2016 IAMME Candidate Bios

Election Committee
Executive Board Candidate information
Name:  Dr. Jane A. Montes
 Educational and Professional Experience:  Dr. Montes has devoted her entire professional career to the bilingual education field including promoting the equal education opportunity of all ELs and bilingual education/ESL teacher education/preparation.  She is currently an Education Consultant specializing in the equitable education of English Learners and Teacher Support. Dr. Montes is an adjunct professor in Education at National Louis University. She recently served as a peer reviewer of grants for both ISBE and the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Montes looks forward to continuing her responsibilities and commitment to the IAMME Executive Board.
Goals for IAMME:
 To advocate for fair and meaningful instruction and assessment of the Common Core Standards for all ELs
To advocate for parents of ELs as partners in their children’s education
To advocate for EL parents’ rights that include understanding and raising questions about how the instruction and assessment of ELs provide their children with an equal education opportunity for academic success and college and career readiness
To promote data-driven, best practice, research-based curricular and instructional approaches for all ELLs to support their academic proficiency and success in school and in life
To advocate for the funding of quality bilingual education programs for all ELLs from Pre-K – 12
To foster teacher leadership among bilingual education and ESL teachers to ensure educational equity for our bilingual learners via quality lessons that contain: ELP standards, Common Core Standards, language objectives, content objectives and assessment opportunities for ELLs to demonstrate both English language proficiency and academic achievement. 


Judith M. Saurí is the Principal at Richard Edwards Dual Language International Baccalaureate Fine and Performing Arts School; a Chicago Public School. She is seen advocating for Bilingual Education, promoting Dual Language in Illinois and nationally. Judy was Co-Chair of the 45th Annual National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Conference 2016 in Chicago, also chairing the Parent Institute. Judy is on the CPS State Seal of Biliteracy Steering Committee. She is the Vice-President of the Network of Hispanic Administrators in Education (NHAE) and was recognized at the “Día del Niño” Parade for her commitment towards education and development of Latino students. Judy has served for over 14 years on the IAMME board in different capacities.

Her goals for IAMME are:
·         Continue assisting educators to learn the importance of advocacy for equity and excellence of bilingual/multilingual education; elevating the number of students that graduate college.
·         Provide resources and tools needed for educators on teaching our English Learners the value of achieving the Seal of Biliteracy, learning the importance of knowing various languages and cultures in our global society as a citizen advocating for a brighter future.
·         Work hard on expanding our membership to enhance our network (services, opportunities, and initiatives).
Dr. Simeon Stumme, IAMME Board member, is an Associate Professor at Concordia University Chicago in the Center for Policy Studies and Social Justice. His work with graduate and undergraduate students as well as teachers focuses on the education of English learners (ELs), sociology of education, and history of education. Simeon spent 11 years in the classroom as a bilingual and dual-language elementary school teacher. His personal and professional interests align with the mission and goals of IAMME, and he would be excited to continue his work with the Executive Board.
Goals for IAMME
 Work with teachers and policy makers to provide responsive and inclusive educational experiences for English language learners,
Promote high quality educational policies and practices for all students and especially ELs,
Promote multiculturalism and multilingualism for all students.

4. DR. MARIA VARGAS, Associate Professor and Chair of the Early Childhood Education and Social Sciences Department, St. Augustine College, is in the process of establishing a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with ESL and Bilingual endorsements. Dr. Vargas’ research interests include policies, services and programs that impact educational opportunities for bilingual students.  She was a member of the Chicago Board of Education for five years. She is a member of IAMME, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Illinois Early Learning Council, Multilingual Chicago, Association for Childhood Education International, World Organization for Early Childhood Education, and National Association for Bilingual Education.

 Goals for IAMME
Continue creating awareness and advocate for school districts to award the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy to deserving students,
Increase IAMME membership throughout the State,
Create better communication links with other professional organizations. 
Dr. Melissa Wolf, current IAMME Board member, is a middle school Spanish and English as a second language (ESL) teacher in North Shore School District 112 (SD 112), Highland Park. She is an adjunct instructor for National Louis University teaching bilingual/ESL approval courses. She was the coordinator for dual language, bilingual and ESL programs in SD 112. As Coordinator, Melissa founded the dual language program in 1996. This program has over 600 students K through 8th grade.  Melissa has recruited and trained teachers in program development. She is working to spread the support of the Seal of Bi-literacy in Illinois.
Goals for IAMME
 Increase membership and staff development opportunities,
Increase communication and outreach to educators through social media,
Advocate for English learners locally, state-wide and nationally.
Josie Yanguas, IAMME Board member, is the director of the Illinois Resource Center (IRC) where she has worked for over 25 years. She is Chair of the Illinois Advisory Council for Bilingual Education which advises ISBE on issues related to English learners (ELs). Josie serves on the Illinois Early Learning Council which successfully supported the extension of bilingual/ESL services to preschool populations.

Goals for IAMME
 Advocate for the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students including ELs,
Raise awareness on issues such as the need for fairness in the assessment of ELs including, if possible, in the native language; increased statewide funding for bilingual/ESL education; and the need for high quality educational programs for ELs
Help provide professional development opportunities for IAMME members on critical issues facing our state.

 7. DR. JUDITH YTURRIAGO, IAMME Board member, is currently an assistant professor in the Teacher Education Department and Coordinator of the Bilingual Bicultural Program at Northeastern IL University. She has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction and a M.S. in linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Over the last 30 years, Judy has worked as a bilingual/ESL teacher, an elementary school principal, a director of bilingual and early childhood programs, a teacher trainer, and a director of a federally funded technical assistance center. She looks forward to her continued work as part of the IAMME family.
Goals for IAMME
Increase communication with members using enhanced technology,
Increase professional development opportunities for members,
Ensure that IAMME continues to actively promote multilingualism and multiculturalism throughout the State and nation

8. ANGELO CHAVEZ IAMME Board Member, currently a bilingual library media specialist and I.B. Design teacher at Richard Edwards school in Chicago. He has an M.Ed in interdisciplinary studies in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University and an M.A. in urban education from Columbia College. Angelo has been in Chicago public schools and involved in its communities for over 20 years working with students at risk, community sports teams, technology clubs, and bilingual book clubs. He looks to further his commitment to a multilingual multicultural world by participating as a board member of IAMME.
Goals for IAMME
Increased visibility and awareness through enhanced web presence and social media
Increase communication and coordination with organizations locally and nationally
Increase awareness of the value of a multilingual and multicultural education.

9. DR. DIEP NGUYEN, IAMME member, Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University.  Before coming to N.E.I.U., she served as the bilingual program director in Schaumburg School District 54, and as the assistant superintendent of instruction in Des Plaines School District 62 and Evanston Township High School District 200.  Diep began the dual language programs in School District 54 in 1994 and is currently conducting research on the long-term impacts of Dual Language Education. She is a member of the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education and is looking forward to continue to advocate for English Learners and emerging bilingual students through IAMME.
 Goals for IAMME
Advocate for appropriate and equitable education for English Learners and other emergent bilingual students
Promote valid, fair and relevant assessment for the purpose of improving instruction and encouraging learning
Promote bilingualism and biliteracy for every student. 

10. RENE VALENCIANO  A brief-long history of me.  Immigrated to the U.S in 1961 as a 1 year old.  Grew up in the Quad Cities, Illinois along the Mississippi.  Spent every summer from K to 10th grade in Mexico. Graduated from Moline HS 1978, WIU with a B.S. in Bilingual Education 1982, Chgo. State in Administration 1993.  Bilingual teacher, 10 years in Blue Island, Migrant educator 6 summers, Bilingual Consultant at ISBE, 4 years, Principal, 12 years, ELL Coordinator, 5 years in Joliet.  Service: IACBE 6 years, IAMME Board 4 years.  Married a bilingual teacher and had 3 bilingual children.  You are wondering if I am tired and the answer is yes.  My passion for educating language minority children is what keeps me going.
Goals for IAMME:
1. Promote the use of native language instruction.
2. Increase Dual Language Support state-wide. 
3. Provide professional development and knowledge to ELL Teachers.

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