Mary Amanda (Mandy) Stewart is passionate about languages, literacies, and literature! She brings these areas together in her work with multilingual adolescents as they engage in critical literacy and language development across content areas using a variety of authentic texts. Viewing language learners as multilinguals, she works with them and their teachers to leverage all of their languages for success both in and out of school.
Mandy is an associate professor in the Department of Literacy and Learning at Texas Woman’s University where she directs the Certificate of Biliteracy graduate program. She has published books about literacy instruction for adolescents acquiring English as well as many articles in literacy and bilingual/ESL journals. Because she believes that our work in education should lead to greater equity in society, she also writes op-eds and blogs for various media outlets about diverse literature, multilingualism, and advocacy for refugee and (im)migrant families.
Born and raised in small-town East Texas, she now lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area where she leads an ESL book club for adults, attempts to raise bilingual children, and moonlights as an intense baseball/soccer mom.