Ms. Zilonka, an international student from Israel, has been living in the USA for the last 4.5 years. She got her Bachelor’s degree in Education in Social Justice Education and Peace Studies in “Seminar Hakibutzim” college of education in Tel-Aviv, Israel in 2009.
As an activist feminist educator, she has been focusing on liberatory pedagogy and critical feminist pedagogy in the past 7 years and was involved in community-based projects, such as after-school programs in underrepresented neighborhoods. She has been working towards solidarity building, women and children’s rights, pro-peace and anti-poverty initiatives in the past 13 years in Israel and in the USA.
Ms. Zilonka got her Master’s in Education in Bilingual Education from Boise State University, ID in 2011. After graduating with her Master’s, she worked as an adjunct faculty member at Boise State University for 2 semesters.
Currently, she is working on her Ph.D. in education, with concentration on cultural foundations at the School of Education in the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
While getting her Ph.D., Ms. Zilonka teaches at UNCG and works with pre-service teachers. She supports and involved with other community-based projects in North Carolina, and her scholarly research focuses on immigrant mother-daughter relationships in the context of the education system and parental involvement.