In this essay, I describe the ways in which Ofelia García's work influenced the field of bilingual education and multilingualism, as well as my thinking over the years as a bilingual educator. Dr. García has been a model of what it means to be an intellectual who is deeply connected to the importance of engaging in transformative theoretical ideas. Her ideas, in turn, have proven to have profound implications for pedagogy that impacts the education of emergent bilinguals. Her work is deeply grounded in understandings about language and language development as it exists in the world. Her perspective is one of strength and complexity. Ofelia García is a thinker whose work has had a tremendous impact and has transformed the field of bilingual and multilingual education at the local, national and international levels.
Espinosa, Cecilia M.
"Ofelia García: A Transformative Thinker and Leader,"
Journal of Multilingual Education Research: Vol. 9, Article 17.
Available at: https://research.library.fordham.edu/jmer/vol9/iss1/17