Meet Our Executive Board

President

Lori Menning

CESA 6

Lori currently serves as WIABE President. Prior, she was WIABE board member-at-large since 2019 where she had the opportunity to collaborate with a dedicated team of bilingual leaders passionate to move our organization forward even through the most challenging times of the pandemic. Being able to represent our affiliate and collaborate with other NABE affiliate leaders from throughout the country has been an empowering experience for Lori which she looks forward to building upon to enhance our organization. She brings over 20 years experience in education including 16 years as a secondary bilingual-bicultural teacher and district bilingual coordinator. This is her fourth year as EL and bilingual-bicultural consultant at CESA 6. She earned both her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Director of Curriculum and Principal licenses from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Past President

Jose Trejo

Milwaukee Public Schools

Jose Trejo is the principal at South Division High School, which is one of the most diverse high schools in the state. It also houses the largest bilingual program at the high school level in the state of Wisconsin. He is also the proud father of an elementary age boy that attends a bilingual elementary school within Milwaukee Public Schools. He has previously served in a number of non-profit boards, including as president of the board of the largest immigrant rights organization in the state, Voces de la Frontera. Mr. Trejo has also served on the board of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, where he advocated for a number of initiatives around bilingual education. As a proud product of public, bilingual education, Mr. Trejo believes that in an increasingly multicultural and multilingual society, bilingual and multilingual education is an integral part of a 21st century education.


Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Ana Celia Báez

Milwaukee Public Schools

Ana earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a proud product of Milwaukee Public Schools and is currently a Bilingual High School Counselor for Milwaukee Public Schools-South Division High School, the largest bilingual school in the state. Ana previously worked for the PEOPLE Pre-College program where she provided Social/Emotional, Academic and Career guidance and curriculum for low income, first-generation students of color from Wisconsin. She is committed to continuing to play an active role in identifying and removing barriers which hinder our English Language Learners from pursuing and achieving academic success.

Amanda López

Racine Unified School District

Hola, hola. My name is Amanda López. I am a wife, mother of 4 (soon to be 5), host mother, dog owner, and educator. This is my 17th year in education. I have worked in both maintenance bilingual programs and dual language programs, as well as, working in Mexico teaching content in English at a private school. While I was teaching dual language kindergarten I served as a bilingual unit leader to bring the information and messages from the central office information back to my building staff. Then, I moved into a coaching role before my current role of dual language curriculum coordinator for the Racine Unified School District. I have been a member of WIABE since 2017, when I was selected as Educator of the Year from my school; I currently serve as the corresponding secretary of the WIABE board.



Members at Large

Rosamaría Laursen

Beloit School District

Rosamaría is a Member-at-Large for WIABE since 2019. As a product of the Milwaukee Public Schools’ Bilingual Education Program, she has dedicated her career to the education of multilingual learners. Having begun her career in MPS, she currently works in the School District of Beloit as the Biliteracy Instructional Leadership Coordinator and as the District Reading Specialist. Rosamaría earned her principal and director of instruction certifications through the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Rosamaría lives in Beloit with her science teacher husband of 21 years, their four children, two dogs, mini macaw and numerous fish and frog tanks.

Sarah Sheinbrook Smith

Kenosha Unified School District

Sarah Shanebrook Smith graduated from UW Whitewater in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She earned a Master’s of the Arts in Language and Literature (Spanish) from UW Milwaukee in 2007 and began working in education as a Spanish and ESL teacher that fall. In 2017 she earned a second Master’s from UW Milwaukee in Administration and Educational Leadership. Her work in education includes six years of teaching Spanish, Spanish for Spanish Speakers, and English as a Second Language. Sarah also worked as an adjunct instructor teaching Spanish for UW Milwaukee through the continuing school of education for five years. Sarah began working for the Kenosha Unified School District in 2013 as the Coordinator of Language Acquisition Programs and still serves in that role. Sarah joined Carthage as an adjunct instructor in the fall of 2017. During her work with Kenosha Unified School District, Sarah has also served on a variety of state level committees for the Department of Public Instruction, including a taskforce for linguistically diverse students and also co-wrote the Wisconsin Seal of Biliteracy.

Luz Chaparro Hernández

Milwaukee Public Schools

Luz has been a dedicated and passionate bilingual educator in MPS and WIABE member for twenty-four years. She feels very strongly regarding the importance of bilingual education in the lives young people and their families, as it has been her life’s work. During this twenty-four year period, Luz raised her three sons and focused on being the best bilingual teacher she could be. Now that her children are grown, she is excited to dedicate herself to the promotion of bilingual education accross the state of Wisconsin.

Alondra Garcia

Milwaukee Public Schools

Being a first generation DACAmented educator and a proud daughter of immigrants, Alondra, has taken upon the opportunities of being bilingual. However, she has come across many challenges due to her identity such as having limited access to public resources that are easily attainable to others because of a difference in “status”. Nevertheless, she has learned to embrace her identity and use it to empower herself in her journey to educate others about the immigrant community and their contribution to society. Within her time in the MPS district as a proud MPS graduate and now as a 2nd grade bilingual teacher, she has come to understand the countless inequities the bilingual program encounters. Thus, as a new board member at large, she plans to network, educate, and collaborate with other neighboring districts about their implementation of bilingual programs in order to bring a more equitable bilingual education to her district.

Cynthia Mendoza

Milwaukee Public Schools


Ivelis Perez

Milwaukee Public Schools

Ivelis Perez is the School Support Teacher at Escuela Vieau in Milwaukee Public Schools. Prior to becoming an educator, she was the Executive Director of Alianza Latina Aplicando Soluciones, an organization that serves children with disabilities and their families. Ivelis Perez has over 10 years of experience in bilingual education, early childhood education and nonprofits. She earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Bilingual Early Childhood and Master’s degree in Educational Leadership with Director of Curriculum and Principal licenses from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Ivelis has served the WIABE board as President (2015-2017) member at large (2013-2015) and is excited to rejoin the board as a member at large to continue advocating for multilingual learners.



Amy Barratta

Kenosha Unified School District

Amy Baratta is an ESL teacher in the Kenosha Unified School District. She has worked with English Learners at both the elementary and middle school levels. Amy is also part of the district's ESL leadership team. As part of this team, Amy has been instrumental in developing the district's ESL program plan, and has been a part of writing the ELD curriculum for the middle schools in the district. Furthermore, she has provided ESL insight to both the English and Social Studies departments for writing their curriculum. Amy holds a masters in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in ESL from Concordia University. Currently she is working to obtain a second masters in Director of Instruction and Administration from UW- Milwaukee.



Dulce Rosas Bucio

Milwaukee Public Schools

Dulce Rosas Bucio, is a wife, a mother, & daughter of Mexican immigrants. Born in Mexico city & raised in Milwaukee, WI. She attended Forest Home Ave School, Kosciuszko Middle school & St. Joan Antida High School. This is where her journey began as a proud bilingual student. At an early age she was taught to love her culture & honor her language but most importantly to be proud of who she was as a Mexican American. She is a first generation college graduate from UW-Milwaukee, who earned her degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in School Counseling. She has 20 years of experience in education, currently working at Milwaukee School of Languages as a Bilingual School Counselor. Her passion is working with the youth & parents, bridging two worlds with new traditions all while staying connected to their roots. She is honored to serve WIABE & her community as a new board member-at- large.

Gregory Cramer

University of Wisconsin Parkside

Gregory Cramer is Associate Professor of Bilingual/Bicultural Education and Chair of the

Teacher Education Department at UW-Parkside, where he created licensure programs for ESL and Bilingual Education. Prior to UW-Parkside, Dr. Cramer taught for 15 years in Milwaukee Public Schools. He taught bilingual social studies at South Division High School, co-founded Advanced Language and Academic Studies (ALAS) High School, and taught at Riverside University High School. He is the proud father of two bilingual daughters who graduated from MPS, and his wife, Elsa, is a K4 bilingual teacher at La Escuela Fratney. Dr. Cramer’s research centers on undocumented students in K-12 schools. He earned his Master’s and PhD degrees from UW-Milwaukee and his Bachelors from Dartmouth College.

Juan Baez

Milwaukee Public Schools

Dr. Juan Baez is the proud father of three daughters who attend Milwaukee Public Schools. He is currently the Principal at Milwaukee School of Languages at Milwaukee Public Schools. Dr. Baez has a strong commitment to bilingual education and believes that all children should have the gift of bilingualism/multilingualism with access to an equitable and quality public education. Dr. Baez believes that all children are capable of amazing achievements when they receive the right opportunities.


Francisco Sánchez

Milwaukee

Francisco “Pancho” Sanchez graduated from Marquette University in 2014 with a degree in Spanish and Sociology. He worked as a Bilingual Special Education Teacher for 4 years. He is a huge advocate for bilingual education and education reform that uplifts the multicultural and multilingual realities of the students, families, and communities we serve. Francisco currently serves as the Community School K5 Manager within the Milwaukee Community School Partnership.

Lifetime Members

Mildred Olson

Milwaukee

Mildred has been part of the Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education executive board for the last 25 years. She is currently the COA Youth Development Director. Mildred was born in Guatemala City and came to Milwaukee in 1982, and within a few months found herself wanting to be involved in bilingual education. She began her career at Allen-Field School. For 13 years, she was a leader in parent engagement, involved in bilingual, multicultural and dual language education, adult learning and ESL. During the following 16 years, Mildred was the after school and summer program club manager for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee where she advocated and supported the education of English Language Learners and their families. Mildred is excited to continue to support bilingual education through WIABE, as she has for the past 25 years.

Gloria Gonzalez

Milwaukee


Kathryn Henn-Reinke

Milwaukee

Kathy began her professional career as a bilingual second and third grade teacher in Milwaukee and loved every minute of these experiences. She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a Master’s degree in reading. While working on her doctorate in Urban Education, she was the assistant project implementer of a dropout study of 5 cities in the U.S. (including Milwaukee). After finishing her education, she served as the bilingual coordinator at Alverno College and then became the co-director of the ESL/bilingual program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she co-managed several federal grants that licensed more than 350 ESL/bilingual teachers in Wisconsin. Over the years, she has done consulting with many districts, colleges, and universities on assessment, bilingual education, and biliteracy. Her research interests include intervention and instruction with bilingual learners, development of biliteracy, and trilingual education. She has published 5 books in these areas.

Eduardo Garcia

Milwaukee Public Schools

Eduardo García was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas México. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Guadalajara. During his 8-year stint in the northern region of the state of Jalisco, he served as Field Inspector and Head Credit Director of Banrural, a governmental agency whose mission was to finance the primary agricultural and forestry production in compliance with the important task of lending and supporting low-income producers. During the market crash of 1987, he relocated his family to Milwaukee. He began his career as an educator, starting at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and eventually becoming a certified bilingual teacher. He obtained his master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UW-Milwaukee, as well as acquired his licenses in Leadership and Program Director. With a career in Milwaukee Public schools that stretches more than 32 years, Mr. Garcia has served in various capacities within MPS including serving as a paraprofessional, fifth-grade teacher, Science teacher, Program Implementer, GED Instructor for Hayes after school program, and Assistant Principal. A scientist at heart, Mr. García began a Science Enrichment Club at Hayes Bilingual in 2000. Seeing gender disparities in participation and retention prompted the establishment of Científicas de Milwaukee working alongside his wife and two daughters. Additionally, Mr. García currently serves on the board of the Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education as a lifetime member.