Summer camp, reception bring together partners in bilingual education program

On June 10, faculty, administrators, alumni and students from Fort Worth ISD and UNT gathered to commemorate the start of the 2013 Future Bilingual Teachers' Academy, a 4-day summer camp that responds to the state's growing need for highly qualified teachers of English language learners.

Speakers at the special reception included UNT's President V. Lane Rawlins, UNT's College of Education Dean Jerry Thomas, FBTA Coordinator Rudy Rodriguez, Fort Worth ISD's Assistant Superintendent of Human Capital Management Sammy Monge and FWISD's Elementary ESL Director Guadalupe Barreto.

UNT alumna and first generation college graduate Amy Molina also addressed the group and described her own experience earning a college degree. "When I came to UNT, was like a life-changing, wonderful, positive experience‚ÄĒbecause of the people in the Bilingual/ESL department," she said. "I had wonderful mentors, I had amazing experiences. I was able to graduate because of the support and the education I was provided at UNT."

Molina is a fifth grade bilingual teacher at Lee Elementary in Denton ISD and was recently named the Bilingual-ESL Education Association of the Metroplex's (BEAM) Bilingual Teacher of the Year. She has served as a chaperone and mentor teacher for the Future Bilingual Teachers' Academy program.

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High school senior Ilse Ramos prepares a poster under the supervision of bilingual teacher Cynthia Aquino during UNT's Future Bilingual Teachers Academy in Wooten Hall on the UNT campus in Denton, Texas, on June 12, 2013. Michael Clements/UNT.


President V. Lane Rawlins addresses the reception guests on Monday, June 10 at Apogee Stadium.