Paul L. Landry is a McNair Fellow in the College of Education’s Instructional Leadership, Social and Cultural Foundations, PhD Program, and completing a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction through the International Program. His research interests involve social justice in intercultural education policy and improving cultural competency through teacher education. His focus is on critical pedagogy in local multicultural classrooms and critical engagement with demands of an intercultural global society. He came to UA from teaching at an international school in Quito, Ecuador where he was recruited by Prof. John Petrovic and Prof. Cynthia Sunal. Paul has a Juris Doctor, has practiced law for three decades, and has taught Education Law as Adjunct Faculty at the UA Law School. Experienced as a classroom teacher in the USA and abroad, as an elected School Board Director and counsel to various public school systems, Paul is committed to improving public education at all levels worldwide. Paul has presented his ideas and academic papers in conferences across the USA and in Greece, Romania and Ecuador. He believes that how societies deal with education reflects their commitment to and dream for a future. Paul has three children, the oldest son teaching in Thailand, a daughter who is multilingual [including ASL] and studying speech language pathology, and a youngest son who is a molecular biologist and chemical engineer. Paul dedicates his work to his mother, born in Guin, AL and attended Alabama State Teachers College, and who passed away this year. He hopes to complete course work in the Spring and to begin his PhD dissertation next year.
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