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Meet Our Team

English Learner Portal's professional development team is top notch! With extensive experience in many aspects of public education, the English Learner Portal team brings the best of current research, best practices, legal requirements, program management, and practical experience. Most of the English Learner Portal team is still employed by a public school system (even our founder), making their knowledge current, relevant, and responsive to the changing needs and demands of the classroom.

Kelly Reider, Founder

Kelly has 26 years of experience in public education settings including consultant, ESL district program coordinator, school administrator, instructional specialist, & teacher. She is an international workshop facilitator, a recipient of the TESOL ELT Leadership Management Certificate, and a National Board Certified Early Childhood Generalist. She provides consulting and professional development services in all aspects of instruction, language development, program evaluation, curriculum development, & system level program planning. Kelly holds a Master's degree in Instructional Systems Development & certification in Elementary Education, Spanish, ESOL, & School Administration.

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Adriana Brown

Adriana has 18 years of teaching experience. She has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and certifications in ESOL, Special Education, and Bilingual Special Education.  Adriana is the online school facilitator, content developer, and professional development facilitator for ELP.

Ruslana Westerlund

Ruslana Westerlund, Ed.D., has a Master’s in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Bohdan Khmelnytskiy Cherkassy National University and Doctorate in Education.  She is an associate researcher in WIDA’s Research and Development Division.  Previously, Ruslana worked as an ELD Specialist at K-12, teacher preparation programs at undergraduate and graduate levels and served as an ELD and refugee student specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education. She is also an adjunct faculty member teaching courses in the ESL/bilingual licensure programs in several universities. Ruslana is a course developer for ELP.

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Sarah Said

Sarah is a former Director of English Learning and teacher leader in the suburbs of Chicago.  She has been an advocate, writer, speaker, and constant learner about English learners for over a decade.  Sarah is a course developer for ELP.

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Laura Gardner

Laura has 17 years of experience working in public education, refugee resettlement, and social work.  While in public education, she worked as a district level manager for immigrant family and community engagement as well as a school social worker. Laura also worked for Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) managing their national technical assistance initiative to federal Refugee School Impact Grantees.  Laura holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education.  She is a course developer and professional development facilitator for ELP.

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Frank Bonkowski

Frank has over 30 years of experience writing English language teaching materials, creating e-courses, and teaching English language at university, college, and high school levels.  Frank teaches at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montreal, Canada.  He has co-authored nine textbooks and consulted on many projects with publishers and e-learning companies.  Frank is a course developer for ELP.

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Rachel Ross

Rachel has 20 years of experience working in public education in Florida & Maryland.  She has worked as a teacher specialist, literacy coach, mentor teacher, elementary & ESL teacher, ELD curriculum writer K-12, model unit author for the Maryland State Department of Education both in Language Arts & STEM. Rachel holds a Master’s degree in Leadership in TESOL and certification in Elementary Education, Administration, and ESL.  Rachel is a workshop facilitator and content developer for ELP.

Mia Ariela Allen

Mia graduated with an EdS in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, focused on English Language Learning programming for new arrival students that have timed-out or dropped-out of a traditional secondary school model. Mia earned her Masters in Elementary Education with a focus on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. Mia then went on to study at the University of Colorado-Boulder focused on bilingual special education. Mia is a content developer and workshop facilitator for ELP.  

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Beth Skelton

Beth has 30 years of experience as a language educator. She has worked with early childhood, elementary, middle, high school and adult language learners in rural, urban, suburban, and international school settings. She is an active board member of CoTESOL (Colorado Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages). She has published materials for teaching adult English Learners with the TPRS method entitled Putting it Together. She holds a Master’s Degree in Multicultural Teacher Education and certification in German and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education.

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Susan Zimmerman

While Susan has retired as an active member of our professional development team, she continues to support the English Learner Portal community.  Check out her new adventure as an author of the young adult novel, Hear My Words, about a newcomer finding her voice in a new culture.

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"I love this (vlog) so much! Just sent it out to all the content supervisors, who will be sharing it in their beginning of year newsletters! A few things...the bilingual Thinking Verb Place Mats are a huge hit! Will be ordering more soon. We had our big county-wide Literacy Conference yesterday, and I presented along with one of my ESOL teachers that attended your workshop--she was able to share a couple of the strategies she learned from that workshop at the conference. 🙂 ...You guys are really great, Kelly. I am so thankful for English Learner are providing exactly what we need!"

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