MEET THE OWNER

Zaira R. Arvelo Alicea, PhD

Experta en el lenguaje inglés, apasionada de la escritura y amante de la enseñanza.

Dr Zaira Arvelo stands arms crossed
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The beginning

After a decade as professor and writer, I made the choice to use language and training to empower everyone not just those college students and fellow academics.

EDUCATOR

Over 14 years! Say what? My first passion.

He facilitado y diseñado experiencias educativas desde el 2006 cuando tenía apenas 21 años. He enseñado inglés pre-básico, básico, intermedio y conversacional, composición, lectura e inglés técnico a estudiantes universitarios de distintas disciplinas. En mi área de especialidad (preparación de maestros) he dado literatura para niños, enseñanza de inglés como idioma nuevo, composición avanzada y teoría de la enseñanza de la escritura. He trabajado con estudiantes no tradicionales, profesionales desplazados y adultos marginados en escuela nocturna y por medio de colaboraciones con licitadores gubernamentales. También, he enseñado cursos híbridos y en línea usando plataformas como Moodle, Blackboard y WebCT. Cuento con un bachillerato en educación superior, maestría en artes en educación en inglés y doctorado en alfabetismo y lenguaje. Mis certificaciones incluyen:
  • Secondary Level Teacher (Puerto Rico Department of Education)
  • Teacher of English as a New Language in K-12 (Purdue University)
  • Online Teaching (University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla)

WRITER

Writing came into my life in 2008 when I completed my masters.

Por años mis escritos fueron altamente estructurados, fuera de mi control, complejos y el típico proceso lento y doloroso que cada “futuro académico” conoce. Publiqué en revistas arbitradas, revistas institucionales, revistas locales y contribuí capítulos de libros. Usé ese tono objetivo y esas construcciones cargadas que caracterizan la escritura académica.

Then, I started using a friendlier tone. Several factors contributed to this change including my experiences during hurricane Maria and my transition from academic to business owner.

I discovered that the educated writer in me had had her voice and creative genius stolen. Twelve publications later, I wrote my first Spanish piece.

Del 2017 para acá, he publicado en periódicos locales e internacionales, logré mi primera historia para niños y un artículo en una revista de negocios. Ninguna de estas publicaciones me tomó años y han alcanzado a miles de lectores.

ACADEMIC PUBS

OTHER PUBS

Anansesem: The Caribbean Children’s & Young Adult Literature Magazine. Read it here

Business to Business Puerto Rico Magazine. Read it here

RESEARCHER

Research was my second love. It found me during my first year in the master's program. 

Me especializo en investigaciones educativas con metodologías cualitativas y mixtas.

I have collaborated in research projects at Purdue University and the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez (UPRM) in phenomena like: effectiveness of STEM education at the college level, elementary level scientific literacy, English for future animal scientists, and the relationship between social skills and reading.

As principal investigator, I have research on literacy and bilingualism with Latino communities in the US. I have researched classroom participation and its relationship to online gendered dynamics, and community literacies and their role in children's social skills.

My credentials include:

  • Institutional Review Board approval by Purdue University and UPRM to conduct research with human subjects and vulnerable populations
  • CITI training attesting to my ability to look after participants' well-being and confidentiality
  • Adiestramiento para administrar exámenes de alfabetismo, lectura y destrezas sociales

I enjoy electronic data analysis using software like Nvivo and Atlas.ti.

Dr. Arvelo has been featured in

The Voice of Witness Book Project: Mi María

Narrator in a large-scale oral history project studying the impacts of Hurricane María on the people of Puerto Rico.

Dr. Echo Rivera's Creative Research Communications Blog

Listed as resource that aids academics before the presentation design phase.

Dr. Eva Lantsoght's Blog PhD Talk

Random thoughts on the process of doing a PhD.

BTCPay Directory

Directory showcasing merchants, charities, apps and projects using BTCPay Server.

Shop + Hire

Directory which includes Puerto Rican professional freelancers.

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