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Criselda Guajardo Alvarado, EdD, has devoted her professional life to education and assessment. She began her career as a bilingual education teacher in an elementary school in Donna, Texas, before becoming a middle school mathematics and reading teacher in Robstown, Texas. Dr. Alvarado then moved to Houston, Texas, and worked as a bilingual elementary school teacher. She has also worked as an educational diagnostician and special education supervisor in several elementary, middle, and high schools as well as a in a juvenile justice charter school. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Houston from 1994 to 1999 and in 2016, and she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston–Clear Lake from 2012 to 2015. Since 1994 she has worked for various school districts and state departments as a consultant on dyslexia, special education, bilingual education, and educational assessment. For several years, Dr. Alvarado taught in and directed an all-volunteer after-school tutorial program for children, and she currently teaches in and directs an all-volunteer English as a second language program for adults in her local community.
From 1991 to 2015, Dr. Alvarado was the Director of Bilingual Studies at Measurement Learning Consultants, where she worked on several English and Spanish standardization projects, including the Woodcock-Muñoz Language Survey, Batería Woodcock-Muñoz: Pruebas de habilidades cognitivas-Revisada, Batería Woodcock-Muñoz: Pruebas de aprovechamiento-Revisada, Woodcock-Johnson® III Tests of Cognitive Abilities, Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement, Batería III Woodcock-Muñoz: Pruebas de habilidades cognitivas, and Batería III Woodcock-Muñoz: Pruebas de aprovechamiento. She is a coauthor of the Woodcock-Muñoz Language Survey–Revised and the Bilingual Verbal Ability Tests. Dr. Alvarado received her BS with teaching certificates in Elementary Education, Psychology, Bilingual Education, and Mathematics and her MEd as an Educational Diagnostician from the University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley. She received her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Bilingual Education at the University of Houston.