Board of Directors
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 Representatives
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION REPRESENTATIVE
Veronica Law currently serves as the Director of World Languages in Richardson 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. Veronica has served as an ESL Teacher, Language Acquisition Specialist, World Languages Instructional Coach, and Coordinator. Veronica is a passionate advocate for multilingual students, and is dedicated to providing guidance and leadership in second language pedagogy.
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
Cynthia Kilpatrick is a long-time ESL teacher and TESOL trainer who has taught ESL in Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, Texas, and California. She is currently a TEXtrainer for Literacy ConneXus and faculty in Linguistics and TESOL at The University of Texas at Arlington, where she also directs the English Language Institute.
STEPHANIE DE LUNA
Stephanie DeLuna has been a Professional Development Specialist with the Bilingual ESL Department in Dallas ISD and an adjunct at Dallas College. She has been an instructional coach for 10 years serving teachers of Emergent Bilingual students. She has also worked with TELPAS administration and is a conference speaker on topics such as Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Stephanie DeLuna is a passionate educator and advocate for English Learners.
Sue Hurt is currently a Senior Education Consultant for Yacovodonato Educational Consulting. 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!”
Coming soon……Chastity Marquez Lopez is currently an Elementary Data Analyst in Fort Worth ISD. She has been a K-12 educator in North Texas for over two decades. Her career began in 1999 as a Kindergarten Dual Language teacher in Dallas ISD. While in Dallas, she obtained additional certifications: K-12 Master Reading Teacher and EC-12 Principal. Additionally, Chastity was an Assistant Principal Intern in Irving ISD. She has also served as an ELAR/ESL Instructional Coach and a Program Manager for a Department of Education Literacy Grant at Texans Can Academies. Throughout her career, Chastity has always been passionate in her work with students who are learning English as their second language. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Austin College with an emphasis in Psychology and a Master’s degree from the University of North Texas with an emphasis in Educational Administration..
Dr. Peggy Semingson is an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics and TESOL at The University of Texas at Arlington where she teaches practitioner-focused courses in TESOL Education at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her Ph.D. is in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Language and Literacy Studies from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008. She has been an elementary bilingual/ESL classroom teacher, bilingual reading intervention specialist, and teacher educator. Her current research interests include digital pedagogies, media-based learning, students who face challenges in literacy, online learning, and remote/virtual ESL teaching and learning. She has an active YouTube channel with learning and teaching videos that are open access.
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, 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.