English for Speakers of Other Languages

Lena Baucum
Lena Baucum was raised in a small town on the outskirts of Eugene, Oregon. In 1993, Lena began attending Western Oregon University with plans to become a middle school teacher. In her third year, she decided to improve her Spanish by studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador. While there, Lena became the Assistant Director in charge of curriculum for the FEPON Language Foundation. Lena returned to Western to graduate Cum Laude with a double degree in Education and Spanish in 1998. She began teaching for Woodburn Public School District that same year as an ESL teacher in the middle grades. She became interested in working with students in their native language. So, after three years of teaching, Lena became a Spanish Reading Resource teacher and also began the two-year training to become a Literacy Coach. After the coaching experience, Lena wanted to apply what she learned in the classroom, so she became a fifth grade teacher in Woodburn’s Spanish/English Bilingual Program. During that time she earned her Master’s degree in from Portland State University in Curriculum and Instruction. She later became a Bilingual Coordinator at the High School level in 2006. Lena enjoys working with both students and staff in the areas of literacy instruction, sheltered English techniques and writing. In her free time Lena plays soccer, reads and creates art.

Liset Gonzalez
Liset was born and raised in Cuba. She has been a language teacher for 15 years and she absolutely loves her career. She attended Havana University in Cuba where she specialized in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. After working in her home country for two years she had the opportunity to live and work in Cape Verde, West Africa. There she refined her teaching skills and became the TEFL coordinator for her school. Working in a multilingual and multicultural environment gave her a better understanding of what diversity really is. In 2001, she decided that she wanted to further her education in the area of language teaching. She attended the International TEFL certificate program in Barcelona and the London Chamber of Commerce program to teach Business English in Madrid. In 2003, she was offered a full scholarship to come to the United States to pursue her Master’s in ESOL at the School for International Training. This new learning experience prepared her for the work she does as a language trainer for Bridge-Linguatec, an international organization that prepares English language teachers to work worldwide. Liset has been working in Woodburn for almost four years. She started as an ELD teacher and after a year she was offered a bilingual coordinator position. As a bilingual coordinator she has developed curriculum, worked closely with parents, teachers and administrators and has organized and conducted teacher trainings, workshops, and professional conferences. She really enjoys teacher education. She currently teaches part-time for the graduate School of Education at Portland State University and the Division of Teacher Education at Western Oregon University. She lives in Woodburn with her husband. She enjoys reading and listening to Salsa music. Her dream is to go back to Cuba every summer.

Jody Wiencek
Jody was born and raised in southern California. Her family spoke Spanish as a second language at home so she was exposed to bilingualism at an early age. Jody has always wanted to be a teacher being in a family of several generations of teachers. She attended the University of California in Irvine, CA where she majored in Spanish and Education. After studying in Guadalajara, Mexico, she refined her literacy skills and began teaching in bilingual programs for many years. In 1992 she joined a team at Las Palmas Elementary School to develop one of the first Two-Way Language Immersion Programs in Orange County, CA. In addition to coordinating the program she also served as a parent since her own children attended the program. Jody was invited to serve as a Professional Development Specialist for The Center for Language Minority Education and Research at California State University, Long Beach. This experience launched her career as a consultant with many schools and programs on a national level. Since then she has consulted in the Pacific Northwest, primarily in Washington and Oregon. Much of her work is with Dual Language Immersion and Bilingual Programs at all grades and stages of development. Jody enjoys working with teachers, students, parents and administrators to refine their instructional skills for developing biliteracy in all students. She believes that biliteracy allows us to communicate and relate with each other to unite diverse communities. She lives near Portland, Oregon with her where she enjoys gardening, exercise and being with family.