Elia Maria Romero is an expert in critical pedagogy and biliteracy. She has a B.A. in science education from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (1984), and an M.A. in bilingual education form UNM (1996).
She moved to Albuquerque in 1992, where she worked as a bilingual resource teacher for APS. She has also served as a consultant for Dual Language New Mexico, providing professional development for teachers in New Mexico, Texas, Oregon and Illinois, sharing her expertise in mathematics education, biology education, critical pedagogy, early childhood, and curriculum development.