Jacalyn Mahler is a language teacher, author, and educational resource developer. She holds a master's degree in Translation and Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a B.A. in Spanish from Tufts University. Mahler was instrumental in developing two research-based programs adopted by the Texas State Board of Education for English-language learners. She was also a co-author of the Teaching Reading Sourcebook (Arena Press, 1999), a core text for preservice teachers endorsed by the National Council on Teacher Quality. Mahler has received awards for K-1 Spanish picture books, multimedia intervention for adolescent readers, and National Geographic's classroom magazines. Dr. Beatrice Mendez Newman is a professor in the English Department at The University of Texas-Pan American where she teaches first-year writing courses and writing methods classes. Her Ph.D. is from Texas A&M University where she specialized in rhetoric and composition and linguistics. She has a lifetime Texas teaching certificate in secondary English and Journalism, including ESL certification, and works extensively with local teachers in creating student-centered, engaging writing units. Mendez Newman's book, English Teacher Certification Exams in Texas, published by Allyn and Bacon in 2005, is a study guide for the TExES ELAR exams. Mendez Newman's research has been published in collections on teaching writing at Hispanic serving institutions and writing center pedagogy. Sharon Alverson has been a certified elementary teacher in Texas for over 20 years and has held her ESL and Early Childhood certifications for 14 years. Alverson was an ESL District Coordinator in a North Central Texas district for three years, and as the district grew, she became an elementary ESL campus coordinator. As the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) chairperson, she trained all members and administered current tests to students. As TELPAS coordinator for the school district, she trained teachers to be raters and administered the RPTE. Alverson has mentored other campus ESL coordinators and teachers of Pre-K through high school who received their ESL certification. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Olivet Nazarene University. Loree DeLys Evans has been a teacher of English, English as a Second Language, Special Education, and reading intervention in the Dallas, Texas, area for the past eight years. Evans holds a master's degree of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Triple Literacy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a B.S. in Marketing Management from Western Governors University. She is certified in the state of Texas as a Master Reading Teacher and as a Reading Specialist in the state of Texas, as well as nationally. In addition, Evans holds certifications in English, Language Arts and Reading (8-12), English as a Second Language Supplemental, Business Education (6-12), Special Education, and Generalist (4-8).