The ExC-ELL Team

Dr. Margarita Calderón

Dr. Margarita Calderón, Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University, is the creator of the ExC-ELL model. She has served on national language policy research panels, and is currently a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights. Her research has been funded by USDOE, NIH, USDOL, and Carnegie Corporation. She has over 100 publications. She is invited to do international keynote presentations and is working with Departments of Education, school districts, and schools to implement school-wide ExC-ELL.

Kim Bobby

Dr. Bobby was chief diversity officer and associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Puget Sound (WA). As the first chief diversity officer for Puget Sound, she held the primary responsibility for coordinating and implementing the university’s strategic plan for diversity and directing early college access and achievement programs.  Dr. Bobby’s career has served as chief of staff for Prince George’s Community College and in K–12 leadership roles prompting access and equity in education. This includes being appointed by the chancellor of the New York City public school system to a senior-level cabinet post to research, advise, and provide support for initiatives aimed toward systemic educational reform for the New York City Public Schools. She has also served as a consultant to the College Board, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the College Success Foundation focusing on leadership development, college access, and organizational transformation. Dr. Bobby has written and spoken on leadership development, creating an inclusive campus climate, appreciative inquiry, and creating effective leadership programs as a pipeline to achieving diverse campus leadership teams.

Anita Crowley

Anita Crowley is the EL Instructional Support Specialist for Cumberland County Schools, North Carolina, where she develops and facilitates professional development and conducts coaching sessions throughout the district. Before that, she taught high school science for 16 years. She received her Master’s in Education with a concentration in ESL from Meredith College in 2012. Anita is currently working on her School Administrative License at UNC Pembroke. She was a member of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction ELL Support Team for five years, where she facilitated training and coaching sessions across North Carolina.

Lupe Espino

Lupe Espino is an ExC-ELL professional learning facilitator.

Joanne Marino

Joanne Marino is an educator who provides professional development, coaching, and leadership support to schools with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Her workshops target building language and literacy within the content areas, assessment, lesson planning, and collaborating within the school and community to raise academic achievement for English learners. Marino had a multifaceted career in education as a teacher (English as a second language (ESL) and social studies), materials developer, teacher trainer, and administrator. She taught in the United States, Peru, and Kuwait. Marino was a certified WIDA trainer. In addition, she served as an ESL consultant for North Carolina with responsibility for the administration, implementation, monitoring, data collection, and reporting for Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act at the state level; created and delivered professional development; and provided leadership for curriculum development, enhancement and support; and program evaluation. Marino was recognized by the Office of English Language Acquisition for Teacher Excellence and Professionalism. She earned National Board Certification in English as a New Language and was a validator for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Marino holds a master’s degree in social science and a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Hector Montenegro

Dr. Hector Montenegro, President/CEO of Montenegro Consulting Group, LLC, is currently Senior District Advisor for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and works with districts and administrators nationally and internationally on systemic implementation of SEL.  He is also a Senior Associate for Margarita Calderon and Associates (MC&A) and provides training on instructional strategies for ELLs, leadership development for administrators, instructional coaching. 
Dr. Montenegro is an internationally recognized keynote and motivational speaker and has been a special education advisor in Chile, Peru and Saudi Arabia through the US Embassies. He serves as a volunteer for the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation to annual projects in Brazil, El Salvador and Uganda. He works directly with administrators, faculty and staff in developing leadership skills to establish structures that promote student success and support collaborative cultures that empower faculty, staff, students and parents.
Dr. Hector Montenegro has been a math teacher, an assistant principal and principal in Washington, DC and served as Chief of Staff of the DC Public Schools. He was also an Area Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent for Instructional Services in Dallas, and Superintendent of Schools for three school districts in Texas. He obtained his masters from Stanford University and doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

Elizabeth Montes

Elizabeth Montes is an ExC-ELL professional learning facilitator.

Elma Noyoloa

Elma Noyola has been an educator for forty-four years. She spent thirty-two years as a bilingual teacher, ESL teacher, reading teacher, and literacy facilitator.

Carlos Ramirez

Carlos Ramirez is an ExC-ELL professional learning facilitator.

Karen Solis

Karen Solis is an EL Teacher for Gaston County County Schools, North Carolina, where was awarded the title Teacher of the Year. She is a member of the GCS Pinnacle Leaders Network, an innovative team who specialize in technology integration in the classroom. She has been a member of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction state EL Support Team since 2010 as a developer, trainer and coach. She has taught at Elementary and Middle School levels and has led professional developments for preK-higher ed teachers and leaders. Karen is currently working on her Master’s in Technology Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Karen is an ExC-ELL trainer and coach.

Lisa Tartaglia

Lisa Tartaglia is currently a reading specialist and literacy coach at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, VA. She has over twenty years of teaching in the public-school system. Her experiences range from early childhood to college, and most recently she was principal for Newcomer EL Summer School.  She currently provides remediation services to students at LCHS and coaches teachers to integrate literacy into their content areas. She is an ExC-ELL coach and trainer.

Maria Trejo

Maria Trejo is an ExC-ELL professional learning facilitator.

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