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  • Multilingual coordinator with 12 years’ experience supporting linguistically and culturally diverse students
  • Data-driven practitioner trained and proficient with using WIDA data to inform instruction
  • Strong rapport-builder and motivator with record of engaging staff members and students at a high level
  • Deeply invested in reflective practice and collaborative professional development
  • Master of Arts in English as a Second Language
  • Authorized WIDA Trainer of Trainers for CLIMBS(Content and Language Integration as a Means of Bridging Success)


Career Highlights

  • Created and implemented policies for identification, placement and redesignation for district servicing over 3,500 multilingual learners that reduced placement errors by 60%
  • Delivered CLIMBS training to over 70 teachers which led to improved targeted instruction
  • Coordinated school adoption of WIDA Screener and MODEL as language assessment and placement tools
  • Designed multilingual learner service model for district (identification, placement, servicing and exiting), incorporating WIDA and literacy data from two elementary schools and a middle school
  • Facilitated an increase in students’ ACCESS and MODEL scores by an average of one full point year-over-year
  • Built departmental web site and school-wide wiki for teachers to pool and exchange resources
  • Co-founded newcomer academy for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) that helped students with gaps in their education prepare for mainstream classrooms
  • Launched and managed an award-winning literacy volunteer program that provided students with over 3,000 hours of additional small group and one-on-one support



Adams 14 School District
Commerce City, CO | 2019 – Present
PreK-12 Culture and Language Development Coordinator

  • Designed and implemented policies for identification, placement and redesignation servicing over 3,500 multilingual learners that reduced placement errors by 60%
  • Monitor progress of instructional improvement and make curricular adjustments to ensure student growth
  • Provide targeted professional development to teachers, coaches, and administrators on language acquisition and development theory, research, and practice
  • Provide language-based data and guidance to principals, coaches and teachers to ensure student growth
  • Support teachers and instructional coaches, especially related to language-specific differentiated instruction, intervention, and enrichment
  • Collaboratively develop instructional support plans for ELD teachers, content-area teachers, special educators and gifted and talented instructors
  • Support vertical articulation plans from elementary through high school (college readiness)
  • Support school intervention and enrichment models
  • Conduct observations to promote accountability and ELD program fidelity for teachers and coaches
  • Collaborate with principals, administrators and coaches to align expectations for teachers
  • Aided the department supervisor with budgets, policy creation, planning, and other administrative duties


Daystar Academy
Beijing, China | 2016 – Present
K-12 Language Support Services Coordinator | Licensed ESL Teacher

  • Facilitated the development and review of all Daystar K-12 language support services (English & Chinese)
  • Designed district-level data-driven service model that aligns language instruction with classroom instruction
  • Created and launched teaching sample process for prospective ELL/EAL teachers; co-developed observation process for ELL teachers; assisted principals with formal observations and revised services as needed
  • Collaborate with K-12 English and Chinese Curriculum Coordinators to ensure cohesive bilingual curriculum is used across grades
  • Collaborate with Chinese-language program staff to ensure effective delivery of Chinese instruction for non-native speakers
  • Manage the collection, analysis, and reporting of program-wide standardized language assessment data
    • Established district-wide English academic proficiency baseline data for all ELLs and comprehensive online student Language Profiles to inform instruction and share growth with stakeholders
  • Facilitate ELL/EAL department meetings and collaborate with campus principals and the department to provide language service support to teaching staff and instructional leaders, including delivering school-wide WIDA authorized professional development on content and language integration
  • Oversee development and review of the ELL/EAL program, including initial and ongoing training of teaching staff in:
    • WIDA assessments (Screener and MODEL)
    • Using WIDAEnglish Language Development Standards Framework to inform instruction
    • Strategies to support academic English in classrooms
  • Created extensive bilingual library of parent communication letters, including explanation of service model and WIDA assessment, as well as notification letters regarding ELL/EAL placement, servicing and exiting
  • Facilitate bilingual parent meetings to explain ELL services and provide hands-on training on how to best support students at home
  • Developed online resource center for parents with bilingual handouts, slides and videos
  • Assisted in the accreditation, authorization, and licensing needs of all Daystar campuses, including co-writing several district policies
  • Aid the department supervisor with budgets, policy creation, planning, and other administrative duties
  • Have maintained an exemplary performance record


Banaadir Academy
Minneapolis, Minnesota | 2012 – 2016
Licensed ESL Teacher | Volunteer Coordinator | Associate Educator

  • Assessed incoming students for placement into ELL program using WIDA tiers and levels
  • Employed WIDA Can Do Descriptors, Model Performance Indicators (MPIs) and WIDA ELD standards to inform instruction, which contributed to the rise of test scores by an average of one level per year
  • Co-taught with multiple primary grade teachers to facilitate language acquisition and academic English goals of 2nd to 8th grade students, including new-to-country immigrants and refugees
  • Served as 5th-6th grade level Professional Learning Community (PLC) Lead, using literacy data to inform instruction and intervention; facilitated data-driven flexible grouping of students as well as increased scaffolding for ELLs, such as increased use of sentence stems/frames and visuals
  • Implemented and managed the Reading Buddy volunteer program, which won the University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Partner award
  • Co-founded a newcomer academy for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)
  • Developed successful school-wide behavioral interventions and community outreach programs
  • Maintained an exemplary performance record

Computer Explorers

Minneapolis, Minnesota | 2011 – 2012
Information Technology Instructor

  • Taught basic MS Office computer skills to culturally/linguistically diverse 3rd and 4th graders
  • Emphasized proficiency through student-centered, project-based learning
  • Achieved satisfied students with a broad range of projects completed


Australian Centre for Education and Training (University of Technology, Sydney)

Hanoi, Vietnam | 2009 – 2011
EFL Instructor

  • Taught collegiate-level academic English to young adult students from elementary to upper-intermediate proficiency, with a focus on writing and reading
  • Provided students with thorough feedback through progress evaluations, one-on-one conferences, and writing and speaking assessments
  • Mentored incoming teachers in curriculum, pacing, management, and supplemental resources
  • Maintained a strong record of satisfied students with successful test results, plus exemplary performance reviews from director


Technology Experience

The Parent Company Inc. | LION Inc. | Greenback Entertainment Inc. 1999-2009
Product Manager | Web Designer | Front End Developer | Graphic Designer

  • Co-managed web site processes and development for seven multi-million-dollar retail web sites
  • Designed and built graphic user interfaces and managed web analytics
  • Maintained verifiably outstanding relationships with over 100 clients



Master of Arts English as a Second Language (Graduating in May 2016)
Hamline University, Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • 4.0 GPA , Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certified

Bachelor of Arts Liberal Arts
– 2012
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

  • College of Liberal Arts Dean’s List

Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
– 2009
Cambridge University through International House, Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Earned a Pass B – Top 15% of program graduates worldwide

Associate Degree of Applied Science Multimedia Design Technology
– 2001
Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, Colorado

  • 4.0 GPA—Member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society



Colt Turner
Executive Director of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation
Daystar Academy, Beijing
+ 86  (010)
Dieu-Anh Nguyen

Director of Educational Support Services
 Daystar Academy, Beijing
+ 86  (010) 6433-7366


Kari King
Daystar Academy, Beijing
+ 86  (010)
Shawn Fondow
Director of Elementary Programs
Banaadir Academy, Minneapolis
(623) 337-1860
(612) 328-3511 
Shawna Turner

Middle Years Programmer Coordinator
Daystar Academy, Beijing
+ 86 (185) 1977-2709

+ 86 (010) 6433-7366


Andrea Miller
ELL Director

Banaadir Academy, Minneapolis
(612) 720-3918