Join us for this Town Hall Event on K-12 Education. The event will open with featured panelists describing how the pandemic has influenced their journeys and addressing how they are moving forward. The moderator will then open the floor for attendees to ask questions, share their own struggles, and talk about their inspiration.
Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Webb, GATESOL 1st Vice President
Dr. Chantal Normil is the Director of Second Language Learning for Clayton County Public Schools. She leads the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Title III, International Center, and World Languages programs. Her career spans over 30 years in the field of education, where she has served as a bilingual paraprofessional, bilingual teacher, ESOL teacher, professional development specialist, non-traditional high school site administrator, and assistant principal. She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, M.A. in TESOL from Adelphi University, leadership credentials from Jacksonville State University, and an Ed.D.in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Faith Castellano is a passionate educator who firmly believes that all students can achieve success in the classroom. Her own early struggles with learning fueled her desire to cultivate a teaching style where students are encouraged to engage with the curriculum, ask questions, make mistakes, and be active learners. She began her career as a Teach for America Corps member in San Antonio, TX. After her time in TFA was complete, she relocated to Georgia, where she has been teaching in the Cobb County school district for the past four years. Her experience teaching multiple grade levels, educating in different states, and working in both charter and neighborhood school environments, has equipped her with a well-rounded and unique perspective on supporting students with their academic and personal growth. She currently serves at Lindley Sixth Grade Academy as an ESOL science teacher, ESOL Department Chair, and PBIS coach. Faith earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from Emory University and recently graduated with her Masters in Education from Kennesaw State University.
David Forker is the Coordinator of ESOL and Title III for Clarke County School District in Athens, Georgia. He is a Ph.D. candidate in TESOL and World Language Education at the University of Georgia. His teaching and research interests include working with Emergent Bilingual Learners, discourse analysis, multimodality, content-based language instruction, and qualitative methodologies. He has taught courses regarding Cultural Issues in TESOL, TESOL Methods and Materials, Applied Linguistics, and Foxfire Course for Teachers. He has used his research interests and experiences to create socio-cultural awareness in linguistically and culturally diverse learning environments.
Francisca Banuelos is an ESOL Parent Facilitator and Interpreter for the Bartow County School System. She is passionate about helping families get the information, help, and support they need to ensure their child’s academic and social success in school. She wants to make sure every parent feels welcome in school. Her goal is encouraging rich communication between teachers and parents as they work together to help students succeed.