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Nathenson-Mejia, Sally

Sally Nathenson-Mejia PhD

Associate Professor Emerita
  • School of Education & Human Development

Email Address:sally.nathenson-mejia@ucdenver.edu

Mailing Address:
  • CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street

Denver, CO 80204

Dr. Sally Nathenson-Mejía’s work focuses on multilingual learners. Recently she looked at the ability of emergent bilinguals to develop multiplicative reasoning in elementary classrooms. She spent one year in a first grade classroom watching children move from being essential monolingual in Spanish to being bilinguals, able to read, write and converse in two languages. For five years she worked on a NPD grant project and an urban district English Language Acquisition training project, providing professional development and graduate courses to teachers who work with secondary bilingual students. PD included in-class coaching, school based Learning Labs, and inter-rater reliability on the assessment of English learners’ writing. All of her research has been presented at national and regional professional conferences and is being written up for publication.

Areas of Expertise

  • Reading development of multilingual learners
  • Writing development of multilingual learners
  • Preservice teachers interactions with multilingual learners
  • School-wide programming for multilingual learners

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Ph.D. 1987 The Ohio State University Reading, Writing, Multicultural and Bilingual Ed
  • MA 1986 The Ohio State University Reading, Writing, Multicultural and Bilingual Ed



  • 2018 Lynn Rhodes Faculty Achievement Award
  • 2009 Excellence in Teaching for SEHD

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