Meet the TexLER Committee
The Texas Language Education Research (TexLER) Conference Committee is a student organization comprised of undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students of the Department of Bicultural & Bilingual Studies and TESOL in the College of Education and Human Development.
Kathryn I. Henderson is the faculty advisor for TexLER. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, College of Education and Human Development at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Her education interests include language ideologies, language policy and dual language bilingual education programs.
Judith Orsini, is the President of the TexLER 2019. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education with a Major in Special Education from the University of Puerto Rico. Most of her teaching experience has been with students at the elementary level with Autism and other learning and related disorders. Currently, she is a Master’s student of the Bicultural-Bilingual Education Department, working for the Bilingual Teaching Certification and Bilingual Reading Specialist Certificate. Her research interests focus on sociocultural aspects for literacy instruction, bilingual education, race, identity, and language maintenance, and parent involvement in bilingual education.
My name is Martha Zapata, I was born in Mexico City and I'm currently a student at UTSA working on my bachelors on Bilingual Education. I've worked with children for a long time already but I have a special interest in working with bilingual children. I believe those children are still being underrepresented and in some cases undermine that is why I'm always looking for new ways to address their needs.
Nguyen is the Academic Coordinator of the TexLER Committee. He is a first-year Ph.D. student in Culture, Literacy, and Language at UTSA. Before moving to San Antonio, worked as an ESL teacher in Vietnam. Then he earned his M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from University of Houston. His research interests include language learning, literacy practices, and identity among Vietnamese Americans.
Shiyi Sandra Han is an undergraduate student majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies at UTSA. Her current position in TexLER is UTSA Networking/Volunteer. In her spare time, she likes swimming, playing the ukulele, and the harmonica, traveling, and singing. She is bilingual and fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. Shiyi is passionate about tutoring people on different subjects.
Christian Fallas Escobar holds a B.A. in TESOL and an M.A. in Second Languages and Cultures from Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. Currently, he is a first-year student in the doctoral program in Culture, Literacy and Language at UTSA. His research interests revolve around society and institutions’ evaluations of individuals’ bilingualism based on racial categorizations.