Dr. Silvia Romero-Johnson -I am currently the Executive Director of the Office of Multilingual and Global Education. I started in this position as of July 1st, 2013. My passion resides in providing access to quality bilingual and multilingual education to all students, and more specifically to students who have a family language other than English in the home. Home languages and cultures are an asset to build on in the educational process. I believe all students need to be prepared for college, careers, and communities that are highly diverse and globally connected. I have been working in the Madison Metropolitan School District since 2001. I started in the role of bilingual resource specialist while I attended school to obtain my teaching licenses. I became a bilingual resource teacher, a bilingual math teacher, and a program support teacher for bilingual education programs. Then, I became and administrator in central office. Later, I had the privilege of working at Nuestro Mundo Community School as the school principal. I am an adjunct professor at Edgewood College, where I teach courses in curriculum and assessment design for the bilingual licensure, and a course of language strategies for the graduate dual language immersion certificate. In my personal time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling around the world, practicing yoga, and reading.
Teresa Carranza - I currently have the honor of leading work on behalf of bilingual learners as the Coordinator of Dual Language Education and Biliteracy, a role I began in July 2014. It is a pleasure to work with an amazingly, skilled, experienced OMGE team that is as passionate about equity, and social justice as I am! I joined MMSD in 2008, working as the Dual Language Immersion Planner, and following that as the Principal of Midvale Elementary School in MMSD, a Dual Language Immersion strand school site. My experience prior to joining MMSD includes working 5 years as a Coordinator of ESL/Bilingual Programs and for more than 18 years as an English and bilingual classroom teacher, and ESL and bilingual teacher resource teacher in grades K-8. I hold a B.S. in Elementary Education and have completed extensive graduate coursework at the University of Wisconsin- Madison leading to multiple teaching credentials in Elementary, ESL and Bilingual Education as well as both a Master's and Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College. I am also an adjunct professor at Edgewood College, where I teach courses in ESL/Bilingual Program Development and Foundations of Dual Language Immersion. In my personal time, I enjoy working with others on community projects, spending time with my family, and reading!
Gabriela Bell - I have been working with the Office of Multilingual and Global Education since 2012. I am the Bilingual Curriculum Developer. I am originally from Costa Rica, and have lived in WI for the last 14 years. My work focus areas are biliteracy professional development and framework creation. My previous work experience includes teaching foreign language classes, teaching ESL to middle and high school students, and coordinating the Bilingual Department K-5 for the School District of Waukesha. I have several teaching licenses including Bilingual, ESL, Spanish Foreign Language, Reading 316, and Reading Specialist. I am passionate about bilingual education and have spent my entire academic career serving language learners. I hold a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Reading.
Jen Klutterman - I have been working with the Office of Multilingual and Global Education since November of 2009. Currently, I work as the Instructional Design Coordinator. My work areas of focus include supporting staff in making the core accessible for English Language Learners (ELLs) through the implementation of culturally and linguistically responsive practices, helping staff to develop ELLs' language skills through targeted instruction, and assisting schools with other needs. In addition, I participate in planning and facilitating professional development and collaborate with colleagues on ESL program development. In 2003, I began working for MMSD as a Bilingual Resource Teacher at Sherman Middle School. Throughout my time at Sherman, I team taught in both sixth and seventh grade in an inclusive classroom. I have a B.S. in Education from UW - La Crosse with certifications in General Education (grades 1 - 8) and Spanish (grades 1 - 9). Additionally, I obtained my M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis and certification in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education from UW - Whitewater in 2007. My goal is to collaborate with OMGE staff in buildings to support all teachers as teachers of academic language who also differentiate the language of instruction and assessment to make grade-level content accessible to ELLs. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, including my husband and son (Torin - born in June of 2011), and friends, participating in Zumba classes, cheering on the UW Badgers, and traveling.
Bilingual Resource Specialists
Clara Barbosa - I have been working with the Office of Multilingual and Global Education since 2008 in the role of Bilingual Resource Specialist (BRS) and Spanish Translator. My work focus area is written translation. Prior to working in the Doyle Administration Building, I worked as a BRS in various MMSD schools, since 1997, where I focused on academic support of English Language Learners within regular education classrooms, collaboration during curriculum planning, and oral and written language services. Education and languages have always been areas of interest for me. I am licensed in Speech and Language Therapy and finished most of the course work for English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. I love my current job and want to pursue more professional development in the areas of translation and interpretation. I have always had strong feelings about community service and voluntarism. I have been a member of the Communities of Color Advisory Council at Madison College since 2010 and became a Board Member for the Vera Court Neighborhood Center in October 2011. I enjoy reading, music and dancing, and outdoor activities.
Roberto Herrera - I’ve been part of the Office of Multilingual and Global Education since 2008 in the role of Bilingual Resource Specialist (BRS) and Spanish Translator. My work focus is with the Division of Special Education and the Department of Early and Extended Learning. My role in Division of Special Education is to serve as an interpreter during the initial evaluation process for Early Childhood. As for the Department of Early and Extended Learning, I offer oral and written language support in the areas of 4K, Child Find and Summer School. Also, I’ve collaborated with other departments in the translation of their websites such as the Online enrollment and Math at Play. I’ve been with the Madison Metropolitan School District since 2001 and prior to being a part of the Office of Multilingual and Global Education I worked as a BRS at the elementary and middle school level providing support to English Language Learners. I believe in providing English Language Learners and their families equal access to all the resources our District has to offer. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, running, biking, watching soccer games from all over the world and rooting for the UW Badgers.
Chue Thao - I have been working with the MMSD Office of Multilingual and Global Education (ESL/Bilingual Education Program) since 1993 in the role of Bilingual Resource Specialist. My work focus areas are written and verbal communications in home/school; academic support to ELL students in classroom settings; and other collaboration works with administrators, school teaching and non-teaching staff, and ESL/Bilingual teaching staff as needed. In addition to my work as a BRS, I used to work as a Summer School Educational Assistant from 1992-1998 for Madison School District in elementary, middle and high schools. I have a B.A. in Social Science with a concentration in education from Ashford University and a M.S. in Leadership for Higher Education from Capella University. At the main time, I will continue to work with Office of Multilingual and Global Education providing academic and language services to individual students and bridging their families to the school system. My personal life outside of MMSD, I enjoy travelling, taking pictures, and spending time with my family.
Sara Huse - I have been working as a Teacher Leader in the Office of Multilingual and Global Education since November of 2010. My work focuses on supporting the Westside Elementary ESL programs. In addition, I work on Guided Language Acquisition Design and assessments for language learners. I have a passion for using technology to support language acquisition. Before taking a position as a Teacher Leader, I worked as a bilingual and ESL teacher at Cherokee Heights Middle School and as a third grade bilingual teacher in the School District of Waukesha. I have a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish from UW-Madison and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UW-Whitewater. I recently began pursuing a second Master's Degree in New Literacies and New Learning from the University of Illinois.
Ben Kollasch - I have been working with the Office of Global and Multilingual Education since 2012 in the role of Teacher Leader. My work focus areas are ESL and Bilingual program support , especially with the ESL Redesign cohorts. I also work to build capacity to use data among teaching and administrative staff for continuous improvement of our schools. My previous work experience includes being an ESL teacher at Middleton High School. I hold teaching certification in ESL, Bilingual (Span.), and Broadfield Science/Biology. I believe having more than one language is a benefit to every student. I have lived and taught in both Ecuador and Panama.
Ruthann Lewis - I have been working with the Office of Global and Multilingual Education since 2001 in the role of Teacher Leader. My work focus areas are supporting middle school developmental bilingual programs and high school English as a Second Language. My previous work experience includes teaching Spanish, French, and English as a Second Language at Midvale Elementary, Sennett Middle, Black Hawk Middle, and East High School. I enjoy working with new staff to help them understand how to meet the needs of language learners.
Ana Salcido - This will be my fifth year with the Office of Multilingual and Global Education (OMGE) as a teacher leader. My work focus areas are biliteracy and curriculum development. This year I will also provide school site support to Chavez Elementary as the teacher leader for the dual language immersion (DLI) program. I am excited to be at a school site where DLI is just beginning. Before moving to Madison 10 years ago, I began my teaching career in my hometown – Los Angeles, CA - as a bilingual kindergarten teacher. My first teaching job in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) was in a bilingual k/1 classroom. In addition, I am also a founding teacher of the first DLI school in MMSD.