Dr. Maria B Serpa, Professor Emerita of Education & TESOLBilingual-Special Education at Lesley University, MA USA where she has served in several roles including Director of the Graduate Teacher Education Programs in Moderate Disabilities (Monolingual & Bilingual) for fifteen years. Her teaching career spans from elementary to college teaching and professional learning from K-12 to Higher Education. Most of her academic research and practice have been focused on nondiscriminatory assessment (bi)Literacy/dyslexia, UDL and culturally and linguistically responsive IEPs. She earned a doctorate in Bilingual Special Education from Boston University MA USA and her dissertation research focused on Portuguese Reading and Assessment; a Masters in Special Education and a second Bachelors in Elementary Education from UMass Boston. Her passion for facilitating effective and joyful learning for every learner with and without disabilities is guided by a growth mindset, the UDL Framework and a commitment to equity. She is a proficient Bilingual Professional who loves music and spending time with friends and family.