Brad grew up in Whitewater, Wisconsin, a small town in the southeastern part of the state. For the past 12 years he has worked with culturally and linguistically diverse learners teaching fourth, second and first grade.
Reading self-selected professional development books, educational journals, attending conferences, and participating in book study groups outside of school with his teaching team have taught him so much. He's been fortunate to work a lot with and learn from Anne Goudvis. Together they have co-taught and discussed teaching practice. “This reflection has helped to inform me of critical questions and next teaching steps.”
He believes that "to be a teacher it takes thinking, imagination, creativity, curiosity and a lot of energy. That's why I became a teacher - I love that challenge. I've learned from critical theory that establishing a solid knowledge base and being conscious of my practices is the first step toward action and positive change.”
Marisol Payet is from Lima, Perú and came to the United States in May of 1999. She travels once a year to Perú to visit her family and friends. Marisol also likes to stop in Miami because her brother lives there. Marisol studied Elementary Education at Metropolitan State College of Denver. She received her bachelor's degree in the Fall of 2003. She loves to teach, read, hike and paint with pastels. Marisol also loves to go to the mountains and visit places that she doesn't know.
For Yolanda, bilingual education was more of a life calling rather than a career choice. It sort of found her. Having grown up in Spain, Yolanda moved to the United States with her husband just over ten years ago. With a degree in Business Administration, she quickly realized that her heart was more in providing opportunities for kids to become bilingual, than making a profit. Yolanda has been teaching for 10 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education. She enjoys travelling with her husband Jorge, and spending as much time as possible with her family, faraway in her native Spain.