Ph.D. Students

Liana Thacker Balloffet
  • Title
    • Doctoral Candidate
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Education Department
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • McHenry Library, McHenry 0262
  • Mail Stop Education Department

Research Interests

Dual Language Education, Mathematics Education, Teacher Education and Professional Development, Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Quantitative Research Methodoligies

Biography, Education and Training


B.A. Early Childhood Education and Youth and Family Studies, Lesley University


M.A. Education, University of California Santa Cruz



Graduate Student Researcher, MALLI


Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Dual Language teacher in public and private schools


Special Education paraprofessional, PK-8th grade, public school and afterschool



CA Multiple Subjects Credential with Spanish Bilingual Authorization

MA Early Childhood Credential 

Honors, Awards and Grants

California Teacher Education Research Improvement Network (CTERIN) Emerging Teacher Educator (ETE) Fellow: 2021-Present


Selected Publications

Balloffet, L. and Téllez, K. (2021). How are California’s Latina/x/o students faring?: Charter elementary schools’ Spanish/English Dual Language Programs. Journal of Leadership, Equity and Research, 7(2)

Selected Presentations

Xia, Y., Patthoff, A., and Balloffet, L. (Forthcoming, 2022, April). Teacher Growth Across the Career Spectrum in Lesson Study with Video Club. Roundtable Session at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.


Balloffet, L. and Téllez, K. (2021, April). Analysis of California’s Elementary Dual Language Programs: Charter Schools and Latina/x/o Students. Paper Presentation at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.