State Relations Specialist
Alissa Metzler is the West Region State Relations Specialist on the Consortium and State Relations Team. She is the SRS Lead for the National Policy subcommittee and Accessibility, Accommodations, and Equity (AAE) subcommittee. She is also the WIDA Content Lead for the LEA Advisory subcommittee and collaboratively works with cross departmental teams on the WIDA eSummit and the Advancing ALTELLA project. Alissa had the pleasure of teaching English Learners and serving as an EL Program Coordinator in North Dakota for 11 years. With a deep passion for supporting teachers of ELs and wanting to have a greater impact on policy, programs, and professional development, she transitioned to a state level position and served as the State EL and Title III Coordinator at the Idaho State Department of Education for four years. Alissa holds a B.S. in Elementary Education with a K-12 ESL endorsement and emphasis in Spanish from the University of North Dakota, a Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy from the University of Mary, and is completing her Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning in Teacher Education.