2018 IAMME Candidate Bios
1.  DR. JANE MONTES, IAMME Board member, is currently an independent educational consultant on issues regarding English learners (ELs) and an adjunct professor at DePaul University. Dr. Montes recently served as a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education. She spent 12 years as university professor in teacher education training bilingual education and ESL teachers. Dr. Montes looks forward to continuing her responsibilities and commitment to the IAMME Executive Board.

Goals for IAMME:

Advocate for meaningful instruction and assessment based on the Common Core Standards for ELs and adequate    funding of bilingual education programs for ELs,
Promote data-driven, research-based, curricular approaches for ELs to support their academic success in school and life,
Foster teacher leadership among bilingual education and ESL teachers to ensure educational equity for our ELs. 

2.  JUDY SAURI, IAMME Board member, is the Principal at Richard Edwards International Baccalaureate Fine and Performing Arts Magnet School, Chicago Public Schools. Judy has recently overseen the initiation of a Dual Language Program at her school. She is the Vice-President of the Network of Hispanic Administrators in Education and was recognized last year for her long term commitment to education and the academic and cultural development of Latino students. Judy is also a member of the National Association for Bilingual Education.  

Goals for IAMME
Continue assisting educators to learn the importance of advocacy for all students including English learners (ELs),
Provide professional development and tools needed for educators of ELs, 
Work hard on expanding our membership to enhance our network and services such as employment    opportunities and professional development services

3. Dr. Simeon Stumme, IAMME Board member, is an Associate Professor at Concordia University Chicago in the department of Teaching Learning and Diversity and at the Center for Literacy.. 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.

3.  DR. MELISSA K WOLF, current IAMME Board member, is retiring after 34 years in education as  a middle school Spanish and Dual Language teacher in North Shore School District 112 (SD 112), Highland Park. She was the coordinator for dual language, bilingual and ESL programs in SD 112. As Coordinator, Melissa founded the dual language program in 1996.  Melissa has recruited and trained teachers in program development. She is proud that the Seal of Bi-literacy is a reality in Illinois. 

Goals for IAMME

Increase membership and staff development opportunities, especially for teachers in rural areas. 
Increase communication and outreach to educators through social media, 
Advocate for English learners locally, state-wide and nationally.
4. JOSIE YANGUAS, IAMME Board member, is the director of the Illinois Resource Center (IRC) where she has worked for over 20 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 especially in this era of high stakes testing; 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.


DR. JUDITH YTURRIAGO, IAMME Board member is currently an Associate Professor Emerita from the Bilingual Bicultural Program in the Teacher Education Department, Goodwin College of Education, at Northeastern Illinois University. She has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and a MS in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  For over 40 years, Judy has worked as a bilingual/ESL teacher (CPS), an elementary school principal, a director of bilingual and early childhood programs (Evanston SD 65), a teacher trainer (IRC), and a director of a federally funded technical assistance center (MRC) that served five Midwest states. She looks forward to her continued work as part of the IAMME family.‚Äč

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. 

6. 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.


7. Dr. James Cohen is an associate professor of Bilingual/ESL Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Northern Illinois University. Dr. Cohen has served the IAMME Board in the past as Secretary and sincerely enjoyed the experience of being able to advocate for the culturally and linguistically diverse students in the state of IL. He has been actively involved with IAMME since 1998. After earning his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Language and Literacy, he returned to Illinois to work at Western Illinois University for two years and then at Northern Illinois University, where he has been for the past 8 years.
Dr. Cohen’s research interests lie in the areas of Literacy instruction of English Learners, undocumented immigrants, multicultural education and social justice education. He has published several articles and book chapters on the aforementioned topics and is currently working on several other manuscripts related to the acquisition process of becoming bilingual in the U.S.
As an advocate, each year, Dr. Cohen takes several undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level students to the IAMME conference in Oak Brook to have practice presenting at a professional conference. Likewise, his reasoning/goals for becoming a board member are the follows:
To encourage more student participation at the annual statewide conference in December.  
To encourage more state level advocacy of English Learners
To assist with the dissemination of the latest research to school districts and IAMME members.


8. 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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