¡Hola a todos y todas!

My name is Gerardo Aponte-Martínez. I was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and grew up in the town of Aguas Buenas. My parents are missionaries, so when I was 10 we moved to Belize and at 13 we moved to Peru. Three years later we moved to Fort Pierce, Florida. I have a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida, and Master's degree in Social Studies Education from the University of Florida. I am a HUGE Gators fan!

Currently, I am a second year doctoral student in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education at Michigan State University. My research interests revolve around global education, social studies education, and teacher preparation. Specifically, I am interested in how teachers' identity develops around teaching global issues and how teacher preparation and/or professional development impact their identity. At MSU I teach the secondary social studies methods course for seniors.

I'm hoping this project abroad will be an opportunity to get to know teachers from around the US and establish connections with teachers abroad. I think it will be a great opportunity to collaborate and get different perspectives on teaching, learning, global citizenship, and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

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My family and I at Parque Nacional Volcan Poas in Alajuela, Costa Rica