Ms. Ger (Maiv Ntxawm) Thao holds a MA degree in Education: Curriculum & Instruction, BA in Liberal Studies, and Multiple Subject Credential from the California State University, Chico. She is a pursuing a PhD in Education: Curriculum & Instruction Specialization at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. A speaker of both English & Hmong, she has been teaching for eight years as an elementary school teacher & as an ELA Intervention Specialist. Her research focuses on children’s literature and curriculum by underrepresented & marginalized groups, particularly literature by Hmong authors and the teaching of Hmong language and culture. She had been coordinating the Hmong Language & Culture Enrichment summer program in Madison, WI for the past 3 summers. Her passion is helping Hmong students maintain & appreciate their Hmong identity. Upon completion of her degree, she intends to take a leadership role in teacher education to support Bilingual education & curriculum development to promote Asian languages and cultures.