Our Founder

Dr. Tracey T. Flores, Founder

Dr. Tracey T. Flores

Dr. Tracey T. Flores is an associate professor of Language and Literacy at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches Language Arts Methods and Community Literacies in the K-5 teacher education program.

Dr. Flores is a former English Language Development (ELD) and English Language Arts (ELA) teacher, working for eight years alongside culturally and linguistically diverse students, families, and communities in K-8 schools throughout Glendale and Phoenix, Arizona. Her research focuses on Latina mothers’ and daughters’ language and literacy practices, the teaching of young writers in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, and family and community literacies.

Tracey is the founder of Somos Escritoras/We Are Writers, a creative space for Latina girls (grades 6-8) that invites them to share and perform stories from their lived experiences using art, theater, and writing as a tool for self-reflection and self-expression.

Tracey is the Chair of the Latinx Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Founding Co-Chair of the Commission on Family and Community Literacies of English Language Arts Teacher Educators (ELATE). She is a member of the 2016-2018 Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars (CNV) of Color cohort and Cohort Three of Professional Dyads and Culturally Responsive Teaching (PDCRT). Recently, Tracey was named the 2019 Promising Researcher by the NCTE Standing Committee on Research.