Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language
“My passion is using education to help people heal themselves.”
I have been a correctional educator for the last 28 years. I taught high school English in a Cuyahoga Hills Boys School, a juvenile correction facility in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1985 to 2000. I have been running a literacy program at Northeast Pre-Release Center, a correctional facility for women, also in Cleveland, from 2000 to the present. Since 1998, I have been an adjunct professor teaching developmental English at Cuyahoga Community College. In addition, I have taught ESL at Ohio University, the University of Alabama, and Cuyahoga Community College. I have a B.A. in history and English from Ohio University and an M.A. in Linguistics/TESL, also from Ohio University.*
Bilingual Special Education Diagnostics
“I believe that every adult human being has a biological need to be engaged in purposeful work which provides an adequate income to sustain themselves and their families. I believe that every child has a biological need to be engaged in purposeful learning. I believe that we all have a responsibility to work to ensure that those needs are met for everyone.”
I attended Colgate University in Hamilton, NY from 1969 to 1971. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1977) and a Master of Arts degree in Special Education (Mental Retardation) from the University of Alabama (1983) I hold current Wisconsin teaching licenses for 45 Elementary Teacher (Pre-K, Kindergarten), 810 Cognitive Disabilities (Pre-K-12), 830 Emotional Behavioral Disabilities (Pre-K-9) and 811 Learning Disabilities (Pre-K-9). I speak, read and write Spanish fluently and have been a bilingual (English-Spanish) teacher throughout my professional career. I served as Secretary of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA) from 1991-1993, as Treasurer from 2000-2005 and as President from 2005-2009. I was a member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) from 2000 to 2009. I participated in a Fulbright Teacher Exchange in Mexico City in 1997-1998.
I began teaching in 1977. I taught at Bruce Guadalupe Community School in Milwaukee 1977-1979, at Escuela Panamericana in Santa Ana, Salvador in 1979-1980, at Escuela El Farallon in Veracruz, Mexico 1980-1982, Brownsville Independent School District in Brownsville, TX 1983-1984 and the Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI 1985-2012. I have taught several English as a Second Language classes for adults, twice through the LISTO program and once for employees of Athea Laboratories in Milwaukee. I am the president of the Board of Directors of the Epic Center Community Organization, a youth serving agency located near our home. I am also a member of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) in Milwaukee.*
Educational Leadership & Teacher Training
“My passion is for working with educators as they strive to strengthen their leadership practices in order to create high performing, collaborative learning environments where all students have an opportunity to achieve at high levels.”
Jim Brown, Ph.D., served as the Assistant Executive Director of the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals’ Association from 1999 to 2013. In that role, his responsibilities included coordination of charter school site reviews, directing and facilitating the Consulting Mentor Program, the New School Leaders Seminar Series, and a comprehensive wellness program with the City of Marlborough. His administrative responsibilities included membership development, awards programs, publications, and grant writing activities at the state, federal and international levels.
During his 38 years in the field of education, Jim has served as an elementary teacher in both public and private schools in Maine and Veracruz, Mexico, and as an elementary and middle level principal in public and private schools in Michigan, Rhode Island, and San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Over the years, Jim’s presentation topics to education and parent support groups have addressed the inclusion of special needs students in regular education; implementation of IDEA; improvement Teams and Accountability; and the Principal as an Instructional Leader. Jim served as a group facilitator for the Principals’ Leadership Summit, sponsored by the United States Department of Education, and he served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Elementary School Principals in Alexandria, Virginia from 1996-1999. Most recently, Jim has been serving as a consultant to the Ministry of Education in the State of Kuwait, working with the School Leadership Pilot Project under the auspices of The World Bank. In this capacity, he has been working with school level and Ministry leaders in the area of Family and Community Engagement and facilitating sessions on School Leadership.
Awarded the Milken Educator Award and the Distinguished Rhode Island Educator Award in 1996, Jim was a finalist for the Principal-in-Residence Program of the United States Department of Education in 1997.*
Educational Technology, English as a Second Language and Spanish Instruction
Rita Simons Santiago
“My passion is to find new technologies for developing creative, innovative, and individualized learning environments.”
Rita taught ESL and Spanish at the Milwaukee Area Technical College-Oak Creek Campus in Wisconsin where she worked from 1989-2013. She served as the Instructional Chairperson for ESL, Basic Skills, GED, and Foreign Language departments at that campus for more than eleven years, In addition to this, Rita facilitated educational technology courses for the MATC faculty as part of ER&D. Prior to MATC, she taught Spanish and Spanish for Spanish-Speakers in the Milwaukee Public Schools, served as a bilingual resource teacher in the Kenosha Public Schools, taught ESL at the University of Alabama’s English Language Institute, and served as faculty/administrator of the American School of Laguna Verde (Escuela El Farallon) in Veracruz, Mexico. Rita’s professional interests include the integration of educational technology and the arts into second-language teaching to aid in the individualization and creativity of teaching and learning.*
English as a Second Language, Spanish Instruction & Teacher Training
“My passion is the moment when a struggling learner ‘gets it!'”
Jeanne Irving Angel, Ph.D., has dedicated her 30+ year career to language learning. She was coordinator for English Language Learners in a K-12 public school and also taught English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in K-12, adult, college, and teacher training settings, in the US and internationally. She has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. She currently teaches Spanish and works with students with disabilities in a middle school in Georgia. Her professional interests include curriculum development and assessment in language learning and inquiry-based learning.*
Graphic Design and Print Production
A love of typography as a design tool and art form inspires Sue Harris every day. She is a perfectionist and insists that designers benefit from good production practices and understanding the printing process. Good design is not about cleaning up a mess, it is essential and should be considered from the beginning of any endeavor.
Sue is currently design director at Blue Star Design in Cleveland, Ohio. Blue Star Design is an idea design studio specializing in graphic design, web and social media design, and brand identity. She has over 30 years of experience in graphic design and print production. After graduating from Marshall University with a Master’s degree, Sue began her career in graphic design at a small printing company. After moving to Alabama, she worked as an art director and production coordinator for Horizon magazine, a national publication covering the arts. When Sue moved to Cleveland, Ohio, she joined the design staff at Northern Ohio Live, a regional arts magazine. After three years with the magazine Sue spent the next 17 years working as an in-house designer for Case Western Reserve University, designing everything from posters and brochures to the alumni magazine, and also served as the lead designer for undergraduate admission recruiting materials. Sue is an expert in Adobe’s CS6 creative suite software—including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.*