacher, P.S. 84 Lillian Weber School of the Arts, New York, NY, 2012-2016
Recent Honors and Awards
- Teaching Policy Fellowship, Teach Plus Illinois, 2020
- Robert G. Porter Scholars Program, American Federation of Teachers, 2015
- Gussie Kappner Named Scholar Award, Bank Street College of Education, 2014
- Dean’s List, Columbia University – Columbia College, 2011
- George VanAmson Public Interest Fellowship, Community Impact at Columbia University, 2011
- John W. Kluge Named Scholar Award, Columbia University – Columbia College, 2008