Jean Plaisir

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Teacher Education


Office: S-616A

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Phone: +1 (212) 220-1214


Jean Y. Plaisir is an Associate Professor in the Teacher Education department at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York.
Professor Plaisir holds a doctorate and two master’s degrees from Columbia University Teachers College, with studies in TESOL, Comparative and International Education, and Applied Linguistics with an emphasis in Bilingual Education and Information Technology. He completed his undergraduate studies at Hunter College/CUNY, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies (Latin and Greek) and Romance Languages (French and Spanish Literature).
Currently, Professor Plaisir teaches coursework in early childhood, childhood, and bilingual education at BMCC. His research interest focuses on the dispositions of Black males toward becoming teachers, particularly in the early grades, and Plaisir has been featured on a variety of publications and recruitment efforts seeking to increase the number of men in the Early Childhood field.


Teacher Education, Language and Literacy, Early Childhood Education , Cross-Cultural Communication & International Education, Bilingual Education, Applied Linguistics


  • B.A. Hunter College/CUNY, Classical Studies–Latin & Greek, French & Spanish Literature,1988
  • Teachers College, Columbia University, International Educational Development,1992
  • M.A. Teachers College, Columbia University, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL),1997
  • Ed.D. Teachers College Columbia University, Applied Linguistics,1999

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • CUNY-Haiti Initiative

    This project aims at providing technical assistance to three regional public universities in Haiti (Cities: Cap-Haitien, Cayes, and Gonaives) so as to help them develop comprehensive baccalaureate degree programs (2 + 2) in a number of areas of study, including education, nursing, tourism and hospitality management.


  • Their portfolios, our role: Examining a community college teacher education digital portfolio program from the students’ perspective2011, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education
  • Validating and Integrating Native Language and Culture in Formal Education: A Plea For a Culturally Relevant Education for Haitian Schoolchildren2010, Promoting Child Rights Through Research
  • Making Connections: Values, Challenges, and Successes in the Implementation of EPortfolios in Teacher Education at a Community College in New York City2011, US-China Education Review
  • Haitian Children’s Education: Orality, Literacy, and Technology2010, Lexington Books

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

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