TexTESOL V Regional Conference
Virtual - February 5th, 2022
Registration is open!
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.
Keynote address by Dr. Kate Seltzer,
Speaker Panel on a Multilingual View of the ESL/ESOL Classroom
Poster Session featuring the latest research-based practices.
Panel: A Multilingual View of the ESL/ESOL Classroom
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 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 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. Holly was a first-year teacher of the year award winner on her high school campus, and in 2016, Holly was awarded the High School Teacher of the Year award for the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts. As a teacher and advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse students, Holly is committed to advocating for educators to view linguistically diverse learners through an asset lens, and she believes we should leverage students’ cultures and lived experiences in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, Holly is involved in refugee and immigrant people’s lives through her father’s gardening project in which he grows fresh food with the Chin community in his garden. She also enjoys attending former students’ family, cultural, and religious events with her daughter.
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 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.