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 serves as executive search consultant and senior advisor for Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at the Association of Governing Boards for Universities and Colleges (AGB). Prior to joining  AGB, she 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 has served as chief of staff for Prince George’s Community College, director of Leadership Programs at the American Council on Education (ACE), 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

Con amplia experiencia en el área de educación infantil. Es colaboradora en los métodos de aprendizaje como: ACE-LERA (Acelerando la Comprensión en Español) y RIGOR (Reading Instructional Goals for Older Readers) en New York y Puerto Rico. Instructora de maestras y padres de familia en talleres: “Cómo Aprender Jugando”, “Formación de Pequeños Líderes” y “Talleres de Lecturas para Padres e Hijos” en la comunidad de “La Mujer Obrera” en El Paso TX. Coautora de ACE-LERA y RIGOR en español. Escritora de materiales para maestros y cuentos para niños.

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, both in person and virtually, and has been a special education advisor in Chile, Peru and Saudi Arabia through the US Embassies. He works directly with administrators, faculty and staff in developing leadership skills to establish structures that promote student success and support collaborative cultures. He serves as a volunteer for the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation to annual projects in Brazil, El Salvador and Uganda.
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, 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 has 35 years experience in public, private and corporate education. In addition to being a teacher of English, Spanish, and French, she worked in central office administration for the El Paso Independent School District as an Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and a Director of Advanced Academics. For the past five years she has served as Head of School for a K-8 private academy. During that time she has also worked in various states as a trainer and coach with Margarita Calderon and Associates.

Elma Noyola

Elma has been an educator for forty-eight years. She spent thirty-two years in the classroom as a bilingual teacher, reading teacher, and literacy facilitator focusing on the needs of all students, especially bilingual and English Learners. Before joining us, she worked for Success for All. She now shares her talents with our team by training and coaching with MC&A nationwide.

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

Ms. Tartaglia is a high school assistant principal with Loudoun County Public Schools with over 20 years of public-school experience. She has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and coach at the elementary and high school levels.  She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education from East Stroudsburg University, a master’s degree in reading from East Stroudsburg University, a TESOL endorsement from George Washington University, and an administration and supervision endorsement from Longwood University. She is an ExC-ELL coach and trainer. 

Maria Trejo

Maria Trejo is an expert national and international consultant and presenter on English Learners and underachieving students. Maria also provides training on parent engagement, strategic plan development, and advisory committees. Maria is a Senior Associate Consultant and Coach for Calderón and Associates in ExC-ELL, Reading for Older Readers (RIGOR) and ACE-LERA (Spanish); has trained and coached for Corwin Press, Solution Tree, and Benchmark publications, and SIOP for Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). She provides training and coaching in either English or Spanish. Maria served as the state Coordinator for the development of the California English Learner Roadmap Project. She has served as an expert consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights for districts serving ELs. Maria has served on national, state and community organizations. She most recently served on the Board of Directors for the California Kindergarten Association. Dr. Trejo began her career as an elementary school teacher, a high school math teacher, an instructor in teacher preparation colleges, and worked with the California Department of Education as a consultant and administrator. She has also contributed to several publications for MC & Associates, Oxford Press, and the California Department of Education.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Leticia M. Trower

Leticia M. Trower, a former ESL teacher, has over ten years of experience designing, delivering, and managing professional learning experiences for educators. Her professional development experience includes work with WIDA, Corwin Press, and the SIOP Model, as well as in North Carolina public schools.

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