Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

PEARLIE LUBIN

Pearlie Lubin teaches ESOL courses at Dallas College in Dallas, Texas. She is also a graduate teaching assistant for an educational leadership course at Dallas Theological Seminary. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Florida International University and a Master in
Christian Education with an emphasis in leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary. She received her master certificate in TESOL from Texas A & M University. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Higher Education with an emphasis in TESOL from Texas A&M University. Most recently, Pearlie was selected to serve as a U.S. State Department Virtual English Language Fellow in Costa Rica. She is teaching training courses to improve the communicative language ability of in-service teachers and enhance their teaching practices. Her family is originally from Haiti, so she speaks Haitian Creole and French and is actively learning Spanish. In her spare time, she likes to research food cultures and cook recipes which pique her gastronomic interest.

PRESIDENT-ELECT

SARAH GUEDRY

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.

PAST-PRESIDENT

JEY VENKATESAN

Dr. Jey Venkatesan is looking forward to another year of collaborating with the outstanding members of the TexTESOL V Board. She has served on the 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 presentations at the TexTESOL V annual regional conferences. Jey is an active TESOL member and has presented and represented TexTESOL V in the affiliate assembly and editors’ workshop. She has also presented at the local conferences and Collin College Faculty Development Conferences. She promotes ESL students’ learning and cultures outside the classroom by giving Study Skills Seminars and organizing an annual multicultural festival. She has been with the Collin College ESL Department for seventeen 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.

MEMBER-AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE

MARY PATTON

Dr. MaryLynn Patton 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 licenses 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.

TREASURER

KATIE WELCH

Katie Welch, Ph.D., is an active contributor in the ESL field, having served as President of TexTESOLV and as conference chair of the 2018 state TexTESOL conference. For two decades, Katie has taught and trained teachers in numerous settings, including K-12, adult, and higher education. She currently provides professional development to language educators through partnerships with a variety of institutions including the U.S. Department of State, Cambridge University Press, and several adult literacy organizations.

ADVOCACY

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.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION REPRESENTATIVE

VERONICA LAW

Veronica Law currently serves as the Bilingual/World Languages Coordinator in Northwest ISD.She holds a Principal Certification from the University of North Texas, an M.Ed. in Bilingual Education from Dallas Baptist University, and a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas. Veronica is the recipient of the Outstanding Principal Certification Award from the University of North Texas and Outstanding Alumnus Award from Dallas Baptist University. With 30 years in education, focusing on emergent bilingual students 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 capacity in all teachers of emergent bilingual students and provides professional learning opportunities at conferences throughout Texas. She is a passionate advocate for emergent bilingual students and is dedicated to providing guidance and leadership in second language pedagogy.

SECONDARY EDUCATION REPRESENTATIVE

TERRI WATSON

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

MANDY STEWART

Dr. Mandy Stewart is an associate professor at Texas Woman’s University in the Department of Literacy and Learning where she directs the Certificate of Biliteracy program and learns with pre- and in-service teachers. She is passionate about the bilingual and second language development of adolescents who are acquiring English as an additional language, focusing on the intersection of critical literacy and language research. Through the ELLevate! grant from the U.S. Department of Education, she works with high schools to improve the academic outcomes of emergent  bilingual students through a cross-disciplinary multilingual approach. Mandy is also the co-author of the practitioner-focused But Does This Work with English Learners? A Guide for ELA Teachers 6-12 as well as the critical research book Radicalizing Literacies and Languaging: A Framework toward Dismantling the Mono-mainstream Assumption.

SECRETARY

STEPHANIE DE LUNA

Coming soon…

MEMBERSHIP REPRESENTATIVE

SUE HURT

Sue Hurt has been a Texas educator for 27 years, and is currently serving as a Language Specialist in Birdville ISD in Fort Worth. After many years teaching Spanish, ESL, and English, she served as an ESL Specialist at Region 4 in Houston developing instructional materials for teachers of secondary ELs, and then was invited to join Pearson’s National SIOP Faculty for 10 years. As a Pearson SIOP Consultant, she provided sheltered instruction training for teachers, schools, and districts across the United States, from New York to Saipan. After obtaining her B.A. in English in Hawaii and studying Educational Administration for an M.A. from Lamar University, she received an M.A. from Texas A&M–Commerce in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. Sue is passionate about supporting and mentoring teachers of ELs, especially in secondary grades. Her motto is the same as Home Depot’s: “You can do it, I can help!”

ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE

KIRSTEN FOTI

Kirsten Foti currently serves as a tenth grade English teacher in Arlington I.S.D. and an adjunct instructor for pre-service teachers at Texas Woman’s University. Her prior experience includes seventeen years of teaching at the junior high level and serving as a mentor teacher for both high school and university education programs. She holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work and a Master’s of Teaching in Education, both from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Reading Education at Texas Woman’s University. Ms. Foti holds certifications as a reading specialist, as an ESL educator, and in English language arts grades 4-12. She has presented at numerous conferences throughout the state, sharing teaching strategies that benefit all learners.

TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR

DR. SHELBY MILLER

Dr. Shelby Miller is currently a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of North Texas at Dallas and graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2019 with a Ph.D. in English (focus Applied Linguistics). Her research interests include TESOL, psycholinguistics, personality theory, and ADA accessibility in higher education. Shelby also holds a master’s degree in Higher Education-Administration and a bachelor’s in both Psychology and Business Administration. As a technology coordinator, Shelby brings to the board a wealth of knowledge in website development and marketing from her 10+ years of experience in higher education student recruitment.

PUBLICATIONS COORDINATOR

RITA DEYOE-CHIULLAN

Dr. Deyoe-Chiullán has taught bilingual students of all ages in the U.S. and Colombia since 1968.  
She teaches graduate online courses for the American College of Education where she has written online masters and doctoral courses in linguistics, and she is Chair or Committee for ten doctoral dissertation writers. She was recently honored as Faculty Celebrity for 2019 at ACE. Her most recent publication was Deyoe-Chiullán, R. & Franke, J. with Kane, K., Catanzaro, R., & Filzer, P. (2020). “The Genius Course–A Dialog with Commentaries.” TexELT: Texas English Language Teaching, 9(1), 46-70. Volume 9 of Texas English Language Teaching (TexELT), which she edits under the sponsorship of the TexTESOL V Board, where she serves as Publications Coordinator,
published in September, 2020.

PUBLICATIONS COPY COORDINATOR

LANA SLOAN

Lana Sloan, Ed.D., is the assistant provost of Curriculum Production Services at 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.