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.


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.


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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. 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

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.