Yolanda Gallardo, Ph.D. began as Dean of Gonzaga University School of Education in July of 2019. Prior to joining Gonzaga, Dean Gallardo was Associate Director for the ESL/Dual Language Program at Kansas State University, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Dean of Education at Georgetown College, and the Robert Billings Endowed Chair of Education Studies at Berea College.
Dean Gallardo received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a bilingual specialty from the University of Arizona. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University, and her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University. Dr. Gallardo taught elementary school in the state of Arizona on the border of Mexico for 12 years. During her years as an educator, she conceptualized, designed, and implemented a dual language program, served as a bilingual consultant and district writing specialist, and assisted in developing a school focused on bilingual/bicultural education.