Rebecca Curinga earned her Ph.D. from the Linguistics Department at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research has focused on morphological awareness and cross-linguistic reading comprehension skills comparing Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE) and other emergent bilinguals. Formerly the professional development coordinator at Bridges to Academic Success, she now leads the academic and research team for Bridges at the Center for Advanced Study in Education. She coordinates the collection of theoretical and empirical research to support the project, along with documentation for program evaluation. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the TESOL Program in the School of Education at the College of Staten Island, where she teaches courses in linguistics, literacy, methods in TESOL, foundations of multicultural education, bilingualism and second language acquisition.