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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: GEORGIANNA DUARTE

Without teachers, there would be no other professions. A friendship with a Benedictine nun inspired Dr. Georgianna Duarte to redirect her dreams of becoming a journalist to become an advocate for children’s rights. “I never would have gone into education if not for recognizing those in my life as mentors. Sister Roseann was the one who opened my eyes to human rights through the lens of children,” Duarte said of the nun she still visits in Pennsylvania. “I always thought I would be a journalist and travel the world, but I have had the opportunity to write several books and articles. Through my own curiosity and will, I traveled the world anyway.” Duarte started her career as a teacher at Head Start and Migrant Head Start and later worked in inner city schools and as a consultant in Indian Head Start. For more than 40 years, she has served as a consultant for the Office of Head Start in Washington, D.C. She would also serve as faculty at New Mexico State University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before going to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where she spent nearly half of her 41-year career as a professor until her retirement in 2015. Duarte spent a brief time working at Migrant Head Start and traveling to the Middle East before the opportunity at Indiana State led her back into higher education. “My background is in early childhood, but it has always focused on language issues, which is really talking about equity and human rights. Social justice has always been my focus, and I’ve always had my eyes on children’s rights,” she said. “It’s taken me all over the world—Western Africa, the Middle East, Nepal, and years collaborating in Peru and Chile. I have been in bilingual education for almost my entire career, and I think my early experiences working with children who have come to this country from refugee status opened up my path of interest.”

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