Past-President- Amie Sarker

Dr. Amie Sarker is an Associate Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Dallas. Amie completed a Ph.D. in Literacy Studies and Linguistics at the University of North Texas, an M.Ed. at the University of Texas at Arlington, and a B.A. in Elementary Education at Dallas Baptist University. She spent several years teaching ESL and serving as a literacy strategist in Texas public schools, and she has taught English as a foreign language in South Korea and Taiwan.  Amie is passionate about affirming and developing the competencies of English language learners and their teachers, both in the U.S. and abroad.

President- Terri Watson

Terri serves as the ESL Instructional Specialist for the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw I.S.D. Previously, she was an ESL teacher and reading interventionist at the middle school level. In her current role, she provides professional development and instructional support for K-12 teachers of ELLs. Her work with teachers includes incorporating ELPS and language instruction into content areas as well as building academic language. Terri holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington with a focus on reading and ESL.

President-Elect Katie Welch

Katie Welch, Ph.D., is Lecturer of linguistics in the School of Education at the University of North Texas-Dallas. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington. Many of the students Dr. Welch works with at the university are themselves ELLs who then go on to become bilingual or ESL certified teachers. The courses she teaches pertain directly to linguistics, language acquisition, and ESL instructional methods. Dr. Welch also spent over a decade in the publishing industry and hopes to help Tex-TESOLV continue to build strong partnerships with publishers and other advertising partners.

Treasurer - Cindy Brennan

Cindy’s passion is working with English Language Learners and their families. She has taught ESL classes for all ages from Pre-Kindergarten through adults. Her current position is as an instructional specialist for the Department of World Languages in Arlington ISD, where she supports teachers and students at secondary campuses. She is also an adjunct professor at Texas Wesleyan University. Cindy can often be found making presentations for school district professional learning and is a frequent presenter at local, state, and national conferences. She has been  involved with TESOL on all levels, including being a former president of TexTESOLV and serving as co-chair for the TESOL international conference in 2013.

Member at Large Representative - Marie Heath

Marie has dedicated her career to working with students of all ages to support the acquisition of language and culture for students new to the country. For the past 16 years, she has worked in public education with elementary to high school aged students and with adults at local community colleges and was employed with a teacher preparation program helping to prepare future teachers by equipping them with the necessary skills to work with second language learners.  Currently, she is the ESL coordinator for Plano ISD. Prior to assuming an administrative role with Plano ISD, she worked as a specialist helping to support teachers with effective practices leading towards student success. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of North Texas and is currently working on a doctorate degree at Texas A&M Commerce. She has presented at numerous local and state organizations and has published in The National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Advocacy Representative- Liz Martin

Liz Martin has been working in the field of bilingual education since 1971.   She began her career as a bilingual paraprofessional while pursuing her bachelor’s degree at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. Then she moved to Grand Prairie and continued her work in Fort Worth ISD while attending Texas Wesleyan University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree and bilingual teacher certification. She taught bilingual 3rd grade in Grand Prairie ISD for ten years. She received her MLA with a Bilingual Concentration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, continued to work in Grand Prairie as a bilingual specialist, and then became the Bilingual/ ESL Program Director.  She retired in December 2011 after 33 years in GPISD.  Liz is an advocate for second language learners and has served on the TexTESOL Board as Secretary, Advocacy, Elementary, and Advertising Representative.

Secretary - Margie Wilson

Margie has worked at the International Newcomer Academy of Fort Worth ISD since 2006. She has served on the TexTESOL V Board as Secondary Education Representative where she served as Scholarship Chair. From 2015-16, she was Member-at-Large and Scholarship Chair, and now she will serve the Board as Secretary. To advocate for ELLs in 2013, Margie worked with a delegation of TexTESOL members in Washington, D.C. by speaking before U.S. Senators and Representatives at the TESOL International Advocacy Day and Summit.

Jayson Hammett - Technology Coordinator

Jayson Hammett is the Director of Program Manager for Project Education, a data management and consulting company based in Texas. His teaching experience includes a position as a World Languages Instructional Specialist for the Arlington Independent School District, teaching Spanish as a Second Language in Dallas and a writing teacher in Wylie, Lake Worth, and Arlington. As a Response to Intervention Facilitator, he supported teachers and students by establishing a standard for implementation and intervention across schools.

With a Masters of Education in Policy Studies, a Principal Certification, a Bachelor’s degree that focuses on Linguistics and Foreign Language Acquisition, and an Associate Degree in Interpreting for the Deaf, his passion for languages is apparent in all he does. His recent projects include a data analysis program that allows teachers to monitor students’ development in language proficiency while simultaneously comparing academic proficiency. He is honored to be a part of TexTESOL V, a wonderful organization set on providing the best for Language Learners of all ages.

Rita Deyoe-Chiullán - Publications Coordinator

Dr. Deyoe-Chiullán has taught bilingual students of all ages in the U.S. and Colombia over the past forty years. Currently she teaches undergraduate courses at Texas Woman’s University and graduate online courses for the American College of Education. Her scholarly efforts focus on preparing qualified bilingual and ESL teachers. Her most recent publication was entitled “What is language fossilization and why does it matter?” in English Language Learners in 21st Century Classrooms: Challenges and Expectations (Eds. M. Cowart & G. Anderson) [Fall 2012]. Rita’s most exciting current project has been developing and editing a peer-reviewed online journal, Texas English Language Teaching (TexELT), under the sponsorship of the TexTESOL V Board, where she serves as Publications Coordinator.

Jey Venkatesan - Publications Copy Coordinator

Dr. Venkatesan has taught English as a Second language and college composition in the U.S. and India for several years. Currently, she is a Professor of ESL at Collin College. She is also an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examiner. In 2011, she taught English in Yakut, Russia, as part of the TexTESOL V and Yakut TESOL partnership. She continues to faithfully contribute her excellent copy editing skills as the TexTESOL V Board’s Publications Copy Coordinator. Fortunately, she also agreed to serve as a reviewer for TexELT in addition to providing her copy editing skills at various levels of the publication process.

Advertising Representative - Marco Shappeck

Dr. Marco Shappeck is currently an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at the University of North Texas at Dallas. He specializes in Applied Linguistics, particularly the educational applications of sociolinguistics research in the teaching of English and Spanish as a second or foreign language. Within this field, he has expertise in language grammaticalization processes as well as general theories of language socialization and second language acquisition.  He has also conducted linguistic and ethnographic research in the Quechua-Spanish bilingual regions of the Andes and published research on the shift and maintenance that both languages have undergone as a result of their speakers’ contact with each other.

Elementary Education Representative - Claudia Venegas_Anderson

Claudia has been teaching in Abilene ISD since 1990, instructing Early Childhood through High School ESL/Bilingual students. Currently, she is an ESL educator for the Welcome Center at Clack Middle School, serving international and refugee students as they acclimate to American culture and learn English without losing their identity.  Claudia’s passion is to make a difference in her students’ success for their future destiny through literacy.  She aspires for them to graduate high school, enroll in higher learning, and become contributing citizens in today’s society.  Also, she has participated in Instructional Leadership courses and as a Literacy Family coordinator.  Claudia provides positive communication between her school, community, and the public.  Her Bachelor of Elementary Education is from Hardin-Simmons University, and her Master of Education is from Abilene Christian University.

Secondary Education Representative - Evita Medina

Evita Medina assumed her current position as coordinator and lead faculty of Richland College Teacher Preparation program in 2017. She is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and curriculum and instruction from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth and holds a master’s degree in bilingual education from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with bilingual/ESL specialization from Texas Woman’s University in Denton. She also holds principal certification with dual language emphasis from the University of Texas at Arlington. She served as an assistant principal in the Grand Prairie ISD for four years and as a bilingual/ESL instructional specialist with the Arlington ISD for three years.

She has taught as an adjunct professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and at the University of Texas at Arlington, as an instructor at Education Service Center 10 in Richardson, and as a public school teacher in the Dallas ISD for five years. Mrs. Medina is a member of the Texas Community College Teachers Association, the Texas Bilingual Education Association of the Metroplex (former vice president), and Kappa Delta Pi-International Honor Society in Education.

Higher Education/Adult Education Representative- Pearlie Lubin

Pearlie Lubin has taught CE ESL classes for a number of years at Mountain View College and now teaches Credit ESOL classes as well. She holds a B. A. in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from Florida International University, a Master of Arts in Christian Education with an emphasis in Leadership in from Dallas Theological Seminary and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education with an emphasis in TESOL from Texas A&M University. Her family is originally from Haiti, so she speaks Haitian Creole and French and is actively learning Spanish. She is presenting at the TexTESOL Fall Conference.

Member at large Representative- Mark Fischer

Mark Fischer is a Professor of ESL at Collin College in Plano, Texas. He holds a Masters of Education: TESOL from Shenandoah University and has been active in the field of ESL for over 15 years. Prior to coming to Collin College, he was involved in IEP administration and student advisement for several years at Augustana University and MSOE University. He enjoys providing cultural adjustment workshops and presenting on sociolinguistic topics for both students and faculty to help provide a positive student experience and bolster student retention. With over 9 years of experience teaching English in Japan, Mark has a passion for helping ELLs to overcome the linguistic and cultural obstacles of living and working in L2 environments.

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