Tim spent the early years of his career as a high school ESL teacher and bilingual educator in the Bronx, New York. In his final position, "Mr. Tim" taught global history in English and Spanish at the International Community High School, one of New York City's 12 newcomer high schools. It was this experience that best helped him understand the true importance of integrating disciplinary language and content, especially through tasks designed to promote small group collaboration. He regards those years as the brightest in his career, and now that he is in Oregon, he continues to draw from those classroom lessons to inform how to support emergent bilingual students throughout the school day.
Since arriving in Oregon in 2012, Tim has worked as a teacher on special assignment in the Oregon Migrant Education Service Center, providing technical support to professionals working in migrant education throughout Oregon. He is also a founding member of the education equity unit at the Oregon Department of Education. In that role, he led initiatives such as Oregon’s transition to new language proficiency standards, as well as the development of the Oregon State Seal of Biliteracy.
At Education Northwest, Tim serves schools and school districts across the country in refining evidence-based programs and instructional practices for emergent bilingual students. He enjoys collaborating with others to develop program tools to support school and district leaders with their emergent bilingual students. He’s particularly passionate about designing standards-based curriculum, assessments and instruction—especially for newcomer students. Tim is a biliterate educator in Spanish and English.
My favorite sound is the hum of a busy classroom. I love engaging my students in compelling, relevant content, while exercising the academic language and analytical skills my students need for school success. At Education Northwest, I get to share this passion with my colleagues through professional learning.