Dual Immersion/Bilingual Education

Description: Embraces the needs, goals, and outcomes of the growing Hispanic population in Eastern North Carolina by creating dual-immersion initiatives in local schools, and documenting the effectiveness of bilingual education in producing linguistic and cultural gains in Spanish.

Ongoing Projects

  1. Bridging the Gap: Bilingual Education and Community Engagement

Community Partners: Pink Hill Elementary, AMEXCAN, and East Carolina University

This project incorporates community members of Hispanic and non-Hispanic origin, and East Carolina University faculty and students, in a learning community that is currently designing a program for Spanish immersion in kindergarten and 1st grade in Pink Hill Elementary.

attachtopinkhillECU Faculty Members

Dr. Stephen Fafulas, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

Dr. Marjorie Ringler, Department of Educational Leadership

Dr. Laura Levi Altstaedter, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

Ann Borisoff, Department of Educational Leadership

ECU Student Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy (SEOSA) Assistants

Trista Locklear Davis


Trista L. Davis graduated from the University of Mount Olive, received her Master of Business Administration from Central Michigan University and is currently working towards her Master of School Administration as a North Carolina Principal Fellow at East Carolina University. Trista plans to become a Principal in the near future with future endeavors of working toward earning her doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Kristen Nicole Fulcher


Kristen Fulcher is a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry and Hispanic Studies. At East Carolina University, Kristen is an EC Scholar and a member of the Honors College. After graduating, she plans on attending medical school in order to obtain a Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.) and become a surgeon. Kristen is interested in Hispanic Studies because she aspires to be fluent in Spanish so that she can communicate with Spanish-speaking patients she may have when working as a surgeon in the future. She also works as an undergraduate researcher in the biology lab of Dr. Ables at East Carolina University.