Paty Abril-Gonzalez completed her PhD in Social, Multicultural, and Bilingual Foundations with an Emphasis in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2018. Her dissertation is titled: Recuerdos, Expresiones y Sueños en Nepantla: Identity Journeys through Spoken, Written, and Artistic Testimonios. Her research agenda includes exploring long-term caring relationships between bilingual Latinx teachers, students, and their families through Chicana Feminist orientations using qualitative arts-based methods.
Prior to her returning to graduate school Paty Abril-Gonzalez was a bilingual elementary school teacher for 7 years in Denver, Colorado, including dual immersion and traditional bilingual education settings. She taught in the same district where she learned English as a young student years before.