Spotlight: Ceci Gomez-Galvez and Julie Facine
This month, we continue our Spotlight series featuring our WIDA Global Community of Practice Community Gardeners.
Our Community Gardeners are a group of experienced international educators who supported the 2021-2022 WIDA Global Community of Practice cohort participants as they engaged in this year-long professional learning opportunity. They are classroom teachers, coordinators and school administrators serving multilingual students, their families and their teachers in international schools around the world.
Ceci is a collaborator, co-teacher and coach who empowers educators to create equitable learning opportunities to suit all language learners’ needs. She is the leader of a support program for multilingual learners based on practices which ensure culturally responsive teaching and equitable access.
Julie is a former English as an additional language program coordinator at an international secondary school in Vietnam, where she led a team of teachers to collaborate with content teachers, utilized the WIDA framework school-wide and led professional development workshops for international teachers. In her 13 years as an educator she has taught second language learners in Detroit, Seoul, Istanbul, and Ho Chi Minh City. She recently completed her Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics at UMass Boston (online) and has moved back to the U.S. where she is looking forward to upcoming opportunities in the field of second language learning.