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Jenna Shim (2011-13)
Jenna Shim received the Garland Fellowship in 2011. Shim is using the award to support multi-year research in select Wyoming school districts, to describe how teachers are coping with recent surges of ELLs in their classrooms.A major focus of Shim’s research will be exploring teachers’ perceptions about teaching ELL learners and comparing them with their classroom activity. “Teachers’ beliefs and assumptions directly influence their practices,” she says. “In this research, I want to start out by investigating mainstream teachers’ understanding of the needs of the ELL population in Wyoming. I also want to uncover how these teachers are actually responding pedagogically, culturally, linguistically and socially to the needs of ELL students.” Shim’s research will take her to classrooms around the state, where she will interview teachers and observe classroom interactions. Garland Fellowship funding will support Shim’s data collection trips around the state. Jenna will draw upon her findings in another role: as the coordinator of UW’s English as a Second Language Endorsement Program. Shim brings multiple layers to this research and to her approach to teaching undergraduates at UW. One of those layers draws upon her experiences as an English language learner.Dr. Shim holds bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance. She also earned an M.S. in reading and a Ph.D. in language and literacy education from the State University of New York at Albany.