Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the 2022 Regional Conference. We look forward to seeing you again next year in 2023 (date TBD). 

A full day of online workshops and demonstrations for in-service teachers, graduate students, administrators, researchers, and college professors. 

Virtual Exhibitor Hall where you can “meet” the publisher and educational vendors. Network with TexELT journal editors and reviewers.

Networking opportunities tailored to English Language professionals and interest section meet-ups.

Keynote, guest speaker panel, and a poster session featuring the latest research-based practices.

Conference Links

2022 Keynote

Dr. Kate Seltzer is an Assistant Professor of Bilingual and ESL Education at Rowan University whose overarching research goal is to help schools and teachers build on students’ rich language practices while also disrupting their own ideologies about these students and their ways of using language. A former high school English Language Arts teacher in New York City, Dr. Seltzer currently teaches pre- and in-service teachers of bilingual students. She is co-author of the book, The Translanguaging Classroom: Leveraging Student Bilingualism for Learning as well as book chapters and articles in journals such as English Education, Research in the Teaching of English, and TESOL Quarterly.


2022 Panel: A Multilingual View of the ESL/ESOL Classroom

Seth Ross

Seth is an ESL Language Arts and Social Studies Instructor at Denton High School in Denton, TX. He specializes in teaching Emergent Bilinguals, and creates a classroom that welcomes use of all languages and cultures and recognizes the genius that students bring with them. This is his 22nd year of teaching, and sees multilingual classrooms as a vehicle for excellence and achievement. He believes that Emergent Bilinguals are some of the most capable and determined students in our classrooms and should be celebrated for all of the capabilities and talents they bring to the classroom.

Yesenia McCleskey

Yesenia is an Assistant Principal at WS Ryan Elementary in Denton, Tx. It is a Prek-5 campus with a One way Dual language and ESL program. As a campus instructional leader she specializes in keeping her staff informed and educated in how to best serve all children including emergent bilingual students. This is her 16th year in education and believes as an educator you are always learning. Empowering our bilingual students to continue to grow in their cultural and biliterate identity in order to change the world!

Holly Genova

Holly Genova is a high school ESOL and Newcomer student advocate  in Lewisville, Texas. Holly is charged with working with marginalized students to develop English their first year in the United States, but Holly sees her work much differently than simply developing students’ English. Thus, she works diligently to ensure that her students build curiosity, stamina, and independence to be lifelong readers and writers. She has served in leadership positions in the North Texas Council for Teachers of English Language Arts and the North Star of Texas Writing Project, has been a member of NCTE since 2014 and in 2019 served on the NCTE nominating committee. 

Rebeca Olvera-Alfaro

Rebeca Olvera-Alfaro is a Secondary Dual Language/ESL Coach and Facilitator in Denton, TX. As a district leader, she advocates for students, teachers, and also parents in the district. She has the privilege of getting to expand the Dual Language program to ESL campuses and to support ESL teachers at the secondary level. She has 12 years of experience working with Emergent Bilinguals in Denton ISD. She is the proud mother to 3 Emergent Bilingual children who also attend school in Denton, TX. She believes in the beauty of empowerment that comes with centering the voices and diverse experiences  of Emergent Bilinguals.

Esmeralda Cartagena

Esmeralda Cartagena is an ESL Instructional Specialist for the Department of World Languages in Arlington ISD. A graduate of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico with a B.A. in Elementary Education/ESL and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in ESL. Esmeralda has 14 years of experience working with Emergent bilinguals in Puerto Rico, Chicago Public School, Irving ISD and Arlington ISD. She is currently attending Texas Woman’s University for a Masters in Reading. She has a wonderful and loving husband, a lovely daughter in college, and a son in high school.