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ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement - Faculty

Janice Bahns, MAT, is retired from Tillamook School District where she served as director of curriculum and assessment. She has over 30 years of combined experience as an administrator and elementary teacher, including development and supervision of programs and services for ELL students.

Lisa Blount, MS, is an ESOL teacher on special assignment with Portland Public Schools, serving as a trainer and liaison/coach for ESOL and classroom teachers working with English language learners. She is a certified trainer for GLAD, SIOP, and A Focused Approach to Systematic Language Development. She also holds an ESOL endorsement and an administrative credential. She has over 10 years of experience supporting ELL students and teachers working to improve instruction for these students.

B. Lynn Coupland, MS, has served for several years as a Portland State supervisor for ESOL practicum and Special Education student teaching. Prior to joining Portland State, she enjoyed a two-year special assignment in Japan where she developed an ESOL program for elementary schools. Ms. Coupland was the director of student support services for the Kootenay-Columbia School District in British Columbia prior to retirement from that position in 2000. Her responsibilities included all facets of ESOL, special education, aboriginal education, and district student discipline. She has worked with English language learners as a special education teacher, principal, and director.

Kelly Cutler, MEd, is currently a doctoral student and graduate assistant in the Curriculum & Instruction department of the Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining Portland State, she taught special education and general education in the David Douglas School District for twelve years. She has been trained in GLAD and A Focused Approach to Systematic Language Development and has experience, strategies, and knowledge from working directly with English Language Learners and culturally and linguistically diverse student populations.

James Gambrell, MEd, is currently a doctoral candidate and has been a practicing educator since 2000 at the secondary and post-secondary level and has created innovative social justice-related positions and classes within systems that overlooked, and often disregarded, social justice-oriented positions. As faculty at Portland State University, James teaches several foundational courses for newly enrolled elementary and secondary cohorts in the initial licensure program, teaching culturally and linguistically responsive practices. His research concentrates on ally-building for underserved, under-represented, and under-privileged populations within classrooms, schools, and the community.

Marcia LaDuke, MS, recently retired from Hood River County School District where she served as Assistant Superintendent for curriculum, instruction, and special programs. She has nearly 30 years of education experience, including teaching in general and special education, and as a reading specialist. Her recent administrative duties included managing ELL and special education programs for the district, and developing a Spanish/English dual emersion charter school. She has also taught at the community college level for 10 years.

Frances Portillo, MEd, is a national and international consultant and trainer with over 25 years of experience as an interculturalist. She holds a degree in bilingual/bi-cultural education from University of Washington. Ms. Portillo’s areas of expertise include cross-cultural communication, conflict management with an emphasis on cross-cultural conflict, and team building across cultures. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Interculturalist Award for Achievement from the International Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research.

Marge Terdal, PhD, is professor emeritus in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Portland State where she taught various courses in the TESOL Certificate and MA TESOL programs as well as supervising ESOL teacher trainees. Her doctorate is in curriculum and instruction. Dr. Terdal served on the program advisory committee that established the ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement Program and continues in the role of faculty liaison between the program and the Department of Applied Linguistics. She also serves on the program’s portfolio review committee.

Katie Toppel, EdD, is a Kindergarten teacher in the Tigard Tualatin School District and has been working in the field since 2003 including working with migrant students in a bilingual Head Start program, teaching First Grade and Kindergarten, and also working as a K-12 Support Services teacher at an international school in Germany. Dr. Toppel has endorsements in both English as a Second Language and Special Education. She earned her doctorate from Portland State University in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on culturally responsive instruction. Dr. Toppel has written several publications about culturally responsive instruction and teaching with technology and has presented her work at several national and international teaching conferences.