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  • Saturday, January 30, 2021 9:44 AM
    Message # 10048326
    Drew Long (Administrator)

    Hello to new and old members alike! It was exciting and inspiring to see so many faces in our conference this morning. We would love to learn more about you as we seek to build a professional network here in Florida.

    Please introduce yourself, and tell us what brings you to FABE.

    Also, feel free to share any ideas or suggestions you have for FABE in 2021. 


    Drew Long

  • Saturday, January 30, 2021 11:02 AM
    Reply # 10048452 on 10048326
    Ryan Pontier (Administrator)

    Hello! I am Ryan Pontier, an assistant professor of bilingual education at Florida International University in Miami. I began my career in education as a dual language teacher in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and here in Miami. I am a member of FABE to continue to learn more about bilingual education in Florida and to connect with everyone else who is interested. This has been a wonderful place to begin and grow relationships, share ideas, and get support.

    Last modified: Saturday, January 30, 2021 11:41 AM | Ryan Pontier (Administrator)
  • Saturday, January 30, 2021 11:08 AM
    Reply # 10048462 on 10048326
    Claudia Norez

    Hola! I am Claudia Norez and so happy to be a member of FABE. All of my teaching experience has been in bilingual and dual language settings. I am currently the Dual Language K-12 Specialist in Duval County. 

  • Saturday, January 30, 2021 11:16 AM
    Reply # 10048469 on 10048326
    Lydia Escobar

    Hello! I am Lydia Escobar. I work as an ESOL Educational Specialist at Kissimmee Middle School in The School District of Osceola County. I'm a passionate advocator for our Emergent Bilinguals. I am interested in the topic of Equity. Our students need the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge using their language repertoire. Thanks for the opportunity. 

  • Saturday, January 30, 2021 11:37 AM
    Reply # 10048498 on 10048326

    Hello - Geri Chaffee - such a pleasure to be here with all of you; we have a lot of work to do but it will be exciting to collaborate and watch how we can collectively impact students and families!

  • Saturday, January 30, 2021 11:43 AM
    Reply # 10048517 on 10048326
    Rui Wang

    Hello everyone! My name is Rui Wang, and I am a TESOL graduate student at UNF.

    I have been enjoying this virtual conference, and it is a great resource to enrich my knowledge about TESOL. I also want to meet some TESOL professors, professionals, and educators through this meeting to know more about what is going on in the state of Florida!

  • Saturday, January 30, 2021 11:45 AM
    Reply # 10048522 on 10048326
    Eric Dwyer

    Hello Everyone:

    I'm Eric Dwyer, an associate professor in Foreign Language Education at FIU. I'm so pleased to see FABE rolling forward with such zest and umph.

  • Saturday, January 30, 2021 11:49 AM
    Reply # 10048527 on 10048326
    Katiana Reyes Millan

    Hello everyone! I work as a first grade Dual Language Teacher in Osceola County. I was part of the first cohort of the Dual Language Certificate at UCF. It was a wonderful learning experience. I am glad to be here with all of you this morning. Dual Language is my passion!

  • Saturday, January 30, 2021 1:20 PM
    Reply # 10048632 on 10048326
    Deon Heffington

    Hello to everyone!

    It was so good to see you today! My name is Deon Heffington. I'm a former Ph.D. student from UF and a very proud advisee of Maria Coady. While in Florida, I had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with some of the amazing people in this group! I am currently working at Universidad de Quintana Roo, in southeastern Mexico. We have an ELT BA program. I am participating in FABE because I'd like to continue networking with colleagues and friends in Florida, as well as explore new partnerships between pre-service and in-service teachers, perhaps guest speakers for classes and/or conferences, etc. I'm hoping we can build  educational pathways for increasing collaboration between students, teachers, and curriculum among Mexico and the US, particularly Florida. I look forward to continuing collaborating with you all. In case you'd like to contact me, my email is Thank you!!!

  • Tuesday, February 02, 2021 4:53 PM
    Reply # 10057112 on 10048326

    Hello everyone! My name is Yvonne Cadiz. I was one of the first Bilingual teachers for Hillsborough County Schools. My teaching and administrative experience has been in Bilingual Education/ TESOL for over 35 years. I have been an ESL Specialist, National Consultant and recently retired as Campus Director for Ana G. Mendez University, a dual language university.  I am presently working for UCF's STEPS program.  I provide training and support to the dual language teachers in Central Florida that are obtaining 18 credit hours at the masters level in Dual Language Education. I also work with outreach activities to involve the business leaders and the community to collaborate on school projects involving our DL teachers and students. 

    Congratulations, to the FABE Board Members and to Dr. Pontier for his new role as President of FABE. The conference last Saturday was excellent and I will encourage our DL teachers and administrators to join FABE and attend the conference on February 27th!   

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