Dr. Troiano holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in German literature and an M.Ed from DePaul University in secondary world language education with an ESL endorsement. She has over ten years of teaching experience in preschool through high school settings, teaching ESL/EFL and German in Germany and Chicago Public Schools. Dr. Troiano earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in curriculum and instruction.
She worked on Project LSciMAct (Transforming Literacy, Math, and Science through Action Research) for six years as a postdoctoral fellow, project coordinator and research assistant, collaborating with K-8 in-service teachers on action research projects and curriculum development for English learners.
Her research interests include teacher education professional development grounded in sociocultural theories of language and learning. Her work uses discourse analysis as a tool for teachers to study their practice and develop curriculum. She has presented her research at state and national conferences.
She has served as a member of the American Educational Research Association, National Council of Teachers of English, Literacy Research Association and Illinois Teachers of ESOL and Bilingual Education.
All MTL ESL courses:
- MTL 544 Cross-Cultural Studies in Teaching English Language Learner
- MTL 558 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching English Language Learners
- MTL 569 Linguistics for Second Language Learning
- MTL 579 Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners
- MTL 587 Assessment of English Language Learners
- MTL 592 Action Research and Application of Bilingual Methods