Myrna Rasmussen, M.Ed.

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NABE Central Region Representativerasmussenmyrna@yahoo.com Myrna’s energy, dedication and great people skills has given her the opportunity to collaborate in many areas of the Bilingual/Dual Language & ESL education field. Myrna is very passionate when it comes to providing the best education to all bilingual learners. She understands the importanceof both knowledge and language as a form of empowerment for students. Her appreciation of different cultures, relationships, and communities is her strength, and it helps embolden her leadership and advocacy. Throughout her career, she has worked diligently to successfully servebilingual students at several Title I campuses in different school districts. During … Continued

Santiago V. Wood, Ed.D.

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NABE Executive Director mailto:drsantiagow@gmail.com Dr. Santiago Wood is the Executive Director of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) in Washington, DC. NABE is the only national professional organization devoted to representing Bilingual and Dual Language Learners and Bilingual Education professionals. NABE has affiliates in 20 states and collectively works with many education, public, business, parents and corporate partners to represent Bilingual and Dual Language Learners (ELL), teachers, parents, paraprofessionals, administrators, professors, advocates, researchers, policy makers, and 18 special interest Groups (SIG’s); focusing on effective research and practice related to bilingual education.Dr. Santiago Wood earned his doctorate degree, with distinction, … Continued

Nilda M. Aguirre, Ed.S

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NABE Deputy Executive Director mailto:conference.nabe@gmail.com Ms. Aguirre is currently the Deputy Executive Director for the NationalAssociation for Bilingual Education (2011-2016). She holds an EducationSpecialist Degree in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Development, aMaster’s Degree in Special Education, Gifted and Talented, and is certified inESOL, Multicultural Studies, Diversity, and Spanish.Currently, she has her own consulting practice and designs professionaldevelopment and coaching models that incorporate Best Practices from the fieldof Gifted Education, Dual Language, and ESL. Nilda has designed professionaldevelopment programs for school systems in the US and Europe. She was theNational Director for Project GOTCHA©, a Title VII, Academic ExcellenceProgram awarded by … Continued

Margarita P. Pinkos, Ed.D. Eastern Region Representative

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NABE Eastern Region Representative margarita.pinkos@palmbeachschools.org Margarita Pinkos currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for Global Education and Community Outreach in the School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC), Florida. The SDPBC is currently the 11th largest public school system in the United States serving over 190,000 students, of which, 30,000 are English language learners. Her 30-year career has been dedicated to building the capacity of students and families, and the educators who serve them. Dr. Pinkos’ professional journey started in 1984 as an elementary school teacher and includes service as a school principal and district-level executive. One career distinction is her … Continued

Judith M. Sauri NABE Treasurer

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NABE Treasurer jmsauri@cps.edu Judith M. Sauri (Judy) served as Principal of Richard Edwards Dual Language Fine and Performing Arts International Baccalaureate (IB) School from 2005 to 2020. Edwards serves over 1,0550 students; 95% are of Latino heritage. During the 25 years that Judy has served in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), she has worn many hats: Bilingual Teacher, Assistant Principal, After- School Coordinator, Curriculum Design Team Member, ESL Resource Teacher, Bilingual Lead Teacher, presenter and staff development liaison, Dean of Students, Disciplinarian, Programmer and Schedule Coordinator, Parent Coordinator, and grant writer; just to name a few. Her transformational leadership skills have … Continued

Sonia W. Soltero, Ph.D.

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NABE Central Region Representative SSOLTERO@depaul.edu Sonia W. Soltero is Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership, Language, and Curriculum, former Director of the Bilingual-Bicultural Education Graduate Program at DePaul University in Chicago, and former bilingual and dual language teacher and program coordinator. Soltero has numerous publications on dual language, bilingual education and Latino education, including her more recent books: Dual Language Education: Program Design and Implementation and School-Wide Approaches to Educating English Language Learners. She has been involved in dual language and bilingual education for more than thirty years as a dual language teacher, university professor, professional developer, and … Continued

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