This podcast features a listening session moderated by Montserrat Garibay, the Assistant Deputy Secretary & Director of OELA. The panelists are four educators from around the country. This conversation focuses on the experiences and expertise of multilingual teachers in supporting English learners and their families. The podcast highlights resources to promote multilingual education and the maintenance of Native languages.
Carol Pagan is from Providence Public Schools and the Providence Teachers Union in Rhode Island. She is a Bilingual Literacy coach at Leviton Dual Language School.
Rodrigo Rodriguez-Tovar is a fourth-grade dual language teacher at Cook Elementary School in the Austin Independent School District. He is a National Board-Certified Teacher and holds a master’s degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education.
Sonia Águila is a second-grade dual language teacher at Canalino Elementary School. Aguila has been named Teacher of the Year by both the California Association of Bilingual Education and – most recently – the National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE), for her work advocating for bilingual students and their families.
Rebecka Peterson is the 2023 National Teacher of the Year. She teaches Math at Union High School in Oklahoma. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts in Mathematics at the University of South Dakota.