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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.

Diane Berthoin-Hernandez, MA, is currently an elementary school principal in Canby School District, and previously served as the district’s ELL/migrant education coordinator. In addition to teaching for Portland State University, she has offered staff-development training in several districts and at conferences. Prior to her positions in Canby, Ms. Berthoin-Hernandez was the ESOL/migrant educator consultant for the Clackamas ESD. She has also been a high school Spanish teacher in California.

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.

Catherine Brown, MEd, is a nationally recognized consultant and trainer, and president of Accelerating Minds with Language, which offers professional development that provides teachers with the tools to excel in serving culturally and linguistically diverse students. Ms. Brown has worked with students and teachers in grades K-adult for over 20 years. She has experience teaching in public and private schools, in general education, bilingual, reading, English language acquisition and development K-12, sheltered instruction, content-based ELD, adult ESOL, and Spanish for native and non-native speakers. Currently she works as a featured national consultant with the Bureau of Education and Research (BER), is a frequent presenter at national conferences, consults with school districts throughout the United States, and serves as adjunct faculty for Portland State and Antioch Universities.

Petra Callin, MEd, is a high school vice-principal with Portland Public Schools (PPS).  Previously, she was an ESOL teacher on special assignment, consulting and supporting schools and teachers in developing and implementing appropriate programs and services for middle-level and high school English language learners. She also served as a middle school ESOL teacher and summer school principal for PPS. She is an approved SIOP trainer, has developed and conducted numerous district professional development offerings, has strong experience in ELL student assessment, and has been an adjunct instructor for Lewis & Clark College.

Catherine Collier, PhD, has more than 30 years of experience in cross-cultural education and is well-known for her work with special needs learners. She has several publications on assessment and instruction of culturally and linguistically diverse learners with learning and behavior problems. Dr. Collier was the director of Yup’ik bilingual teacher training for University of Alaska and the director of the Bilingual Special Education curriculum project at University of Colorado.

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.

Sandra Craig, BA, is recently retired from Portland Public Schools, where she served as an elementary and middle school ESOL instructor for over 15 years. She also participated in ESOL special projects for PPS, including serving as an oral language tester and on the state writing assessment rating team. Ms. Craig holds an Oregon ESOL endorsement.

Esperanza Culbertson, MA, is a high school ESOL teacher for Hood River School District and is nearing completion of her doctorate in applied linguistics. Ms. Culbertson is a native of the Philippines, where she worked in education for many years as an ESOL teacher, school administrator, trainer, and curriculum designer. She worked for one year as the deputy for instruction for International Social Services at the Regional Resettlement Training Center in Morong, Bataan, Philippines. Ms. Culbertson was one of the pioneers of the U.S. Department of State's PREP (Preparing Refugees for Elementary Program). She taught ESOL to refugees for three years and was promoted to teacher-supervisor. As director of general education of the Department of East Asia College of Information Technology, she helped college students evaluate their academic progress and plan improvements.

Liliana Heller-Mafrica, EdD, is a consultant to school districts and the Oregon Department of Education in the areas of research and development, program design and models, assessment, and evaluation of K-12 programs for English language learners. Previously she served as an Oregon School District ELL administrator and in California as an assistant principal, department chair, and high school Spanish and ESOL teacher.

Frank Hernandez, III, MS, is currently serving in an interim position as the first school administrator for the new Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) Early College Academy in Portland. Immediately prior to his retirement from positions in public K-12 education, Mr. Hernandez was the Migrant/ELL Coordinator for Northwest Regional ESD. His early career included more than 16 years as a history, health, and PE teacher, followed by 10 years as a middle school and high school assistant principal.

Erick Herrmann, MAT, is a bilingual elementary school teacher and English language development facilitator for the North Clackamas School District. He is an experienced ESOL teacher and teacher trainer, is GLAD and SIOP certified, and has provided beginning to advanced trainings for teachers within his school district and for other districts through Willamette ESD. He also serves as adjunct faculty to Lewis & Clark College's ESOL endorsement and MAT programs.

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.

Kathryn Long, MA, received her TESOL master's degree from the Department of Applied Linguistics at Portland State, where she also served as a graduate teaching assistant. She teaches English as a Second Language at Clackamas and Mt. Hood Community Colleges and for International Special Programs and the Intensive English Language Program at Portland State. She also serves as an adjunct instructor for Portland State’s Department of Applied Linguistics, teaching undergraduate courses in second language acquisition. She is serving as president of ORTESOL during 2007-08.

Yumiko Otsuki, MA/MS, has been an instructor of English and Japanese (K-adult) and has worked with cultural diversity for over 20 years. She has experience working with government agencies and the private sector in negotiation and communication training at the international level. She has served as adjunct faculty at Linfield College. Ms. Otsuki has worked with student teachers who taught adult immigrant ESOL learners, counseling and advising them in curriculum development and cultural implications. She has also worked with young parents with diverse backgrounds to improve their life skills and identity issues. Currently, Ms. Otsuki is pursuing a doctoral degree in bilingual teacher education at Portland State, and served as interim faculty advisor for the ESOL Endorsement Program during summer and fall 2006.

Heidi Owsley, MS, is associate professor and program chair of the department of humanities at Warner Pacific College. She has taught seminars and courses in American education history, ESOL skills at all levels, TOEFL preparation, cultural orientation, pronunciation, and gender issues at Warner Pacific College. As adjunct professor at Portland State University, she has also pursued doctoral studies. She was administrator and faculty for the Waseda-Oregon Joint Summer Program, a collaboration between Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, and Lewis & Clark College in Portland. She is a member of the TESOL, ORTESOL, and Modern Language Association. She has been involved with teaching ESOL skills and developing curriculum since 1981.

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.

Sherrilynn Rawson, PhD, is an elementary school principal in the Woodburn School District.  She previously served as testing and assessment coordinator of the English transition program for Woodburn Public Schools. She has over 20 years of experience in K-12 education, with a focus on working with English language learners. She is fluently bilingual in Spanish and English.

Lourdes River-Nystrom, MS, has worked as a teacher at all levels K-12, with experience teaching special education, highly capable students, English language learners, children of migrant farm workers, and alternative high school students. In addition, she has taught as a full-time faculty member in the education program at Portland Community College and at Mt. Hood Community College, and has served as an adjunct instructor for Portland State’s Bilingual Teacher Pathway program and other graduate and undergraduate education programs. Ms. River-Nystrom specializes in learning strategies and the modification of curricula to meet the needs of diverse populations; she has received many awards for her work. She is working on a multicultural young adult novel and has completed the third year of her doctoral studies at Portland State.

Margaret St. Pierre-Graves, MA, is retired from Portland Public Schools where she taught reading and ESOL for almost 20 years. While teaching reading, she directed a reading demonstration lab serving Title I, ESOL, and special education students. Her career has included teaching workshops to classroom teachers and educational assistants to help them better meet the needs of diverse student populations. As a literacy specialist, Ms. St. Pierre-Graves helped to develop a school-wide Title I literacy blocks program. She is currently an adjunct instructor at Portland State, supervising ESOL Endorsement practicum students.

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.

Van Truong, MA, is a middle school principal for Portland Public Schools, where she has worked for over 20 years. During that time Ms. Truong advanced in her career from serving as a bilingual instructional assistant and community agent, to an ELL and French teacher, and in previous administrative positions as a middle school assistant principal and high school vice principal. She has served as president of Vietnamese Americans for Education in Oregon and was formerly director of Van Lang Vietnamese Language School in Portland.

Tom Tyler, MS, is a retired school principal who served for 30 years in the Salem Keizer School District as a teacher, principal, curriculum specialist, and staff development coordinator. Mr. Tyler has been a textbook author and consulted in language arts, writing, and school motivation. He has taught bilingual summer school, ESOL in Mexico, and specialized language arts at McLaren School for Boys. His areas of expertise include building bridges and maintaining strong links between and among school, family, and community to support learning for ELL students, and in evaluating school district needs and developing appropriate approaches for serving English language learners.

Cary Wasem-Varela, MAT, is the ESOL program coordinator for Jefferson County School District. She has over 15 years of elementary-level teaching experience, with emphasis on working with English-language learners in the areas of language acquisition, literacy, and content learning.  Ms. Wasem-Varela is certified as a trainer for SIOP and A Focused Approach: Systematic English Language Development. She has participated in special curriculum development and assessment projects with the Oregon Department of Education and has also served as an adjunct instructor for Lewis & Clark College.