Meet the Team
Tanya has served as Mid-State's RBERN Coordinator for the last seven years. Prior to her current role, she served as a Lead and ENL teacher for the New York City Department of Education. Tanya holds a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism from Hofstra University, a Masters in TESOL Education from Lehman College and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College.
Maria is a retired World Language teacher from the Solvay School District. She has 30 years of teaching experience, speaks 5 languages, and is National Board certified. Maria is devoted to positively impacting student achievement. She is passionate about accomplished teaching, professional collaboration and reflective practice. Maria’s focus at Mid-State RBERN is to support districts with their World Language and ENL programs including the State Seal of Biliteracy, encouraging and strengthening multilingual, multicultural experiences for all students. She is the lead trainer for the Syracuse delegation of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute.
Collette is a full-time Resource Specialist at Mid-State RBERN with over 20 years of teaching experience working with diverse learners, including English language learners, at the adult, college, and K-12 levels as well as teaching abroad, and hold New York state certifications in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and ESOL. Her educational background is in the areas of Linguistics, World Language, TESOL, and Childhood Education. Areas of focus include: ENL/BE support, NYSESLAT Passage and Item Adjudication, Parent Engagement, SIFE, Migrant Education, PRHYLI and event coordination.
Yanira was born in Colombia where she studied Teaching English and Spanish as Foreign Languages, and Language Acquisition. She holds a Masters degree in Education from Wake Forest University. She has taught for over 20 years in Early childhood, K-12 and Teacher Training between Colombia, Germany and the US in NC, DE and NY. She has experience in language programs such as teaching English/Spanish as foreign languages, bilingual and ENL programs. Among her areas of interest are Bilingual Education, Early Childhood education, Culturally Responsive teaching, Mindfulness and Neurolinguistics among others.
Kimi received her Master's Degree in TESOL from the University at Albany. While in graduate school, she taught English to elementary students in Gangnam, South Korea. Kimi spent the past 12 years teaching ESOL for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) where she primarily worked with Newcomers and SIFE students at the secondary level. In addition, she wrote ENL curriculum and served as an ESOL Department Chair for FCPS. Her passion includes advocacy for ELLs, integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Strategies for Success skills into English classes.
Janna is a full-time resource specialist at Mid-State RBERN. She has served as both a World Language and ENL Teacher for the last nine years in Central New York. She holds NYS certification in Spanish 7-12 and ESOL K-12. Janna has served students primarily in the Middle, High School, and parochial settings. Janna's areas of interest include the Seal of Biliteracy, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and ENL Program Support.
Austin is a full-time resource specialist at Mid-State RBERN. He has worked for the past six years as an English as a New Language (ENL) teacher in both New York City and Central New York. He holds a NYS certification in TESOL K-12, and a CAS in School Building Leadership. Austin is very interested in culturally responsive curriculum, teacher development, and social-emotional learning.
Part-time PRHYLI Trainer
Kenneth joins Mid-State RBERN as a trainer for the Puerto Rican Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute for the Mid-State region. Additionally, Kenneth will be providing translation and interpretation support and assistance for Mid-State RBERN's student and parent outreach initiatives. A PRHYLI alumnus, Kenneth is a graduate of Le Moyne College with a bachelor's degree in Spanish.