Monday, June 3, 2013

Bilingual Master’s Degrees

Ten bilingual educators in Spring Branch ISD have now graduated with master’s degrees in bilingual education with emphasis in Dual Language and English as a Second Language(ESL) through a unique partnership program with the University of Texas at Brownsville.

In August 2011, the first teacher cohort, or group, began program studies. The two-year program included video-conferencing, online and digital learning options, and face-to-face classes with professors from UT-Brownsville. Classes for SBISD’s cohort of teachers met twice a week at Bunker Hill and Edgewood elementary schools.

Principals Valerie Martinez and Suzanne Mercado hosted these classes at their campuses. Graduating May 10 through the unique program were 10 bilingual district teachers.

Two more SBISD teachers are expected to graduate in December 2013. May graduates are Irene Herrera, Ednita Gracia, Irma Garner, María Reza, Connie Comacho, Laura Ramos, Karina Avila, María Solarzano, Griselda Treviño, and Lou Ann Mora-Boston. Yadira Roel and Nelly Burke are expected to graduate in December.

In addition to these master’s degree recipients and candidates, a doctoral cohort is one year into its program, and a new master’s degree cohort begins this August. “We thank our School Board for its continued support of this partnership,” states SBISD Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D.

“By participating in this program, teachers have gained in-depth expertise in working with second language learners in our Dual Language and ESL programs.” “We congratulate our teachers for their achievement of this wonderful educational milestone and for their commitment to our students,” she also said.

Vivian Pratts is currently director of SBISD Bingual/ESL programs.


  1. Valley Oaks has celebrated the success of fourth grade teacher, Danielle Leuschen de Pico, who graduated in May with her master's degree in bilingual education from Houston Baptist University. Congratulations to all the teachers for their achievements.

  2. Pine Shadows parents are so proud of Mrs. Garner, Mrs. Herrera, and Mrs. Gracia for their dedication to their profession and service to our students! Muchas Gracias!


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