Bilingual Educator, Illinois Resource Center
Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D., has been a bilingual educator for more than 30 years. She has taught English as a second language, worked as a high school bilingual coordinator, and as a Title VII program director. As a specialist at the Illinois Resource Center in Arlington Heights, Wagner has taught courses, conducted workshops, and provided professional development for teachers and administrators in school districts throughout Illinois and nationwide.
Wayne E. Wright
Professor, Purdue University
Wayne E. Wright is the Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Programs, and Faculty Development and the Barbara I. Cook Chair of Literacy and Language in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education at Purdue University. He provides training for future and current educators in the areas of ESL teaching methods, literacy, assessment, technology and research. Wright has extensive experience as a researcher and practitioner in schools in the United States and internationally.
Wright is the author of numerous research articles related to language minority education, and serves as the founding editor of the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement. He has presented his research and provided training for language teachers throughout the world. In 2009 Wright was a Fulbright scholar and visiting lecturer at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he provided training and assistance to the university and students in the M.Ed. program.
He and his wife Phal are the parents of three amazing children.
ELL Teacher, Menasha Joint School District
Xee Yang has been an English language learner teacher for almost 13 years. She is also an instructor at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh and Fox Valley Technical College. Yang is pursuing her doctorate degree in Educational Sustainability at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. She and her husband, Snyu Yang, own the Hmong Globe, a quarterly periodical for the Hmong community in Wisconsin.