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ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement - Faculty

Anita Bright, PhD, a National Board Certified Teacher, is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. With over 20 years of experience as a PreK-12 public school teacher, she is the ESOL Program Coordinator and teaches courses in ESOL, Social Justice, and Mathematics Education. Her research interests focus on the intersections of culture, English language learning and mathematics, with an emphasis on critical pedagogy and the ways power is distributed within education. Her recent work emphasizes the engagement of pre-service educators in adopting a critical stance.

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.

Julie Esparza Brown, EdD, is an Assistant Professor in Special Education at Portland State University. Dr. Esparza Brown joined the Department of Special Education where she teaches courses and publishes in the areas of bilingual assessment, literacy, multi-tiered support systems for English Learners, and legal foundations of special education. Additionally, she is a national consultant in all aspects of assessing and instructing English Learners with and without disabilities.

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.

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.