Dalia Zabala, Ed.M.
Alliance Liaison
dzabala@air.org

English Learners Research Alliance

Core Alliance Members

Heather Addington, ESL/Science Teacher
New Braunfels Independent School District, New Braunfels

Ada Amaro-Sibaja, Executive Director for Support Services
Los Fresnos Independent School District, Los Fresnos

Noelia Benson, Director of Bilingual and ESL
Del Valle Independent School District, Del Valley

Dr. Rebecca Callahan, Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Austin

Barbara Cannon, Director
Monte Alto Independent School District, Monte Alto

Mark Cantu, Education Specialist
Region 20 Education Service Center, San Antonio

Maritza Cardenas, Bilingual/ESL Supervisor
Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, Edinburg

Alma Cardenas Rubio, Bilingual Education Administrator
Brownsville Independent School District, Brownsville

Anabel Castillo, Dual Language Strategist
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District, Pharr

Tanya Castro, District IC
La Villa Independent School District, La Villa

Dr. Virginia Champion, Director of Grant Development, Management, and Compliance
South Texas College

Karina Chapa, Language Profiency, Biliteracy and Cultural Diversity Director
Edinburg

Dr. Chelsea Cornelius, Evaluation Analyst, Department of Research and Evaluation
Austin Independent School District, Austin

Susie Coultress, State Director, Bilingual Education/Title III/Migrant Education
Texas Education Agency, Austin

Araceli de la Cruz, Bilingual/ESL Supervisor
Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, Edinburg

Gail Dennis, Teacher
Killeen Independent School District, Killeen

Dr. Ella Mar Diaz-Ortiz, Assistant Principal
Pflugerville Independent School District, Pflugerville

Deidre Dobbins, Principal
Taylor Elementary, Burleson Independent School District, Burleson

Sonia Domingues 
E3 Alliance, Austin

Dr. Martha Doolittle, Senior Research Associate II
Department of Research and Evaluation, Austin Independent School District, Austin

VerĂ³nica Duffy, ESL Specialist Secondary
North East Independent School District, San Antonio

Norma Espino, Principal/Bilingual Director
Vanguard Academy, Pharr

Gloria Gallegos, Associate Superintendent
Pasadena Independent School District, Pasadena

Azucena Garcia, Principal
Sanchez Elementary, Austin Independent School District, Austin

Carmen Garcia, Region 1 Brownsville Satellite Director
Region 1 Education Service Center, Brownsville Satellite Office, Brownsville

Joshua Garcia, Director of ELL/Bilingual Programs
Mansfield Independent School District, Mansfield

Norma Garcia, Director of Special Program and Multi-Languages
Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District, Harlingen

Marta Garza, Bilingual/Early Childhood
Hidalgo Independent School District, Hidalgo

Dr. Sergio Garza, Assistant Professor
Texas A&M International University, Laredo

Dr. Shannon Giroir, Senior Field Trainer/Analyst MCPER & VCG
The University of Texas at Austin

Elizabeth Gongora, Coordinator
Sharyland Independent School District, Mission

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds, Chief Deputy Commissioner
Texas Education Agency, Austin

Evangelina Gracia, Bilingual/ESL Director
Mercedes Independent School District, Mercedes

Aronda Green, Pre-K Curriculum Coordinator
Fort Bend Independent School District, Sugar Land

Celia Guerra, Director
Roma Independent School District, Roma

Dr. Gracie Guerrero, Assistant Superintendent for Multilingual Programs
Houston Independent School District, Houston

Betsy Haisler, Director of Multilingual Services
Aldine Independent School District, Aldine

 

Glenda Hernandez, ELL Coordinator
La Porte Independent School District, La Porte

Edgar Ibarra, Director
Mission Consolidated Independent School District, Mission

Dr. Uvaldina Janecek, Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education
The University of North Texas at Dallas

Dr. Patricia Jimenez-Latham, Director
Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations, New Mexico Highlands University, NM

David Kauffman, Interim Executive Director of English Language Learners
Austin Independent School District, Austin

Dr. Carla Kyle, Teacher
Premier High School

Walker Kyle, Director/Teacher
Stephenville Independent School District, Stephenville

Marisa Landero, Special Programs/Multi-Language Program Specialist
Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District, Harlingen

Dr. Sylvia Linan-Thompson, Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Austin

Lupe Lloyd, CEO
Lupe Lloyd & Associates, Inc., San Antonio

Jill Lowe, ESL Coordinator PK–12
Fort Bend Independent School District, Sugar Land

Olivia Martinez, Dual Language Director
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District, Pharr

Dr. Matthew Meyers, Director – Bilingual/ESL/Migrant/Title III-A
Valley View Independent School District, Pharr

Colleen Moore, Specialist/Manager
Vaughn Gross Center for Reaching and Language Arts, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Noe Moraida, Director of Student Services/Bilingual/GT
Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District, Edcouch

Dr. Aline Orr, Research Analyst II
Austin Independent School District, Austin

Gladys Ortega, Bilingual ESL Director
Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, Edinburg

Dr. Alba Ortiz, Professor, Special Education
The University of Texas at Austin

Annette Pena, Bilingual/ESL Director
La Feria Independent School District, La Feria

Anabel Rangel, Bilingual Special Ed Specialist
Region 1 Education Service Center, Brownsville Satellite Office, Brownsville

Cloris Rangel, Director of Dual Language Programs
Multi-Language Enrichment Program, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas

Dr. Pedro Reyes, Executive Vice Chancellor
The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Phyllis Robertson, Assistant Professor, College of Education
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christie

Perla Roerig, Bilingual Specialist
Region 1 Education Service Center, Edinburg

Dr. David Rueda, Asst. Superintendent C&I
Fabens Independent School District, Fabens

Patricia Sanchez, Multilingual Program Specialist
Multilingual Department, Houston Independent School District, Houston

Norma Santa Maria, Bilingual/ESL Supervisor
Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, Edinburg

Dr. Jennifer Schnakenberg, Principal Investigator
The University of Texas at Austin

Rosalva Silva, Dual Language Coordinator Elementary Schools
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District, Pharr

Eliza Simental, Title III Professional Development Consultant
Leadership & Board Governance, Education Service Center Region 19, El Paso

Monica D. Smith, Native American Facilitator/Secondary ELL Strategist
Grand Prairie Independent School District, Grand Prairie

Dr. Tobi Thompson, Director
Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK

Elva S. Torres, Director of Federal & Dual Language Programs
Hutto Independent School District, Hutto

Elias Trevino, Director
Weslaco Independent School District, Weslaco

Anna Villarreal, Coordinator
Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District, Los Fresnos

Irma Zuniga, Bilingual/ESL Director
La Joya Independent School District, La Joya

Floridalia Zuniga Gray, Dual Language Instructional Specialist
Hutto Independent School District, Hutto