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celiaCelia Glick                                                                                Director of ELLs

Ms. Glick has been with Department of ELLs for two years.  Previously, she was an Austin principal since 2005 at Wooldridge Elementary School. Prior to joining AISD, she was a teacher and administrator in Lubbock ISD for 30 years, where she implemented a Two-Way Dual Language Enrichment program.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Tech University in 1974, and a master’s degree in 1984, also from Texas Tech, in education with an emphasis in bilingual education. She is an active member of numerous educational associations, including the Austin, Texas, and National Associations for Bilingual Education. “Dual Language provides students with a strong academic focus in two languages, a respect for different cultures, and prepares students for college and a career in a globally competitive economy,” Ms. Glick said.

Maria (Aida) Alanis, Ph.D.                                                                                  Assistant Director of ELLs  

Maria Aida Alanis brings knowledge and experience in the field of science instruction, bilingual education and early childhood learning. She has worked with continuous improvement schools with Austin I.S.D. in the area of science achievement and school wide curriculum content focus. Dr. Alanis has certifications in bilingual education and kindergarten. As a graduate student at Pan American University, she earned a masters in Educational Administration/Mid-Management followed by a masters in Curriculum and Instruction. She obtained a doctorate from UT Austin in Educational Administration with a focus on continuous academic improvement and achievement of schools. Aida finds joy in assisting learners of all ages. She works with principals, teachers, parents, students, and university level students.                                                 


                                                                                              Compliance Supervisor for ELLs


Stella MedinaStella Medina                                                                                   Elementary School Coordinator

holds both an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Reading and a graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction emphasizing Bilingual Education from the University of Texas. Additionally, she holds certifications in both Mid-management and Gifted and Talented Supplemental. Prior to her employment with Austin ISD, Ms. Medina served as a consultant with the Texas Education Agency for 19 years where she held administrative positions in the Divisions of Student Assessment, Accountability and Evaluation, and served as Director of Programs for Bilingual Education/ESL. As a presenter at conferences throughout the United States, she engaged in professional development on topics related to Bilingual Education/ESL. She has authored several articles related to Bilingual Education and co-authored in collaboration with Region XIX Primeros Pasos, an elementary reading program for English Language Learners. Ms. Medina began her career in education as an elementary teacher with the El Paso and Gadsden Independent School Districts. She also served as a lead trainer for eight years in language arts, mathematics, and science throughout Texas and New Mexico. She resides in Austin, Texas, and is the parent of two sons, both university graduates. She is also the proud grandparent of six beautiful grandchildren.

Stella MedinaAlma Valdez                                                                                         Elementary Schools Coordinator

holds a Bachelor of Science-Cum Laude, and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas. She received her Mid Management Administration Certification from Southwest Texas State University. She has worked as a bilingual teacher, Dual Language Resource Teacher, Assistant Principal and Summer School Principal. Alma has served as president of AAABE (Austin Area Association for Bilingual Education) and has also served as the TABE (Texas Association for Bilingual Education) Constitution Chair. Most recently Alma chaired the NABE (National Association for Bilingual Education) 2009 Exhibits Committee. Alma has served in various AISD committees such as the Spanish Reading Task Force the Bilingual Assessment Committee and the Hispanic Heritage Committee. She also served in various panels such as the TEXTESOL State Convention: The Classroom Teacher as a Bilingual Education/ESL Trainer. She resides in the Bastrop Lost Pines area where she owns several acres. She is married and has three beautiful daughters.

harishiniHarishini Ernest, Ph.D.                                                                        High School Coordinator

Dr. Ernest has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, an M.A in English, and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.  Professionally, she is an ESL Coordinator with Austin ISD where her responsibilities include professional development, teacher support, compliance, and curriculum development.  She has taught K-12, community college, and university levels, and has been involved in educational consulting, program evaluation, administration, and teaching since 1984. She was a tenured professor at the University of Puerto Rico before returning to Austin.  She has received several awards including an AERA Outstanding Publication Award. Summary report: Title VII Dual Language Project Biennial Report, and another for devoted service to the Austin Asian American Community in Education presented by Mayor Gus Garcia. She was also a member of Austin ISD's Teacher Leadership Development Program.

Dr. Ernest was President of  TEXTESOL III (Texas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).  She has been president and member of several board of directors including the Texas Women's Coalition and been actively involved in the Network of Asian American Organizations.  She is a strong proponent of empowering adults and teaching children to make healthy choices, eliminating the "isms" (racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism, homophobia) creating a world free of violence.

Irma HernandezIrma Hernandez                                                                          Middle School Coordinator

Irma graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading. She received her M.Ed. degree in Administration and Supervision from the Stephen F. Austin State University. She holds certifications in Mid-management and bilingual. Prior to coming to AISD Irma worked with Leander ISD as an ELL Coordinator for PK-12 programs. She worked for the Round Rock Independent School district for 10 years as an Assistant Principal, Coordinator for the Bilingual ESL PK-12 and as Assist Director for the Student Testing and Receiving Center for Immigrant Students. She began her career as a bilingual teacher at the elementary level in El Paso, Texas. She served as an elementary bilingual teacher at various grade levels and middle school assistant principal in California. She had the opportunity to work with various southern California school districts as an Educational Consultant for MacMillan-Graw Hill Publishing Company. Irma resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and two sons. Her sons attend McNeil High School in Round Rock ISD where her oldest will be graduating this year and her youngest is a freshman.

Victor RodriguezVictor Rodriguez                                                                                 Translator

has a degree in Applied Linguistics and Translation from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon located in Monterrey, N.L, Mexico. While living in Monterrey, he worked as an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher and as a translator/journalist for Mexico’s largest independent newspaper, El Norte. Before coming to AISD Victor was employed at Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) as a Communications Specialist where he authored and coauthored several articles and publications in the areas of family involvement and cultural diversity. He is married to Dora Cantu who is employed at AISD as a bilingual teacher. They have a son, Victor, who recently graduated from Texas State University with a degree in International Business at Texas State University.

Francisco PereaFrancisco Jose Perea, Ph.D.                                                              Translator

born in Mexico City in January 1929, completed his education in Mexico, including two years in a military school, up to a Masters Degree in Philosophy and Literature, and a Ph.D. in a University in Rome, Italy. He has been a classroom teacher for over 12 years, a principal of a high school and a rector of a college of liberal arts in Mexico. He was Editor General of a publishing house in Mexico, and a translator and author of several books. He is in his 28th year as a translator and language consultant for AISD’s Bilingual/ESL Department. He lives in Austin with his wife, Lorrain Chauvin Perea, M.Ed. from Texas State University; she was Director of the Department of Student Disabilities at St. Edward’s University for 15 years. Francisco and Lorrain are the parents of two children: Paul Francis, J.D. from Vanderbilt University, married to Maureen Pendergast Perea, and Ann Louise, M.A. from Columbia University.

  Rosa Waters,

  Assessment Coordinator

  Bio pending

Sara GarciaSara Garcia                                                                                

  Data Processing Assistant

graduated from PSJA High School in Pharr, Tx, she worked for PSJA ISD and McAllen ISD for a total of 5 years. She began her career with AISD as a Substitute Clerk. Her commitment to her work gained her permanent employment in November of 1998 as a Migrant Recruiter/Parent Support Specialist in the Office of Bilingual/ESL Education. In 2006, she began her employment as a Data Processing Assistant with the Office of Bilingual/ESL Education. Sara specializes in the ELL PEIMS data management and documentation of over 24,000 English Language Learners on over 100 district wide campuses. Among her many responsibilities, she also services all AISD LPAC chairs needing technical support with LPAS. Assisting district staff in a timely manner is of great importance to her. She has been awarded the "Rave" Award for outstanding customer service every year. In all her busy schedule, the most wonderful part of Sara's day is being an amazing mother to her only son.

dianaDiana Perez                                                                                         Accounting Tech

She was born in Texas but raised in Chicago, Illinois.  She completed her high school education and one year of higher education at Loyola University before returning to Texas.  She lives in Austin with her two beautiful children.

She has worked for the Austin Independent School District for the past 16 years.   She worked as a Secretary/Bookkeeper at the elementary campuses for 14 years. Her first job with the district was at T. A. Brown – “The Best School in Town” where within one year she went from a lunchroom monitor to the Secretary.

The various experiences and relationships she has encountered with students, parents and staff, making a difference in their lives, has kept her working in the public education system.  Her desire to achieve different goals in her life and further her training she moved to central office. After one wonderful year as an Administrative Secretary she was one of many who was affected by the first district budget cuts and was left without a job. A Guardian Angel was set in her path and she was given the opportunity to work managing a grant in the department of English Language Learners.


NoraNora Montes de Flores                                                                       Assessment Tech at IWC

Was born in Mexico City. Has a Diploma for Teaching English as a Second Language from the “Universidad Iberoamericana”. In Mexico she worked as a tutor, school secretary, a translator and at several churches, where she developed a passion for helping and supporting others. She moved to the United States 5 years ago and started working in the hotel industry.

Since July 2010 she has been working at AISD coordinating the International Welcome Center (IWC), where she loves helping newcomers (students and family) find their way into the AISD school system.

She is happily married, mother of three sons and a grandson. Her two oldest stayed in Mexico City, her youngest came to Austin with her. Their first interaction with AISD 5 years ago was at the International Welcome Center.

Diana Robuck, Secretary III

Bio pending


Juanita MadrigalJuanita Madrigal                                                                              Professional Development Support

graduated from North Texas State University with a B.A. in English/Spanish/Social Studies. She received an M.A. from East Texas State University in Educational Administration. She currently holds valid Texas teacher certifications in Secondary English, Secondary Spanish, Secondary Social Studies and all levels Mid-Management Certification. Juanita has 40 years experience working in public education. All of her educational experience was in Dallas ISD. She taught high school Spanish and English for 4 years. She then moved to the Curriculum & Instruction Department and wrote Social Studies curriculum for grades 4-6 for 4 years. She then moved to the Employee Relations Department and worked for 25 years in various assignments: ombudsman, hearing officer, EEOC representative, Office for Civil Rights representative, Child Abuse representative, Sexual Harassment Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator. She ended her career with Dallas ISD as an Assistant Principal for 7 years at a Dropout Prevention Alternative High School. Juanita moved to Austin upon her retirement from Dallas ISD and was fortunate to find a part-time Professional Development Support assignment in the Department of ELLs.

Janie Stephens

LEP-SSI Grant Tech (Part-Time)

Bio pending

TammyTammy Hopkins                                                                       

 LEP-SSI Grant Tech (Part-Time)

Tammy started as a clerical substitute  for A.I.S.D. in October of 2008 as a means to work 1-2 days a week  to make a little extra money. She has worked in many different offices including Human Resources. She stumbled upon the Department of ELLs after a  succession of Supervisors starting with Dr.  Ann Smisko then Dr. Denise Collier and finally Mrs. Celia Glick. She enjoys using her skills to keep the department  organized and running smoothly. She is always eager to learn more about the ELLs and ultimately the new Dual Language Program rolled out in in our District for Academic 2010-11. Tammy has been happily married since 2004 to an Electrical Engineer and has a 19-year-old daughter, Nicole, who is a full-time student at ACC getting her Bachelor's of Physical Science. Tammy enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, crocheting, and teaching people the Bible. She is taking Chinese with her husband.