Laura Pantin has been teaching in a dual language program for 7 years. She is currently a fourth-grade dual language educator in a two-way immersion program in South Florida. She previously taught Kindergarten dual language for four years in the same program.Laura Pantin was born in Venezuela and has always been a fierce advocate of maintaining ones native language and honoring ones native culture. She is passionate about the field of bilingual education and specifically dual language programming. She created @LearningBilingually as a way to disseminate information on the powerful advantages and the inherit importance of bilingualism and to share resources, ideas and personal experiences as an educator and advocate in the field.
Laura Pantin has her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Integrated Science and Math with a minor in Middle School Math. She also has a Master of Arts in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Teachers College Columbia University in 2015. Laura also has experience in educational research in the field of bilingual education. She worked as a Research Assistant for two years under Dr. Patricia Martinez-Alvarez, who specializes in inclusive bilingual/bicultural education. Laura co-authored the article “Creating Shared Access: Bilingual Teachers and Children Using Technology to Multimodally Negotiate Understandings in Science and Language”, which was published in Spring 2018 in the Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners Journal. She has also been featured in the Our City Weston June 2018 magazine for an article titled, “Gator Run Dual Language Kindergarten Classes Operate for Success”, the Our City Weston September 2017 magazine for an article titled, “Gator Run Teacher Named Bilingual Educator of the Year” and in the National Science Teachers Association Reports in January 2016 for an article titled, “Learning Science in a Second Language”. Laura has also written a critical review in the Worlds of Words Review: Reading Across Cultures electronic publication for the book “All for the Better: A Story of El Barrio”, in their Volume VI, Issue 4 on global diasporas. Laura Pantin has also presented at local, national and international conferences. She has presented at the New York State Association for Bilingual Education, the 2nd Annual Cambridge Seminar: Promoting International Education in Chiclayo, Peru, the Seasons of Learning Conference at Broward County Public Schools, the 2016 Education Service Center Region 20 Language Conference in San Antonio, Texas, the National Association of Bilingual Education conference in Dallas, Texas in 2017 and in Orland, Florida in 2019 and at the Florida Foreign Language Association Conference in Orlando, Florida.