Dear Educators of ELLs,
We hope that the start up of the 2016-2017 academic school year has been successful. We at Mid-State RBERN are incredibly excited about the new year. This year promises to be a year of great opportunities as Mid-State RBERN strives to explore ways to better support your districts’ ELL-specific needs. New pathways that have opened so far this year include the establishment of a satellite office at BT BOCES ISC to serve the Southern Tier region as well as being identified as a NYSED CTLE sponsor. In addition, Mid-State RBERN welcomes new resource specialists Carla Miller, Mikian Royer, Mandi Sanchez and Sara Peters. Our new team members bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge. I have listed their bios and photos for your reference.
Carla Miller: Teacher Trainer
Carla brings ENL expertise from within the Southern Tier Region along with a background leading ENL research and Professional Development on Second Language Acquisition, Literacy, Technology Integration and Project—Based Learning in Higher Education to the team.
Sara Peters: Teacher Trainer
Sara brings extensive experience implementing new K—12 ENL programs for students of varied proficiencies, including ELLs with disabilities, and is well-versed in providing professional development and support on topics such as CR Part 154, Strategies and Resources for Teaching ELLs, Second Language Acquisition, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and NYSESLAT training.
Mikian Royer: Teacher Trainer
Mikian is originally from upstate New York, but has spent the majority of her 20 years teaching across the country and around the world. She began her career as a Teach For America corps member teaching second grade in the impoverished Mississippi Delta region. After completing her service, she traveled abroad to teach in Damascus, Syria, Seoul, South Korea and Corinth, Greece. Domestically she has taught almost every grade level from Pre-K through Adult ED with positions in Norfolk, Virginia, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Conklin and Syracuse, New York, and Fairfax County, Virginia.She has been involved in teaching English as a Second Language for more than 10 years with students of all ages and from all over the world.
Mikian has an AS in Liberal Arts from Mohawk Valley, a BA in Social Studies from Utica College and an MSed in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta.
Mandi Sanchez: Teacher Trainer
Mandi has been teaching ELLs for the last 11 years. The first 9 years of her teaching experience was in the Utica City School District, teaching ESOL to K-5 elementary students, primarily focusing on grades K-2. Utica offered a large population of refugee students including numerous SIFE (Students with Interrupted Formal Education). She then moved up north, and taught ESOL 6-8 for the Indian RIver Central School District. She was able to effectively use one of the co-teaching models in her time in this district. Mandi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Italian from Ithaca College. In addition, she holds a MST in Elementary Education from SUNY Potsdam. She is NYS certified in Pre-K, K-6, and ESOL K-12.
Finally, we embark on this journey with a pledge that this will be a year of engaging, meaningful and rigorous work to support your district’s efforts in ensuring equal educational opportunities for your English Language Learners. We look forward to a very positive and productive school year.
Coordinator Mid-State RBERN