Bio


I am currently a PhD candidate in Foundations of Education at the University of South Carolina.

My research interests broadly include the New Latinx South, Latinx education in the Southeast, teacher identity and subjectivity, Social Studies teaching (particularly Latinx history), and teacher education. I am interested in applying (relational) spatial theories with these topics to open up new, more just, potentialities. As I have over 10 years of K-12 teaching experience, mostly in California and more recently in South Carolina, I am deeply interested in diffusing the binary of research and practice.

My work has appeared in journals such as Educational Policy, Journal of Latinos and Education, Current Issues in Comparative Education, and The Middle Grades Review. I am currently on the leadership team of South Carolina United with Immigrants, an area representative for SCforEd, and the founder of Latinx Educators of South Carolina. I was named 2018 Doctoral Student of the Year in Educational Studies at the University of South Carolina. I am a Spencer Dissertation Fellow and a Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Fellow. I also started an online space and peer-reviewed blog for graduate students called Bridges and created the AESA grad student podcast.

I enjoy spending my free time with my family. I am truly lucky to share life with an amazing partner and two beautiful children. I also am the oldest of nine siblings (no twins!). I like to read, write, run, cook, watch baseball, and learn new stuff. I love the water, especially when I am in the ocean looking for another wave to fall down on. I have an interest in growing beards.


You can contact me at tmonreal42@gmail.com