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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.

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.