President – José Trejo, Milwaukee Public Schools
Jose Trejo is an administrator 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 21stcentury education.
Corresponding Secretary – Amanda López, Racine Unified School District
Amanda has been a bilingual and bicultural educator since 2006. She is currently the instructional coach for two dual-language programs. Amanda is passionate about staying up to date on research around dual-language programming to make evidence-based improvements to curriculum. Additionally, Amanda has two children in bilingual programs, one child in a dual language program and her youngest who will join the dual language program once he is three years old. Her children are what make the future of bilingual education of great importance to her.
Recording 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.
Treasurer – Cyndy Mendoza
Members At Large
Eduardo García, Milwaukee Public Schools
Francisca Eugenia Meráz, Milwaukee Public Schools
Francisca holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her family is passionate about language preservation and ensured she was enrolled in developmental bilingual programs through 8th grade. Francisca has several years of grassroots community organizing experience around issues of immigrant rights and public education. From 2013-2015, she worked with Voces de la Frontera as a Youth Organizer supporting the development of the youth group, Youth Empowered in the Struggle. Francisca is a graduate of Miwaukee Public Schools and now proudly serves as an ESL teacher at South Division High School in Milwaukee.
Maricela Aguilar Monroy, Milwaukee Public Schools
Maricela is an undocumented immigrant with DACA. She was born in Mexico, but raised in Milwaukee. She was been an immigrant youth community organizer for over eight years and has worked in Milwaukee, Boston and at times at the national level. In Milwaukee she helped grow Youth Empowered in the Struggle, the youth arm of Voces de la Frontera. In Boston she worked as a mentor for the Student Immigrant Movement. At the national level, she served in the National Coordinating Committee of United We Dream. She is a graduate of Longfellow Elementary, Walker Middle and Hamilton High Schools and is currently an ESL teacher for Milwaukee Public Schools.
Francisco Sánchez, Milwaukee Public Schools
Sarah Shanebrook Smith
Lisette Venegas, Verona Area School District
Lisette Venegas is a Curriculum and Learning Specialist at Country View Elemenatry in Verona, Wisconsin. She is Cuban American and was born and raised in Miami, FL where she began her teaching career. She has been an educator for over 20 years and has worked with Language Learners for most of her career. She has taught Pre-K through 5th grade, Is certified in Special Education, ELL and also holds an administrators license. She is a proud mom to two elementary students who attend the Two Way Immersion Program at Sugar Creek Elementary School within Verona Area Public School. She has previously served as a board member of a non-profit Montessori School and presented at local and national bilingual conferences. Mrs. Venegas believes that being multilingual is an incredible asset in today’s society and that we need to empower students to be proud of their culture and their bilingual abilities.
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.
Life Time Members
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.