Gilda Martinez-Alba


Gilda Martinez-Alba

Contact Info

Psychology Building, Room 118


Ed.D., Teacher Development and Leadership, Johns Hopkins University, 2005

Graduate Certificate, School Administration and Supervision, Johns Hopkins University, 2005

M.S., Education - Reading, Johns Hopkins University, 2000

B.S, Elementary Education - Science, University of Maryland, College Park, 1996

Areas of Expertise

English Language Learners, Reading Motivation, Technology for Motivation, Adolescent Literacy

Certification and Licensure:

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) PreK – 12, Maryland State Department of Education, 2006.

Administrator, Maryland State Department of Education, 2005.

Reading Specialist, Maryland State Department of Education, 2000.

Elementary and Middle School Teacher, Maryland State Department of Education, 1996.

Recent Publications

Cruzado-Guerrero, J. R. & Martinez-Alba, G. (2021). Supporting elementary age ELs with limited or interrupted formal education: Literacy events for families using wordless books. In L. J. Penton Herrera (Ed.), English and students with limited or interrupted formal education. Springer. 

Penton Herrera, L. & Martinez-Alba, G. (2021). Social-emotional learning in the English language classroom: Fostering growth, self-care, and independence. TESOL Press.

Martinez-Alba, G. (2020). Recruiting and retaining underrepresented students into education: Blogs 1-4 of a series. American Association for Employment in Education.



Towson University Educator of the Year, 2018.  Awarded for outstanding performance and dedication to students at the Center for Student Diversity.

Office of English Language Acquisition, 2017.  English learners moving to proficient outcomes with engagement and rigor (EMPOWER).  2.2 million dollar grant for a five year period as the co-principal investigator.

International TESOL Ambassador, 2017.  Awarded to seven out of 155 applicants to assist in promoting their international conference and mentor new members.  The organization has over 11,000 members from all over the world.

Towson University Office of Academic Innovation - Teaching Innovation Award, 2016. Awarded for an English learner focus faculty team project based in Baltimore City.