Past Board Members

 

 President:  Irma Rohatgi, Ed.D. | president@textesoliv.org 

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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. 

Past President:  Arleigh Kalinowski | past_president@textesoliv.org

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Arleigh Kalinowski, M Ed.,  taught for several years in general elementary education prior to devoting her career to English language learners.  She has taught students from PreK- Adults in public schools, programs for immigrant women, and as an adjunct instructor in ESL Methods at Houston Baptist University. She recently retired from Fort Bend ISD where she served for six years as the Special Programs Dept K-12 ESL Coordinator.  In 2013 she served in the role of TexTESOL IV Conference Registration Chair, and also briefly served as the Advocacy Officer for TexTESOLIV. 

President Elect:  Karen Lewis | president_elect@textesoliv.org

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Karen Lewis is a Professional Development Specialist for English Language Learners in Katy ISD. Prior to working in professional development, Karen taught ESOL and Newcomer classes for junior high and high school students. She has presented at several state and regional conferences for TexTESOL and the Region IV Education Service Center, including hosting a site visit at the Katy ISD Newcomer Center at McMeans Junior High. Karen holds a B.A. Degree from Saint Mary’s University in psychology and English and an M.Ed. from Lamar University in Educational Technology Leadership.

Secretary:  James Moore | secretary@textesoliv.org

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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. 

Treasurer:  Kisha Bryan  |   treasurer@textesoliv.org

 

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Kisha C. Bryan is Treasurer-elect of TexTESOL-IV. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of ESL at Texas A&M University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate-level pre-service teachers in the ESL, multicultural education, and general teacher preparation programs. Her research interests include identity construction among immigrant adolescents of color, language acquisition in urban contexts, and teacher efficacy.

Before coming to Texas in 2014, Dr. Bryan served as Professor of English for Academic Purposes at Florida State College at Jacksonville. During her time in Florida, she served Sunshine State TESOL in various roles (e.g. member-at-large, publisher liaison, vice-president, conference chairperson, president). She has been a member of TESOL International since 2001 and is active in the Black English Language Professionals and Friends (BELPaF) special interest group and has served as Awards Coordinator for TESOL’s University of Pittsburgh Travel Award. 

Dr. Bryan earned an MA TESOL from the State University of New York in 2002 and a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction TESOL/Bilingual Education from the University of Florida in 2012.  Dr. Bryan looks forward to serving the TexTESOL-IV constituency, as she believes strongly that service is the obligation that professionals have to share their disciplinary expertise, experience, time and energy to meet needs and contribute to the organization’s vision and mission. 

Webmaster:  Rosemary Anthony | webmaster2@textesoliv.org  
Rosemary 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. 
 Advocacy:   Sedef Uzuner | advocacy@textesoliv.org
Sedef-Smith Sedef Uzuner Smith is an Assistant Professor of ESL in the Department of Counseling and Special Populations at Lamar University. She is a member of the TESOL International Organization and the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) and serves on committees for these bodies. Her professional background includes teaching EFL to undergraduate students and children in Turkey; teaching ESL to international and immigrant students in university and adult education contexts as well as teaching in TESOL teacher education programs in the U.S. Being an ESL learner, Sedef sees herself in a favorable position with regards to understanding the language learning and language socialization needs of ESL learners.
 Newsletter:  Alex Monceaux | newsletter_editor@textesoliv.org
 TexTESOL IV Editor, Forth Estate Alex Monceaux holds an MA – English and an M. Ed – Human Development, teaches English as a Second Language at TIEP at Lamar, Lamar University, Integrated Reading & Writing at LIT, Adult ESL Education for Region 5 ESC, and serves as Clinical Field Supervisor at Lamar University’s Cardinal Community Clinic. In addition to serving on the TexTESOL Board of Directors, he is President of Southeast Texas Counseling Association, a chapter organization of the Texas Counseling Association, serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Language Learning and Teaching for the 21st Century, is a Conference Committee Member for 21st Century Academic Forum, and sits on the International Advisory Board.  Other than teaching and counseling, Alex enjoys researching, writing, and presenting at various conferences.  Some of the various areas of research he is currently involved in are: Assessing Self-Regulation in Students, Relationship between Assessments, Student Stress, and Student Achievement, Complexities in ELL Identity Formation, Formative/Summative Assessments, Use of Repetition and Managed Stress for Content Mastery.  Some of Alex’s hobbies include hiking, travel, canoeing and rafting, and spending time with his family.
 Conference Chair: Rezvan Khoshlessan | conference_chair@textesoliv.org
  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.
 Membership Coordinator:  Stephen White | membership_coordinator@textesoliv.org
  Dr. White is an assistant professor in Bilingual/ESL Education at the University of Houston Downtown where he teaches and develops Bilingual/ESL undergraduate and graduate courses.  In the past he has taught Spanish to English-speaking students and English to English language learners. He has served as a consultant at Region IV ESC to school districts in the areas of Bilingual/ESOL, foreign languages, multicultural education, and migrant populations.  He has also provided training as a national consultant and served as keynote speaker at local, state, national, and international conferences. 
Historian: Madhulika Tandon   |  historian@textesol.org
madhu-bio-pic Madhulika Tandon is a professor ESOL at Lone Star College – University Park.  She earned a Master of Education in International Literacy (ESOL focus) from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Lucknow.  Madhulika has been teaching ESOL classes since 2006 and has extensive experience working with diverse groups of students in higher education and the industry for English for Specific Purposes.  She has also taught teacher preparation courses at the College of Education at Sam Houston State University.  Madhulika enjoys incorporating instructional technology and fun-filled projects in her classes to enhance active student engagement. 
 Conference Program Chair: Troi Ferguson conference_program_chair@textesoliv.org
 Troi 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.
 Member-at-Large:  Trudy Freer | member_at_large1@textesoliv.org
trudy 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 with 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:  Farideh Nekoobahr | member_at_large2@textesoliv.org
farideh-n-bio-pic Farideh Nekoobahr is currently a doctoral student in Professional Leadership-Special Populations at the University of Houston where she also works as an ESL teacher.  She joined the University of Houston Language and Culture Center in 2011.  She has also taught ESL at Houston Community College and Rice University and has served as an ESL volunteer teacher at the University of St. Thomas.  Farideh served on the TexTESOL IV board as the secretary in 2012 and 2013.  Her research interests include the language learning process and cross-cultural communication. 

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