Joyce Bezdicek, Ph.D.
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
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
Joyce lives in Urbana with her husband,
Milt. They have two sons, Aidan and Devin. Family activities they
enjoy include hiking, biking, and camping.