The mission of Read en Español, Inc. is to provide quality and authentic products and services to successfully educate all students.
First and foremost, READ consultants are bilingual teachers who have seen a deficit in materials available to classrooms in which Spanish Reading is taught. The owners, Sara Knigge and Mayra Tristan, have extensive experience in Bilingual Education, Dual Language and English as a Second Language.
Their vast knowledge inspired them to create premium Spanish reading materials as well as provide schools with staff development following best practices with all English Language Learners. They can join your district at the next Professional Development day!
About the Authors
Mayra Tristan is a bilingual teacher at Oak Terrace Elementary School in Highwood, Illinois and a part time instructor and consultant at UNAM (Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México) in Chicago. She has been a teacher for over twenty-four years and has received several recognitions including 2013 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching finalist, 2008 and 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching nominee, Fulbright Teacher exchange program scholar (Uruguay) in 2013, and 2016 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program (Mexico). As part of the award Mayra had the opportunity to conduct educational research for three months in Mexico. Mayra holds a master’s Degree in Bilingual Education and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Administration. She resides in Illinois with her family.
Sara Knigge has two decades of classroom experience. These experiences have included serving in the following roles: primary multi-age teacher, ESL (English as a Second Language) classroom teacher, Spanish bilingual teacher, and at the college and university levels, Spanish as a Foreign Language teacher and ESL/Bilingual endorsement faculty member. Sara holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an endorsement to teach in Bilingual and ESL settings. While working toward a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature, Sara studied Spanish Literature and Mexican History at La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, Mexico. Sara most recently served as the Chair of the ESL/Bilingual Endorsement program at Aurora University and Director of a National Professional Development Grant awarded through the Office of English Language Acquisition. She resides in Illinois with her family.
Wayne E. Johnson
Wayne E. Johnson is a self-employed book designer and illustrator. He’s been a musician and actor, mechanical engineer and forklift driver, advertising manager and creative director, among other occupations. He currently writes a humor column for The Voice , a northeastern Illinois newspaper and you can also find his writing on Wayne’s blog. He lives with his wife, Pat, two cats and a yard full of chipmunks in Aurora, Illinois, where he’s finishing his novel, The Militarized Zone: What Did You Do in the Army, Grandpa?