Melissa Arabel Navarro Martell

Andrea Sanchez

Faculty Fellow

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Melissa Arabel Navarro Martell, Ph.D., is an immigrant from Tijuana, México. She is a former 4th and 8th grade math and science dual language teacher who supports educators serving multilingual learners in the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education and the Joint Ph.D. Program in Education. As an assistant professor and researcher, she addresses the preparation of teachers to teach for social, racial, and environmental justice, specifically how math, science, and engineering can be taught and connected to multilingual learners’ lives and experiences.

B.A. Spanish Literature- University of California, San Diego M. Ed. - University of California, Los Ángeles Ph.D., Education – Claremont Graduate University (CGU)/San Diego State University (SDSU) – Joint Doctorate

Fun Fact
As an undergraduate 19 year old, Melissa was a bus driver at UCSD


  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)
  • National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE)
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE)
  • La Cosecha Dual Language
  • Institute For Teachers Of Color Committed To Racial Justice
  • California Association of Bilingual Educators (CABE)


Navarro Martell, M.A., & Zahner, W. (in press) Research on the Equitable use of Language(s) and Discourses in Dual Language and Multilingual Mathematics and Science Classrooms. In J. Freire, C. Alfaro and E. DeJong (Eds.). The Handbook of Dual Language and Bilingual Education, (pp. 536-555). Routledge.

Navarro Martell, M.A., Yanga-Peña, J., Vásquez, S., & Huerta, V. C. (in press). Going paperless: How digital science notebooks are changing the future of science education and language learning. Science and Children. 

Navarro Martell, M.A., & Esquinca, A. (2023). Preparing Ideologically Clear Science Bilingual and Dual Language Educators. In M. Di Stefano, I. Villanueva & A. Esquinca (Eds.). Integrando STEAM: A Guide for Elementary Bilingual and Dual Language Programs(p. 158-169). El Monte, CA: Velasquez Press

Zahner, W., Hernández, S., Navarro Martell, M.A., Alfaro, C., (2023). Teaching Multilingual Learners During COVID-19: Lessons Shared from Teachers. Multilingual Educator. California Association for Bilingual Education (p. 17-19).  

Navarro Martell, M. A., Yanga-Peña, J., & Barrett, G. (2022). Growing Globally Conscious Citizens: Documenting Two Dual Language Maestras’ Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching Science. In M. Y. Medina & M. Machado-Casas (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Critical Understandings of Latinx and Global Education (p. 195-221). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

Hernandez, S.J., Alfaro, C., & Navarro Martell, M.A.  (2022). Bilingual Teacher Educators as Language Policy Agents: A Critical Language Policy Perspective of the Castañeda v. Pickard Case and the Bilingual Teacher Shortage. Language Policy. 

Navarro Martell, M.A. (2021) Ciencias bilingües: How Dual Language Teachers Cultivate Equity in Dual Language Classrooms. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

Navarro Martell, M.A. (2021). Learning and teaching en dos idiomas: Critical autoethnography, translenguaje, y rechazando English Learner. Centering Translanguaging in Critical Teacher Education: Cultivando Nuevos Conocimientos de Translenguaje en la Educación de Futuros Docentes. Association of Mexican American Educators (AMAE) Journal. 

Zahner, W., Alfaro, C., Hernández, S., Navarro Martell, M.A., Ochoa, E., & Perez, L. (2021). Teachers’ voices on instructional materials and multilingual learners. English Learner Success Forum.

Herrera F., Kovats Sánchez, G., Navarro Martell, M.A., & Zeldón, M. J. (2018). Latinx students in STEM college pathways: A closer look at the role of Hispanic serving institutions. In T. T. Yuen, E. Bonner, & M. G. Arreguín-Anderson (Eds.), (Under)represented Latin@s in STEM: Increasing participation throughout education and the workplace (p. 3-18). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Luschei, T., Santibañez, L., Soto-Pena, M., Navarro Martell, M.A.  (2016). Evaluation of one District’s Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program. Claremont Graduate University.