Texas Tech University

Meranda Sierra, M.Ed.

Instructor
Teacher Education Department

Email: meranda.sierra@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-5297

Office: 256

Meranda Sierra is a Site Coordinator and Instructor in the Teacher Education Department at Texas Tech University.  She graduated from Lubbock Christian University in 2004 with a degree in Elementary Education.  She completed her Master’s degree in Curriculum Instruction with an ESL emphasis in 2012.  Prior to coming to TTU, she spent 9 years in the classroom.  During her last 3 years in the classroom, she spent time researching and writing curriculum along side with Dr. Aguirre Munoz on using the functional grammar approach to improve writing.  She works as a Site Coordinator and teaches courses in math methods and ESL.  She enjoys preparing our Teacher Candidates for the challenging, but rewarding job of being a Teacher. 

Education

  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction  (2012)   
    • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
    • Thesis: “Using The Functional Grammar Approach To Improve Expository & Narrative Writing with Elementary Students”
  • B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Childhood (2004) 
    • Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock, TX

Areas of Expertise

  • ESL Certified
  • TAP Certified
  • Conceptually Based Math Education
  • Functional Grammar: Teaching within the Context
  • Coaching Teacher Candidates
  • Certified Co-Teacher Trainer
  • Inspector for TPI-US

Selected Publications

Thesis: “Using The Functional Grammar Approach To Improve Expository & Narrative Writing with Elementary Students” (2012)   

Wang, Jian, Flores, Raymond, Ortiz, Rebecca, Pablo, Dominguez-Diaz, Han, Sun Young, Sierra, Meranda, Matthews, Kimberly, Pham, Nhung T., American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, "Characteristics of Elementary Preservice Teachers’ Knowledge of Fractions for Teaching: A Video Analysis," Chicago, IL. (April 2015).

Flores, Raymond, Wang, Jian, Pablo, Dominguez-Diaz, Ortiz, Rebecca, Han, Sun Young, Sierra, Meranda, Matthews, Kimberly, American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, "Relationship Between Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching and Teaching Practices: A Video Analysis of  Elementary Preservice Teachers," Chicago, IL. (April 2015)