An active contributor in the ESL community, Dr. Katie Welch currently serves as Past-President of TexTESOLV, an affiliate of TESOL International that serves the Dallas-Fort Worth region of Texas. She led the Board of Directors as conference chair of the 2018 state conference and has presented at numerous conferences nationwide. Katie has amassed a lengthy dossier in preparing ESL teachers for both adult and K-12 classrooms, most recently completing seven years at the Emerging Teacher Institute at UNTDallas. Katie holds a B.A. in Spanish from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Dr. MaryLynn Patton is currently the President of TexTESOL V. She holds an Ed.D. in TESOL from Alliant International University in San Diego, an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She is a member of the ESOL faculty at El Centro in downtown Dallas and an adjunct professor in linguistics at UNT Dallas. She has also taught online courses in linguistics and TESOL methodology for students who are getting a teaching license or a Master’s in Education. Dr. Patton’s work specializes in curriculum development, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, teacher training, professional development, and most recently diversity and inclusion. She strives to stay abreast of recent research and technology use, as well as presenting her findings at local, state, and international conferences. She is an active TESOL member and site reviewer for accreditation. She hopes to use her experience and time to help TexTESOL V offer more opportunities for their members to engage more and create stronger relationships among members.
Dr. Jey Venkatesan has served on the TexTESOL V Board as the Publications Copy Coordinator and a reviewer for the online TexELT Journal for several years. She has also been the liaison between TexTESOL V and its sister affiliate, Yakut TESOL. As part of the partnership alliance, she taught in Yakut, Russia, in the summer of 2011 and has promoted the partnership through annual presentations at TexTESOL V regional conference. Jey is an active TESOL member and has represented TexTESOL V in the affiliate assembly and editors’ workshop. She has also presented at the local and international conferences. As a conference chair, she is looking forward to the challenge of organizing the 2021 TexTESOL V Virtual Regional Conference! She has been with the Collin College ESL Department for sixteen years as a Professor of ESL and currently serves as the ESL Discipline Lead. Jey holds a Ph.D. in Humanities with a concentration in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Sarah Guedry serves secondary teachers and students in Lewisville ISD as an ESL Coordinator. Her Bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University and Master’s degree from Dallas Baptist University were both focused on Bilingual Education. Sarah has worked with a wide range of English learners over the past 15 years. During the school year she works primarily with teachers, providing coaching and training in Sheltered Instruction strategies. Every summer she coordinates enrichment opportunities for English Learners through STEM and inquiry projects in Lewisville ISD’s SOAR Academy for English Learners. Addicted to learning, she has attended and presented at many local and state conferences and is excited to continue learning and sharing with TexTESOL V.
Dr. Na-Li Kim has been teaching for 7 years at the English Language Institute (ELI), part of the Department of Linguistics & TESOL at The University of Texas at Arlington. She received her B.A. in International Studies-Economics from the University of California San Diego and her M.A. in TESL with a concentration in Digital Media and Learning from the University of San Francisco. She recently received her Ed.D. in Higher Education from Southern Methodist University. She has taught in ELI’s Intensive English Program, trained international teaching assistants, and taught for UTA and SMU’s first-year-writing programs. She hopes to combine her interest in TESOL education and passion for Higher Education as she continues her academic research and career.
Elementary Education Representative
Veronica Law currently serves as the Bilingual/World Languages Coordinator in Northwest ISD. She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas, an M.Ed. in Bilingual Education from Dallas Baptist University and a Principal Certification from the University of North Texas. Veronica also holds a Reading Recovery Certificate from Texas Woman’s University. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Principal Certification Award from the University of North Texas and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Dallas Baptist University. With almost 30 years in education, focusing on English learners and their cognitive, affective and linguistic needs, Veronica has served as an ESL Teacher, Language Acquisition Specialist, and World Languages Instructional Coach. In her current role as coordinator, Veronica directs the LOTE, ESL, and Bilingual Programs in Northwest ISD. Veronica seeks to build efficacy in all teachers of English learners and provides professional learning opportunities at conferences throughout Texas. She is a passionate advocate for second language learners and is dedicated to providing guidance and leadership in second language teaching.
Secondary Education Representative
Terri Watson serves as the ESL Instructional Coordinator 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.
Higher Education / Adult Education Representative
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 and a Master of Arts in Christian Education with an emphasis in Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is currently 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.
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.
Member at Large Representative
Dr. Jessica C. Salazar is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas Wesleyan University. She holds a B.A. in Bilingual Education, a Master’s of Reading, and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Wesleyan University. Dr. Salazar helped advocate for and teach English Learners in public education for more than 20 years, serving as a district Bilingual/ESL Instructional Coach, a Title Reading Specialist, a Bilingual Teacher, and a Bilingual Teacher Assistant. She currently teaches Preservice Bilingual and ESL Education Teachers and supervises clinical teachers in local school districts. Dr. Salazar has presented at many local, state, and national conferences.
Tanya Warren has been in education for almost 20 years. Throughout her educational career she has worked with English Learners. She started in 2000 working at the International Newcomer Academy (INA) in Fort Worth, Texas teaching reading to recent arrivals. During her 16- year tenure at the INA, she taught reading, ESL, and Integrated Chemistry and Physics. She served as a Lead Content Teacher in Science, the Science Department Chair, and a content coach. In 2012, she apprenticed to become a Professional Developer for Quality Teaching for English Learners and created professional learning sessions for her campus and the district. She has been in her current position as a Secondary ESL specialist at FWISD for almost four years. Her role is to develop professional learning sessions for teachers and administrators, support high school campuses in addressing the needs of English Learners, and writing curriculum to support students in their science classes. She also works as a consultant for Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) presenting their Science Institute for districts in Texas, California, and Pennsylvania. Ms. Warren has presented at numerous conferences. Before moving to Fort Worth, she lived in various states and had careers in publishing, foodservice and medicine before finding her place in education.
Dr. Shelby Miller graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce with a Ph.D. in English (focus Applied Linguistics). Her studies have primarily centered around psycholinguistics and TESOL. Shelby also holds a master’s degree in Higher Education-Administration and a bachelor’s in both Psychology and Business Administration. She has a wide network of university graduate programs developed during her employment as a higher education recruiter, including recruiting for TAMUC’s Applied Linguistics – TESOL program. As a technology coordinator, Shelby brings to the board a wealth of experience in website development and management.
Dr. Deyoe-Chiullán has taught bilingual students of all ages in the U.S. and Colombia for over forty years. Currently, she teaches graduate online courses for the American College of Education. She has recently written online doctoral courses in linguistics and second language methods for ACE. Her scholarly efforts focus on preparing qualified bilingual and ESL teachers. Her most recent publication was entitled “Teaching Children with Separation Trauma,” an editorial, in TexELT: Texas English Language Teaching, 7(1), 41-45. She is pleased to announce that Volume 7 of Texas English Language Teaching (TexELT), which she edits under the sponsorship of the TexTESOL V Board, where she serves as Publications Coordinator, has just published.
Publications Copy Coordinator
Lana Sloan, Ed.D., is the assistant provost of Curriculum Production Services at the American College of Education (ACE). In her current role, she works directly with faculty leadership to develop ACE’s course offerings and oversees the creation of the courses in the learning management system. She has worked in curriculum development and course production at ACE since the college’s founding in 2005. A career educator and award-winning journalist, Sloan received both Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of North Texas-Denton. She also holds an endorsement in talented and gifted education, principal and teacher licensure, and ESL certification in Texas.