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Nancy Lemberger

Nancy Lemberger

Associate Professor of Bilingual EducationBilingual Education Coordinator

B.A., California State College, SonomaM.A., California State College, HaywardM.Ed., Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University


Nancy Lemberger, formerly a Spanish/English bilingual elementary teacher from California, is an associate professor at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. She has taught a variety of bilingual education, English as a second language and elementary education and literacy courses at the graduate level. Her doctorate, from Teachers College, Columbia University, is in the area of curriculum and teaching and bilingual education. Her dissertation, “Bilingual Education: Teachers’ Voices,” was awarded Outstanding Dissertation of 1992 by the National Association of Bilingual Education.

Dr. Lemberger coordinated a federal grant to help mainstream secondary teachers to better address the needs of English-language learners in their classes. More recently, she has integrated technology into her teaching. With her colleague, Dr. Helaine Marshall from the University’s Westchester Graduate Campus, she has created an online bilingual extension program. Together they coordinate the program, create, teach and evaluate the courses. In 2011, she was the first place recipient of the David Newton Excellence in Teaching Award.

Her research interests show her commitment to bilingual education, bilingual teachers and English-language learners. Her widely used book, “Bilingual Education: Teachers’ Narratives,” documents eight bilingual teachers’ experiences in different programs, regions and languages. Her other research interests address the complexities of bilingual teaching through collaborative teacher research studies, the relationship of teacher certification to classroom practice and the assessment of English language learners using electronic portfolios. Recent research extends to the integration of technology for bilingual and TESOL teachers and comparisons between face-to-face and online teaching, and describing innovative synchronous teaching of weekly videoconferencing class sessions.


Bilingual Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), Online Education


  • Co-author, “Certification and teaching: ‘Closer Look’ at some New York City Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language Teachers,” published in The Journal of Multilingual Research, (2011)
  • Author, “Integrating technology into teacher education courses: One educator’s journey from technophobe to techy,” published in the Peer-reviewed Proceedings of the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education (2007)
  • Co-author, “Russian bilingual science learning: Perspectives from secondary students,” published in the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (2002)
  • Co-author, “Identifying and applying a communicative and constructivist model to transfer knowledge,” published by the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (2002)
  • Author, “What do the New York State teacher certification exams really measure? Implications for preparing bilingual and English as second language teachers,” published in New York State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development: Impact on Instructional Improvement (2001)
  • Co-author, “Teaching and Learning Science in Two Languages: Perspectives from a Russian Bilingual Secondary Science Teacher and her Students,” published in the New York State Association for Bilingual Education Journal (1998)
  • Author, “Review: ‘Latina and Latino voices in literature for children and teenagers,’” published in NABE News (1998)
  • Author, “Bilingual Education: Teachers’ Narratives” (1997)
  • Author, “Factors affecting language development from the perspectives of four bilingual teachers, published in the Journal of Educational Issues of Language Minority Students (1996) and reprinted in “Teaching English as a Second Language” (1998/1999 and 1999/2000)
  • Co-author, “Project Unity: Collaboration among bilingual, general and special education staffs,” published in NABE News (1994)
  • Co-author, “Collaborative models for staffs working with LEP students in general and special education programs,” published in The Forum (1994)
  • Author, “Title VII Fellows' Open Forum,” published in the Proceedings of the Third National Research Symposium on Limited English Proficient Students’ Issues. (1993)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Educational Research Association
  • Member, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
  • Member, California Association for Bilingual Education
  • Member, English Language Learner Advocacy Group
  • Member, International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Member, National Association for Bilingual Education
  • Member, New York State Association for Bilingual Education
  • Member, New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages