Nilda has been at Bank Street since 1986 and teaches and advises in the dual language and special and general education programs at the early childhood and childhood levels. The primary focus of her work through the years, as a public school teacher, an educational therapist at a hospital learning and therapy program and at Bank Street, has been in the areas special education, bilingual education, counseling psychology and psychoeducational assessment, specifically in regard to ensuring appropriate assessment practices and programming for linguistically and culturally diverse children.
Nilda has a strong interest in homeless children and their families and has been a regular volunteer at homeless shelters for the past 25 years. Volunteerism is a big part of Nilda’s life and in addition to working with homeless children and families, she has done volunteer work with disabled veterans, spent time in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and has served as a trustee at an independent school.
EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University
(October 2016). Mentoring Minority Candidates for Careers in Bilingual Special Education. Annual Mentoring Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.
(August 2015). Supporting English Language Learners and Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Settings. Bank Street Head Start, N.Y., N.Y.