WCEPS Consultants share a passion for serving educators and multilingual learners. Consultants come to WCEPS with K-12 ESL/bilingual teaching experience, facilitation expertise, experience working with the WIDA ELD Standards and Assessment, and training from WIDA.

Mia Allen

Mia Allen

English Language Development Facilitator

Mia Ariela Allen is focused on improving programmatic structures and creating equitable learning opportunities for English Language Learners. Mia is currently completing dissertation work focused on English Language Learning programming for newcomer and refugee students that have timed-out or dropped-out of a traditional secondary school model. Mia earned her Masters in Elementary Education with a focus on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. Mia then went on to study at the University of Colorado-Boulder in the Bueno Center program- focused on bilingual special education. Mia has taught and coached in Denver Public schools and then went on to work in the digital publishing industry creating English Language Development and Spanish bilingual and biliteracy-based support resources.

Mia had the opportunity to provide WIDA-based workshops for many consortium member states including; Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina. Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Utah. Most recently, Mia served as the Director of ELL and Bilingual Services for non-profit organization in which she assisted with an i3 scale grant in Broward County Schools (Florida), Denver Public Schools (Colorado), Elizabeth Public Schools (New Jersey), Houston Independent School District. In her tenure, Mia supported the development of English language development resources and materials to create sheltered-learning and coaching aligned to early literacy development across the i3 project. Mia currently is working with school districts in Colorado, Illinois and New Mexico to develop language-rich learning environments that support cross-curricular English Language Development. Mia is the Founder and Director of Professional Learning for Denver-based 4Ed Consulting.

Marlow Barton

Marlow Barton

English Language Development Facilitator

Marlow Barton has over twenty years in the field of education. She has been presenting WIDA workshops since Missouri joined the Consortium in 2010. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with a minor in language and literature, and an M.A.T. in TESOL from Southeast Missouri State University. She earned her second master’s degree in 2007 from the School for International Training in Vermont with a minor in French. She taught English as a foreign language for several years overseas in Hungary and Poland. She was the lead ELL teacher and coordinator for a large suburban school district just outside of St. Louis where she developed the ESOL department from an itinerant position to a center based program model. She has also served as a regional ELL school improvement consultant. She has completed the TESOL Leadership and Management course, and participated in content and bias reviews for WIDA. She has written articles about second language acquisition and English language learners for the Missouri Reader, HEC-TV Magazine, and the Classroom Connections blog. She has served on the Mid-TESOL board as a historian, and Missouri Member-at-Large and has presented at the Missouri Federal Programs Conference, Mid-TESOL, METC, Cambio de Colores, and MELL conferences.

Eva Corona

WIDA EspanolEva Corona

Spanish Language Development Facilitator

In her 17 years of experience in public schools in Chicago, Eva has worked as a bilingual classroom teacher, reading interventionist, and bilingual program coordinator at the elementary level.

In 2012, she co-founded Son y Arte, a Spanish summer immersion program to support parents and families to maintain the Spanish language through a curriculum infused with art, music, and language. Currently, Eva works as a bilingual program coordinator supporting teachers with professional development workshops in bilingual children’s instruction equipping them with tools to help their students in their linguistic and academic development. She is a fan of Chicano/Latinx children’s literature and works with her colleagues to infuse the curriculum with history, culture and social justice.

Eva has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Language, Literacy and Learning both from the University of Illinois at Chicago with English as a Second Language, Bilingual Education, Reading Teacher, and Literacy Specialist endorsements.

She has recently joined the WIDA Español team as a consultant. Her focus at WIDA is to bring WIDA’s Spanish Language Development Standards to life in the classroom.

En español

Ayanna Cooper

Ayanna Cooper

English Language Development Facilitator

Ayanna Cooper, Ed.D. is an educator, keynote speaker, author and advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. She is a co-author of Evaluating ALL teachers of English learners and students with disabilities: Supporting great teachingand has contributed to a number of blogs and publications including Colorin Colorado Common Core Blog, Language Magazine and to WIDA’s Essential Actions Handbook, specifically Action #13. She has held positions as ELL Instructional Coach, Urban Teacher Ed. Supervisor, Assistant Professor, ELL/Title III Director and ESL/ Bilingual Ed. Program Specialist. In 2016, International TESOL recognized her as one of its 30 Up & Coming TESOL Professionals. As the owner of ACooper Consulting she supports her clients nationwide with the primary goals of improving outcomes for students, supporting their teachers and administrators.

Jessica Costa

Jessica Costa

English Language Development Facilitator

Dr. Jessica Costa dedicates her professional time to supporting equitable instruction for ELs as a State Specialist. She provides leadership and technical assistance that promotes high-quality instruction. She is coming from over 5 years of facilitating and designing professional learning at a national level with WIDA, and a decade of teaching ESL and Spanish in schools prior to that. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a focus on Socially Just Leadership Preparation from ODU, and currently holds National Board Teaching Certification in Teaching English as a New Language.

Anne Dolan

Anne Dolan

English Language Development Facilitator

After her tenure as ESL, Bilingual Special Education teacher, Title Vll Administrator and ESL Specialist for the Boston Public Schools, Anne Dolan joined the Professional Learning Team of MATSOL: Massachusetts Educators of English Language Learners, to focus her experience and expertise on supporting teachers and leaders with their roles in instruction, curriculum, assessment and leadership related to ELLs. Anne designs and implements professional development initiatives that are tailored to district needs and also supports a range of educator collaboration groups in MATSOL, the annual conference, and strategic planning for professional development capacity.Anne is a highly skilled and sought after licensed WCEPS/WIDA Trainer. She is responsive to the multiple entry points in learning about English language learners, and to the different educator roles and needs. Anne is also part of WIDA’s Master Cadre of instructors supporting early childhood and PK teachers with Early ELD Standards for 2.5-5.5 year olds. Anne’s hallmark is modeling and engaging participants with effective strategies and practices for ELLS in her coursework. You can be confident that her WCEPS WIDA presentations will be thoughtfully and responsively designed with great pacing, time for reflection and practical application.

Boni-Esther Enquist

Boni-Esther Enquist

English Language Development Facilitator

Boni-esther holds a Master’s degree in Teaching ESL and in Educational Leadership and Administration. She has taught Spanish, ESL, bilingual education, and has been an ELL program director. She is a Six Standards of Effective Pedagogy coach and course instructor working with Math and Literacy coaches who support classrooms with ELLs. She was the pilot instructor selected to offer the Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement course currently being offered to over 30,000 Massachusetts content educators. With years of experience in program, course, professional and curriculum development, Boni-esther is expert at integrating language and content standards, and addressing the wide range of WIDA implementation needs with different audiences. Most recently Boni-esther completed the WIDA E-ELD Standards Master Cadre for instructors and is part of the MATSOL team working in partnership with the Department of Early Education and Care, focused on E-ELD standards for young Dual Language Learners in Massachusetts.

John Hilliard

WIDA EspanolJohn Hilliard

Spanish Language Development Facilitator

John Hilliard’s professional career has spanned a range of roles from an award-winning bilingual teacher, to a university instructor providing teachers with strong research-based foundations in the field of language minority education, to his current position as a national professional developer recognized for his innovative approaches. He was raised in a dual language, multicultural household and credits his parents with instilling his love of languages, art and education.

John has focused on developing programs and approaches that effectively integrate technology for language and content learning. He is especially interested in protocols to support innovation in teaching and learning and the development of multilingual and multicultural instructional curriculum. Through his current role as the President and Founder of Paridad Education Consulting, John is pushing himself and others to look beyond traditional confines of the classroom to expand the possibilities of personal and professional learning.

En español

Susana Ibarra Johnson

WIDA EspanolSusana Ibarra Johnson

Spanish Language Development Facilitator

Dr. Susana Ibarra Johnson is a former bilingual education teacher. Her understanding and devotion reach beyond her academic preparation to her own experience of being a bilingual learner. She has been a professional development specialist and associate researcher for WIDA. Most recently was Director of Bilingual Multicultural Education at Bernalillo Public Schools. She is an adjunct professor at The University of New Mexico.

Susana’s currently is a Biliteracy Specialist for Albuquerque Public Schools where she supports teachers in developing biliteracy curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Her current research focuses on biliteracy in a translanguaging classroom where bilingual students leverage their bilingualism for learning.

En español

Babatunji Ifarinu

Babatunji Ifarinu

English Language Development Facilitator

Babatunji Ifarinu has been working with a wide variety of students since 1997. He was formerly a sheltered social studies teacher in which he delivered instruction to immigrant and refugee students. Babatunji (Tunji) graduated from Florida A & M University with an undergraduate degree in History and Geography. He earned a M.Ed at Georgia State University in Educational Leadership and Supervision.

He was also an ESOL Academic Data Coach at a Middle School that has a student population that is more than a third English language learners. In this position he provided support with content delivery, data collection, and developed an instructional plan called “Planning To S.W.I.R.L.” focusing on teaching using the WIDA standards, language domains, and the can do philosophy. While working in this position he also worked as a School Improvement team member where the instructional plan was adopted as a school wide initiative.

As an ELL Success Facilitator in the largest and most diverse school district in Georgia, he has facilitated workshops to improve instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse students. His workshops and seminars have been delivered at the district level and at local schools.

Amy Lacher

Amy Lacher

English Language Development Facilitator

Amy is a veteran educator with over 30 years of experience working at the school, district, and state levels to support language learners and promote culturally and linguistically diverse students. Beginning as a high school Spanish teacher and high school Advanced Placement Coordinator, her career then developed focus upon dual language learners, serving as a Consultant in the Fairfax County, Virginia Public Schools’ initial Partial Immersion program.

Prior to working at the Georgia Department of Education, she was selected as a member of a small cadre of district-wide professional learning trainers to facilitate sustained, high-quality professional learning opportunities for teachers and administrators, in K-12 curriculum focusing on support for English Learners, in Georgia’s second largest school district.

Amy was employed as a Program Specialist for the ESOL and Title III Unit at the Georgia Department of Education from 2008 through 2016, with duties and responsibilities that included managing the Georgia Statewide Title III Consortium and serving as an advocate for high- quality educational support for students, teachers, and administrators in the statewide group of 90+LEAS with low- incidence EL populations. She designed and implemented professional learning opportunities for the Consortium focused on meaningful, interactive instructional support for ESOL and mainstream teachers and school and district level administration. She organized an annual Consortium conference for member district ESOL Directors and ESOL teachers featuring nationally recognized presenters.

Amy is a former member of the GaDOE Literacy Committee, and is a former GaDOE liaision to the GATESOL Executive Board. She is a current member of TESOL, GATESOL, and ASCD. She presents in local, regional, and national conferences.

David Nieto

WIDA EspanolDavid Nieto

Spanish Language Development Facilitator

David Nieto is an Assistant Research Professor and Executive Director of the Bueno Center for Multicultural Education in the School of Education at the University of Colorado-Boulder. In his role at BUENO, David leads the strategic impetus, determines the research agenda, and directs all activities to fulfill the mission and vision of the Center.

David’s research focuses on the areas of education policy, language, and equity. In particular, he is interested in policies and practices that shape the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students. In addition, he is interested in teacher preparation and leadership in diverse settings, bilingual education, English language development, and language policy in education. Prior to joining BUENO, David was the Division Administrator for English language learning at the Illinois State Board of Education. David holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and M.A. in Applied Linguistics, both from the University of Massachusetts.

En español

Ellen Parkhurst

Ellen Parkhurst

English Language Development Facilitator

Ellen Parkhust has been working with educators for the past ten years, providing professional development focusing on WIDA’s Standards and Assessments. She also recently joined the team at Confianza as a coach. She loves working with teachers and learning from them as well as sharing her own expertise. Before becoming a consultant for the WIDA Consortium and Confianza, Ellen worked at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) on the original test development team for ACCESS for ELLs. She has also served as a teaching assistant for the WIDA Item Writing online course, and a test administrator and monitor for the DC Public Schools. Ellen’s classroom experience includes three years as a public elementary school ESL teacher in Raleigh, North Carolina, and one year as private English as a foreign language tutor in Bilbao, Spain. She holds a B.A. in English and Elementary Education, and a Master’s in Education with a focus on curriculum and instruction and ESL.

Carlos Perez

WIDA EspanolCarlos Perez

Spanish Language Development Facilitator

Carlos earned his first teaching degree at an early age. As a 17 year old high school student in Mexico City he obtained his first ESL teaching certificate from the Instituto Anglo Mexicano de Cultura. While studying and living in Mexico, he became keenly of aware of the inequities and injustices in public education. He is grateful to his parents for their determination to provide him with the bilingual and bicultural experience to live a study in Mexico during his early development. It has provided him with a strong foundation for his personal and professional life.

In the United States, Carlos advocated in his district to establish Summit’s Dual Language program through contact with parents and other stake holders. At Summit, dual language students have done exceedingly well compared their monolingual peers in both math and reading. He has served in diverse positions from resource teacher, self-contained 5th grade teacher to Lead Technology instructor coaching teachers how to integrate technology into the curriculum. At his district, he lead and established the first RAC (Reading Action Committee) starting his district’s first family literacy program.

Carlos has been committed to teacher education for over ten years, serving as an adjunct professor to guide teachers in their bilingual and ESL certification for the Illinois Resource Center and National Louis University.

Currently Carlos is on sabbatical from his district working on continuing his and education, consulting and presenting in districts throughout Illinois.

En español

Kelly Reider

Kelly Reider

English Language Development Facilitator

Kelly has 25 years of experience in public education settings (MD, PA, VA, NC) including consultant, ESL program coordinator, school administrator, instructional specialist, & teacher. Kelly is the founder of English Learner Portal. She is a WIDA Licensed Consultant and a recipient of the TESOL ELT Leadership Management Certificate. She provides consulting and professional development services in meeting the needs of English learners across the curriculum, early literacy & language development, program evaluation, curriculum development, & long range program planning. Kelly holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Development & certification in Elementary Education, Spanish, ESOL, & Administration.

Danielle Salto

WIDA EspanolDanielle Salto

Spanish Language Development Facilitator

Danielle Salto is passionate about her work with emerging bilinguals, and the instructional leaders who support them. In the classroom, Danielle has elementary and middle school experience in the areas of ESL, bilingual, and Dual Language Education.

Out of the classroom, she has enjoyed positions in the areas of EL instructional coaching, program coordination, and both school and district-level administration. Danielle’s diverse experiences in public education have given her an expertise in the areas of instructional and curricular design, for emerging bilingual, as well as programmatic design and development.

Currently, Danielle is employed as an Associate with Paridad Education Consulting. Danielle consults with a variety of districts in the Chicago-land area, supporting teachers and administrators as they strive to provide the most equitable educational opportunities for language learners.

She holds a B.A. in International Studies, a Master’s of Arts in Elementary Education, and a Master’s of Arts in Organization and Institutional Leadership. She is licensed in Elementary Education, Middle School Education, Spanish, Social Studies, Bilingual Education, ESL, and Administration.

En español

Wilma Valero

WIDA EspanolWilma Valero

Spanish Language Development Facilitator

Wilma Valero served as director of the ELL Program for School District U-46 which is the second largest pre-k – 12 district in Illinois.  It is within the comprehensive lens of culturally and linguistically responsive instruction that Wilma, in collaboration with teachers, is given to the task of designing thematic units from kindergarten through sixth grade that integrate in an organic manner the relevance and rigor of language and content.

Her educational vision revolves and focuses on students within an environment of social and academic relevance.  This is complemented by expectations of rigor of language and content standards that ensure the student’s successful role in this global society.  Under her leadership, one of the most ambitious and successful transition at the national level of the Bilingual Program to the 80:20 Dual Language Program took place.

In 2012, the organization CABE awarded Wilma the prize Promoting Bilingualism District of Distinction for her strong commitment to promoting bilingualism. Wilma is a firm believer that success occurs every day in our schools when teachers are valued with a relevant support infrastructure that sees emerging bilingual students as their greatest strength. Under this premise Wilma implemented, in U-46, the Dual Language Academy, a forum of teachers, for teachers; all collaborating in the development of fairness and social justice in the journey of the teaching and learning process.

Wilma has master’s degrees in Elementary Education and in School Administration and Supervision. She also has endorsements from the state of Illinois in bilingual education and English as a Second Language.

En español

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