As an experienced leader in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), my commitment to improving educational opportunities for English learners (ELs) drives my work with K-12 students, teachers, leaders, and school districts.
I am a Minnesota licensed K-12 ESL teacher and experienced teacher educator. I started my career teaching high school Spanish and English in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After earning a Masters of Education degree at the University of Minnesota, I went on to teach elementary ESL in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public School districts. I began my work in teacher education at the University of Minnesota in 2004, where I taught a course for mainstream teachers titled Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners in the Mainstream. During that time, I also assisted the Second Language Education faculty in the management of a multi-million dollar Title III grant. Most recently, I worked in educational non-profits, serving as a program director and executive director. During that time, I gained extensive experience writing, managing, budgeting for, and reporting on private, corporate, and government grants.
In my current role as the English Learners in the Mainstream (ELM) Project Director, I co-developed and facilitated trainings for over 300 Minnesota ESL teachers and direct all aspects of the U.S. Department of Education grant that supports these efforts. This includes directing the project’s evaluation, facilitating data collection and analysis, collaborating with our external grant evaluators, and engaging in continuous improvement efforts. As the primary partner recruiter, I have grown The ELM Project's local (public district, public charter, and private) partnerships from six to 39 and forged important collaborations with both the Regional Centers for Excellence and the Minnesota Department of Education. In addition, I am charged with creating and delivering comprehensive leadership training to school administrators from The ELM Project’s partner schools and districts. In 2020 I co-authored a book on these trainings titled Teacher Leadership for School Wide English Learning, a best-seller for TESOL Press, which provides a comprehensive model for systemic change in the way that schools serve English learners.
I have presented at local and national professional conferences on the topic of peer coaching and professional development for mainstream teachers who work with English learners. I completed my doctorate degree (Ed.D.) in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California. My research interests include teacher leadership, peer instructional coaching, teacher identity, and organizational change management.
I offer support to schools, districts, colleges, universities and other educational organizations that empowers administrators and teachers to better support student learning.