2016-2017 Board Members
President, Karen Lewis
Karen Lewis serves as a Professional Development Specialist for Katy ISD. Prior to working in professional development, Karen taught ESL, Newcomer, and General Education classes across multiple grade levels from elementary to high school. Karen holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in English and psychology and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. Karen has been awarded TexTESOLER of the Year in 2015 and is a Katy ISD Education Foundation grant winner and Fund for Teachers Fellow. Within the area of professional development, Karen creates learning opportunities for teachers through face-to-face training, webinars, social media, online courses, and video production. Her primary interests include academic language and the application of positive psychology in education.
Past President, Irma Rohatgi
Dr. Irma Rohatgi is currently a Supervisor for student teachers at the University of Houston-Downtown. Previously, she served as the Director for Multilingual Programs in the Houston Independent School District as well as Manager Bilingual/ESL Curriculum Specialist PK/12 in the Multilingual Department. She was instrumental in writing and implementing the Title III NCLB grant and assisted in the restructuring of the district’s bilingual programs. She has also written the district’s first Spanish Project CLEAR curriculum document and the ESL Curriculum Frameworks for students in Bilingual programs as well as Enhancing Parent Involvement for Parents of Bilingual and ESL Students. She has participated in numerous state-wide committees whose input and decisions impact state policies for implementation of programs for English language learners. She has extensive experience as a bilingual classroom teacher, curriculum writer, program developer, trainer of school administrators, parents, and teachers and was a former NABE teacher of the year winner. She is also President of TxTESOL IV which advocates for teachers of speakers of other languages in Texas.
President Elect, James Moore
James Moore received his M.Ed. in Reading at Sam Houston State University in 2011 and has seven years of experience in administration and instruction for intensive English programs at Sam Houston State University and the Texas Intensive English Program, currently acting as the director of TIEP at Lamar University in Beaumont. He is pursuing his Ed.D. in TESOL at Anaheim University.
Conference Chair, Rezvan Khoshlessan
Rezvan Khoshlessan holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Higher Education from Lamar University, Beaumont (Texas, USA), a Master of Arts in TEFL from Tehran Azad University, Tehran Central Branch (Tehran, Iran), and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Tehran University (Tehran, Iran). Currently, she works full-time as the coordinator for the Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement (CTLE) at Lamar University. She has also been teaching English to ESL students for 20 years and is still practicing her skill as an adjunct English instructor at several colleges. She was a full-time ESL/EFL faculty member of the Islamic Azad University-North Branch, (Tehran, Iran) for 13 years. Her research interest includes higher education, international students, active and collaborative techniques, and study anxiety.
Conference Chair Elect, Bonnie Duhart
Bonnie Duhart holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction (Secondary Education) from University of Houston, and an MBA from IESE in Barcelona, Spain. She is a professor of ESOL at Lone Star College University Park. She has taught all levels of ESL, from basic to advanced, and all skills, with special emphasis on Pronunciation and Grammar. In addition, Bonnie is a certified High School Spanish teacher. At the moment, she is working towards her MA in Applied Linguistics through Texas A&M Commerce. In her free time, Bonnie enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters.
Secretary, Rachel Kraut
Dr. Rachel Kraut is the Associate Director of Language Programs in the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University. She also serves as a site reviewer for the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. Beyond language program management, Rachel has also worked as a consultant in language teacher professional development for public school districts, a content developer, and a teacher trainer. Her research interests lie in two camps: language program administration and L2 applied psycholinguistics. More specifically, Rachel has recently published and presented papers on ESL teacher training and pedagogy, the development and effectiveness of L2 extensive reading programs, L2 lexical storage and access, and the processing of L2 morphology.
Treasurer, Yuliya Summers
Yuliya Summers is a second language teacher educator and researcher. She has been in education for fifteen years, teaching in ESL and Bilingual classrooms in the United States. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in Bilingual Education at Texas A&M University, College Station. For the past 6 years, Mrs. Summers has been teaching courses related to Bilingual/ESL education at various Texas universities. Her community involvement includes serving as a treasurer in TexTESOL V and now in TexTESOL IV organization and newsletter editor for the Vocabulary SIG at AERA. Ms. Summers has also conducted professional development workshops and presents regularly. She was a keynote speaker at Yakut TESOL International Conference 2016, where she also conducted a 72-hour professional development for EFL teachers of Yakutia. Yuliya’s research interests are language teacher identity and ESL/Bilingual teacher preparation and development. She currently teaches and develops undergraduate courses related to Bilingual and ESL education. She also serves as an advisor to UH BESO (Bilingual Education Student Organization).
Membership Coordinator, Julissa Alcantar-Martinez (No Photo or Bio Available)
Conference Registration Chair, Marie Moreno
Marie D. Moreno was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Edinburg, Texas where she graduated from Edinburg High School. She attended Baylor University, before moving to Houston, graduating in 1995 from the University of Houston with a Baccalaureate of Science in Information Technology. Upon graduation, she worked in the Houston technology industry, finding her calling in education in 1995 with Houston Independent School District, Lee High School as a Career & Technology Education teacher. She taught for 3 years, was subsequently appointed as an Assistant Principal in 1999, while attending Texas Southern University where she earned her Master’s degree in Mid-Management and Texas Principal Certification in 2000. Lee High School represented the catalyst that has fueled her passion for teaching, mentoring, and student success. Lee High School represents students from 70 different countries, speaking 42 languages – with 3 of 4 students speak a language other than English as their first language. In 2005, she assumed the combined duties of Principal at Kaleidoscope Middle School (a Houston ISD Charter School), Las Americas Middle School, and Las Americas Early Childhood Development Center (located in the Southwest Houston-Gulfton area). In 2006, she transitioned the middle schools to a new location in the Gulfton community, where she continues to serve students and the community as Principal of Las Americas Newcomer (4-8) School. Las Americas is an English intensive school for recent immigrants with less than two years in the country. In comparison to her early teaching years, Las Americas represents students from 32 different countries and 29 different languages, including Urdu, Nepali, Swahili, Arabic, and Vietnamese.
Marie Moreno is a recognized member of the American Leadership Forum, Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter, Association of Hispanic School Administrators, Houston Association of School Administrators, and the Gulfton Youth Development Program. She is a featured speaker for the National Hispanic Professional Organization (NHPO), on the topic of Diversity Education in the 21st Century Classroom. She has also presented at Pearson’s SIOP Conference, TABE, MASBA, NABE, and TASBE regarding educating our new generation of students. She has helped districts across the nation in creating and supporting newcomer centers. She is currently working on contributing to a book entitled “Serving Our Underserved Children” by Linda Goldman set for publication in early 2017.
Conference Program Chair, Troi Ferguson
Troi’s first experience with teaching English as a second language was as a Peace Corps volunteer in the remote Pacific island nation of Kiribati. During her Peace Corps service, she fell in love with teaching and with traveling, which eventually led her to ESL teaching positions in China and Mexico. She has taught in the intensive ESL program at Rice University since 2010. Troi holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from HBU.
Historian, Anahita Rahimi Khoshtinat (No Photo Available)
Anahita Rahimi Khoshtinat received her doctorate in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Women’s Education from Lamar University, Beaumont (Texas, USA), a Master of Arts in English Literature from University of Pune (Pune, India), a Post-baccalaureate in Speech Language Pathology from Lamar University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Azad University, Rodehen Branch, (Rodehen, Iran). She has 10 years of experience in teaching ESL at universities as wells as K-12 in Iran and United States. Currently, she teaches Math and Reading in Port Arthur Independent School District, Texas. Her research concentration comprises women’s educational opportunities, globally, and especially in the Middle East.
Advocacy, Bianca Arriazola
Bianca Arriazola has been in the field of education for the past eight years. She is currently the principal at George I. Sanchez Charter School-North, a middle school located on the north side of Houston. Ms. Arriazola is a strong advocate for low-income, at-risk student populations. She was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, a predominantly Latino community, where she was able to experience firsthand what it meant to be Latino within the American educational system.
Upon graduation, Ms. Arriazola had the privilege of learning about cultural assimilation while studying abroad in Europe. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in international business and marketing and a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Ms. Arriazola aspires to be a leader who not only paves the way but continues to work on the road toward self-fulfillment by not only pushing herself along but others as well.
Newsletter Editor, Alex Monceaux
Alex Monceaux is completing doctoral work on Global Educational Leadership. He began teaching K-12 in 1999 and in 2006, began teaching Bridge ESOL students at Lamar University. Since then, he has traveled extensively speaking and teaching in South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Spain, France, Italy, UK, Costa Rica, and Chile as an Invited Speaker for Universities and such conferences as TESOL, ACPI-TESOL, France TESOL, MELTA, KoTESOL, and IATED.
Alex uses his MA English background to help in his position on the TexTESOL IV Board of Directors and TESOL International’s Material Writers (MWIS) Steering Committee as Editor for the internationally read TexTESOL IV Fourth Estate and Journal of Assessment & Teaching of ELs and MWIS newsletter. His M. Ed – Human Development & Counseling is well used working with international students to mitigate challenges face transitioning into the US university setting in additional to serving Texas Counseling Association as the By-Laws Committee Co-Chair.
Other than teaching and counseling, Alex enjoys researching, writing, a variety of areas involving Assessing Student Self-Regulation, Formative/Summative Assessments, and the Integration of the Affective Domain. Some of Alex’s hobbies include hiking, travel, canoeing and rafting, and spending time with his family.
Webmaster, Rosemary Anthony
Rosemary Anthony, M.Ed, is committed to learning and enjoys her position as the ESL lead teacher at Beck Junior High in Katy ISD. She began teaching English Language Arts in 1999 and is excited about her future in the field of education. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D in Educational Leadership at Houston Baptist University.
Member at Large, Trudy Freer
Trudy Freer recently retired from Houston ISD as Manager of the Title III grant for the Multilingual Department. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Thomas as well as with the University of Houston Downtown. Her professional experience has included elementary and secondary bilingual/ESL/SSL education in six different states. Her goal in working with the TESOL board is to bring quality professional development opportunities for elementary and secondary teachers. Trudy’s interests include sheltered instruction, emergent literacy, and children’s literature. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at Texas A&M University.
Member at Large, Tracy Schmidt (No Photo or Bio Available)