Joyce Bezdicek teaches early childhood education courses in the School of Education. She has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois. Her specialties include early childhood education and bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) education.
Joyce has taught early childhood and ESL/bilingual coursework as an adjunct at the University of Illinois. Her research interests include the integration of home language and culture in school settings, mainstream teachers and their work with ELLs, and the work of bilingual family coordinators.
Joyce also has more than 25 years of experience working in public and private schools, both in elementary and preschool settings. Part of her teaching experience involves six years in schools overseas, at Yokohama International School in Yokohama, Japan and at the American School of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands of Spain. On her return to the U.S. Joyce joined Urbana School District #116. She worked as part of a team in the development of a model early childhood program for children who came to school speaking languages other than English.
Joyce was the classroom teacher for a multilingual class of preschoolers where the children spoke 12 different home languages. She worked with a team of bilingual family coordinators who provided language and cultural resource for the classroom and made home visits. More recently Joyce’s work has involved guiding teachers and school staff in their work with English language learners (ELLs). She has made presentations at the local, state and national level on working with English language learners (ELLs).
Joyce lives in Urbana with her husband, Milt. They have two sons, Aidan and Devin. Family activities they enjoy include hiking, biking, and camping.