Rather than view service as a separate academic endeavor from my scholarship, I believe that service is intertwined with scholarship and teaching. My service is framed in Freirean ‘praxis’ – reflection and action as a means for rehumanizing relationships and transforming learning.
I am a strong advocate of immigrant children and families, especially in these contentious political times, and have directed literacy projects for immigrant and multilingual children. Some of the service I do includes:
- UF scooter and motorcycle safety (in memoriam of my son, Thomas J. Coady (1992-2014), a UF Biology major who died with his passenger after being struck on his motorcycle)–Thomas J. Coady Memorial Scholarship Endowment at UF
- interpreting, translating, advocating, and creating avenues for effective rural multilingual family engagement in schools;
- Senator, Vice President, and FEA representative of the United Faculty of Florida UF union;
- President of the Florida Association for Bilingual Education (FABE);
- Chair-Elect of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Bilingual Education Special Interest Group;
- establishing the first statewide (Florida) Repository for Bilingual Education programs in the US (bilingualeducationfl.org), created with my graduate students in Bilingual-Bicultural Education course, fall 2018;
- serving on the editorial boards of the Sunshine State TESOL Journal and the Bilingual Research Journal;
- President of the Foundation for Language Education and Development (LEAD), fundraising and providing tuition assistance for bilingual and undocumented students to attend colleges in Florida.