Certified Trainers - South

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Steve Cawthon

Steve Cawthon

Jackson, GA

Phone: 404-274-3014
Email: cawthon.steve@yahoo.com
Steve Cawthon is an independent educational training consultant in the field of English as a Second Language. He has thirty-one years of experience in the classroom as a special education teacher, English/Language Arts teacher, Gifted specialist and ESL specialist. He has taught and trained teachers for twenty-two years and, most recently, supervised the ESL program at thirty-four schools in DeKalb County Schools, Georgia. Read more
Hilda de León Connell

Hilda de León Connell

Greenville, NC

Phone: 252-717-5625
Email: hd6009@gmail.com
Hilda de León Connell joins WIDA as a certified trainer and is currently living in Greenville, North Carolina. Since entering the teaching profession in 1985 she has taught regular first and second grades, ESL and Spanish at all grade levels including university courses in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and overseas in Malaysia, Southeast Asia. Read more
Ayanna Cooper

Ayanna Cooper, Ed.D.

Atlanta, GA

Phone: 404-723-0872
Email: rarb4@msn.com
Ayanna Cooper is a former English as a Second Language teacher, ELL Instructional Coach, urban education teacher supervisor, and ELL/Title III Director. She has worked with and facilitated professional development for administrators and teachers, both pre-service and in-service, in urban and suburban areas and has worked as an independent consultant. Read more

Debra Frantz

Memphis, TN

Phone: 901-827-6557
Email: dfrantzeduc@gmail.com
Debra Frantz has been a passionate advocate for ELLs over her 20 year career as an educator and teacher leader. She serves as an ESL Instructional Advisor with her school district, a Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) Southwest Core ESL Regional Advisor, and a WIDA Certified Trainer. As a WIDA Trainer, she has presented for her school district, surrounding Memphis area municipal districts, and at the state level for TNTESOL. Read more
Babatunji Ifarinu

Babatunji Ifarinu

Atlanta, GA

404-590-5384
Email: swirlsuccess@gmail.com
Babatunji Ifarinu has been working with a wide variety of students since 1997. He was formerly a sheltered social studies teacher in which he delivered instruction to immigrant and refugee students. Babatunji (Tunji) graduated from Florida A & M University with an undergraduate degree in History and Geography. He earned a M.Ed at Georgia State University in Educational Leadership and Supervision. Read more
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Amy Lacher

Atlanta, GA

770-823-8214
Email:amywlacher@gmail.com
Amy is a veteran educator with over 30 years of experience working at the school, district, and state levels to support language learners and promote culturally and linguistically diverse students. Beginning as a high school Spanish teacher and high school Advanced Placement Coordinator, her career then developed focus upon dual language learners, having served as a consultant in Fairfax County, Virginia's initial Partial Immersion program. Read more
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Tina Manning

Burlington, NC

Phone: 336-263-7383
Email:tinasmanning@gmail.com
Tina Manning is an educational consultant with over twenty years of experience in ESL, both as an ESL teacher in K-12 and as Lead ESL Teacher. Tina's presentations are driven by the conviction that staff development should be interactive, current and applicable to needs of the participants, and she delivers practical training that provides tools to improve ELL instruction. She is committed to tailoring presentations to the needs of each audience. Read more
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Joanne Marino

Hampstead, NC

Phone: 910-616-4722
Email: jgmarino@juno.com
Joanne Marino provides professional development on the English language development (ELD) standards, how these standards connect with the Common Core State Standards and other state standards, and the instructional implications of teaching academic language. Joanne's experience also lends itself to working with State Departments of Education and district committees on instructional planning. Read more
Joy McLaughlin

Joy McLaughlin, Ed.D.

Lewisville, NC

Phone: 336-302-6988
Email: jmclaughlin814@gmail.com
As a national WIDA Consultant, Joy McLaughlin has conducted trainings for teachers all over the US. She is presently an instructor in the MATESOL program at Greensboro College and has taught as an adjunct professor at UNC -Greensboro and UNC - Pembroke. Read more