Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Shannon Lewis

Meet Dr. Shannon Lewis

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies (University of New Mexico)
  • M.A., Secondary Education/TESOL (University of New Mexico)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. Shannon Lewis has been working in the field of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) education for over 20 years. She is passionate about preparing educators to serve CLD students and equipping them with 21st century tools. Lewis has been teaching in distance education and virtual classrooms for over 12 years. She has extensive experience teaching and researching language and literacy development and education across the curriculum for ELL, ESL, CLD, and bilingual students. She has worked in public education k-12, adult education, teacher preparation programs, and university graduate programs in CLD education.

Lewis was the recipient of the Fulbright Scholar award where she served both teachers and economically struggling communities with little access to education in Honduras (2006-2007). She continues to work to prepare educators to increase educational access for CLD students, both locally in the U.S. as well as globally, through teacher preparation, conferences and publications.

  • Reierson, S., & Celedón-Pattichis, S. (2014). “Transforming borders through English use and service-oriented cultural capital: A case study of indigenous Honduran immigrants. Latin American Perspectives.” Latin American Perspectives, Issue 196, Vol. 41 No. 3, May 2014, 208–219.
  • Mahn, H. & Reierson, S. (2011). “Research methods and sociocultural approaches in second language acquisition.” In C. Chapelle (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Reierson, S. (2007). “Strengthening bilingual education in Honduras: Trainer of trainer manual.” Tegucigalpa, Honduras: United States Embassy.
  • Reierson, S. (2004). “CESDP equal chance, equal learning through literacy toolkit.” Las Vegas, NM: New Mexico Highlands University.