The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) Welcomes Three New Staff Members
OELA is pleased to introduce three new members of its staff: Marianna Vinson joins OELA as deputy director, having served most recently as assistant superintendent of educational services for the San Jacinto Unified School District in southern California. A former bilingual kindergarten teacher, as assistant superintendent she led the transition to the Common Core State Standards and next generation assessments, and oversaw all instructional programs from preschool through high school, including special education. KimOanh Nguyen-Lam joins OELA as program director. Most recently, she directed the Advanced Training and Research Division of International and Foreign Language Education, in the Department’s Office of Postsecondary Education. Prior to that, she was executive director of the California State University (CSU) 23-campus system-wide consortium for the CSU Critical Language Initiative; and served as the associate director of the Center for Language Minority Education and Research at CSU Long Beach. As a faculty member at CSU’s College of Education, her research focused on bilingual education, minority language education, and dual immersion language programs. Francisco J. López, Jr. joins OELA as a discretionary grant program specialist. He comes from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), where he served as a program officer, managing a portfolio of Title III grants that focused on assessment, research, and evaluation related to the needs of English learners.
National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA)