Joyce Bezdicek is an Associate Professor in the School of Education. She teaches courses in early childhood education and courses for the English as a second language (ESL) and bilingual endorsements. Her research interests include teacher preparation for working with emerging bilinguals, perspectives of cultural awareness, and engaging children in learning with the Project Approach. Before joining the School of Education Joyce worked with bilingual children and families in a public preschool program and international schools in Japan and the Canary Islands of Spain. Joyce earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign in 2008.