Valentina Gonzalez is a Professional Development Specialist for ELLs in Katy, Texas. Her 20 years of teaching experience include teaching multiple grades as well as serving K-5 as an ESL specialty teacher and district program facilitator. Sarah Said has spent years overseeing ELL programming in schools in Illinois. In addition to her role as a Director of Language and Equity programs, she is also a contributor for ELL Confianza. Mary Ann Zehr teaches 9th-grade English at Harrisonburg High School in Virginia. Previously she taught English and history to English-language learners for seven years in D.C. public schools.