Ester J. de Jong
Ester J. de Jong is currently Associate Professor of ESOL/Bilingual Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Originally from the Netherlands, she earned her doctoral degree at Boston University in Bilingual Education and worked for five years as the Assistant Director for Bilingual Education/ESL in Framingham, Massachusetts. De Jong's research interests include two-way bilingual education, language policy in education, and integrated, linguistically diverse classroom settings. De Jong currently works in the area of mainstream teacher preparation for linguistically and culturally diverse students, with a focus on the specific professional development needs of teachers working with bilingual children.