The mission of Read en Español, Inc. is to increase the knowledge base and confidence of teachers who support multilingual learners through the products and services we offer.
Sara Knigge works seamlessly with district leaders in building capacity of bilingual and ESL teachers. Sara has partnered with many districts in building dual language curriclum and providing professional development on dual language essentials. She has also supported district leaders as they negotiate the implementation of program models for unique language populations in ESL programs. Sara will bring practical strategies that are relevant to your district’s missions while she authentically engages with faculty members.
About the Authors of Cuaderno de actividades LECTURA
Sara Knigge is a bilingual educational consultant who partners with district leaders with high populations of multilingual learners. Sara’s past experiences include: primary multi-age teacher, English as a Second Language classroom teacher, Spanish bilingual teacher, and in higher education as a Spanish as a Foreign Language teacher and ESL/Bilingual endorsement faculty member. While working toward a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature, Sara truly became bilingual as she studied Spanish Literature and Mexican History at La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City, Mexico. Sara 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.
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.
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?