Who We Are

The New York State Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (Language RBERN) provides ongoing support to educators of limited English proficient/English language learners (LEP/ELLs) in districts and schools statewide by offering technical assistance, professional development, resource materials, and the dissemination of information that strengthens the teaching and learning of students of English as a new language, and students of languages other than English. As part of the NYS Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network, the focus of the Language RBERN is to promote high academic achievement for LEP/ELLs from various target languages and cultural backgrounds.

Mission

The Mission of the New York State Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (Language RBERN) at New York University is to provide support services and professional development to the New York State educational community to improve instructional practices and educational outcomes of Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners (LEP/ELLs).

Vision

The Vision of the Language RBE-RN is to build the capacity of the educational community to enable Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners (LEP/ELLs) and students of Languages Other Than English (LOTE) to reach their full potential, become life-long learners, and successfully contribute to an ever-changing global society. The work for the NYS Language RBE-RN is guided by the New York State Education Department Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies (NYSED OBE-FLS).

Staff

Nellie B. Mulkay, Executive Director
Nellie B. Mulkay currently serves as the Executive Director of the New York State Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (Language RBERN) at New York University. She is a bilingual science educator with forty years of experience in the public school sector, primarily at the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) where she had held numerous teaching and leadership positions. In addition to her service as principal at the elementary and middle school levels, Ms. Mulkay also served as Regional Instructional Supervisor for bilingual and ELL programs in Brooklyn. Upon retiring from the NYC DOE, Ms. Mulkay served as a program director at Lehman College, CUNY, followed by service as the Director of the NYS Spanish Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center at NYU since 2006. In higher education, she served as an adjunct professor of education at the Touro College Graduate School of Education.

Ms. Mulkay holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Biology from Brooklyn College; an M.S. in Science Education, Grades 7-12 from the College of Staten Island; an M.A. in Spanish from Brooklyn College, and has completed all course requirements towards a Ph.D. at NYU (ABD) in Bilingual Education/Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Mulkay holds permanent New York State certification as a School District Administrator, and teaching certificates in Biology and General Science, grades 7-12 (Bilingual Spanish). She also holds several supervisory licenses from the New York City Department of Education, including Education Administrator licenses, middle school and high school Principal licenses, and teaching licenses in Common Branches and Bilingual (Spanish) Biology and General Sciences, 7-12.

Ron Woo, Deputy Director
Ron Woo is the Deputy Director of the New York State Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (NYS Language RBERN) at New York University. He is an experienced educator and administrator in public school and higher education for more than 45 years and continues to serve in this capacity. During his more than 36 years at New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), Mr. Woo has served in multiple senior administrative and policy leadership positions, including associate/special assistant to deputy chancellors, superintendent for monitoring and school improvement, executive director for the integrated service centers, executive director for special education, deputy executive director for human resources, assistant director for equal educational opportunity, citywide coordinator for ESL programs, among others. Upon retiring from the NYC DOE, Mr. Woo served for five and a half years as Hunter College’s director of alternative teacher certification programs including bilingual education, ESL and foreign languages. He continues to serve as a senior policy associate (consultant) at the City University of New York and teaches graduate educational leadership courses in education policy and law at the Bank Street Graduate School of Education.

Mr. Woo holds a B.A. in Education from Brooklyn College; an M.A. in TESOL/Applied Linguistics from New York University, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Mr. Woo holds permanent New York State certifications as a School District Administrator and as a School Administrator Supervisor along with teaching certificates in Childhood Education and TESOL. He also holds several supervisory licenses from the New York City Department of Education, including Education Administrator and Principal, as well as teaching licenses in Common Branches and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Myriam Augustin, Resource Specialist
Myriam Augustin has more than 30 years of experience in the U.S., southern and western Africa, and Haiti. Her expertise encompasses bilingual and English as a second / foreign language (ESL/EFL) education, teacher education and training, international education, elementary education, senior-level administration and supervision, curriculum development, and educational research. Through her years of service she has held various positions at the NYC Department of Education, and as the Director of the Haitian Bilingual ESL Technical Assistance Center at City College (HABETAC), Ms. Augustin is a respected leader in the NY Haitian community, known for her advocacy for both immigrant students and their families, and quality conscientious education for all. Ms. Augustin has been a member of the CUNY-Haiti Initiative where she has taught at several public universities in Haiti. In 2013, she founded the MCA International Consulting LLC with the goal of providing services in education in the NY Metropolitan area and abroad.

Ms. Augustine holds two Masters Degrees from the Bank Street College of Education and is completing an Ed. D. in International Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

José V. De La Cruz, Resource Specialist
Jose V. De La Cruz is a Resource Specialist of the New York State Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (NYS Language RBERN) at New York University. Prior to retiring from the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), Mr. De La Cruz worked as Director of Bilingual/ESL Programs for the Chancellor’s District, Assistant Principal, Regional Instructional Supervisor, English Language Learners Instructional Compliance and Instructional Specialist for the Office of English Language Learners-NYC DOE and adjunct lecturer in the Bilingual Education Master’s Program at the College of New Rochelle and Brooklyn College from 1992 to 2012. Mr. De La Cruz completed his 25-year tenure at the NYC DOE, and then joined the NYS Language RBERN at NYU as a consultant specializing in reviews using the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE).

In addition to his rich instructional and supervisory experiences, Mr. De La Cruz has a solid background in teaching in the Spanish Bilingual and English as a Second Language programs, having earned a B.A. in Education/TESOL from the University of Puerto Rico, an M.A. in Bilingual Education from Long Island University and a Supervision and Administration license from City College of New York.

Yolanda Delgado-Villao, Resource Specialist
Yolanda Delgado-Villao is a Resource Specialist with the New York State Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (Language RBERN) at New York University. Although she began her career at the New York City Department of Education as a Pupil Accounting Secretary, Ms Delgado-Villao subsequently held many positions for the NYC DOE as a Bilingual Guidance Counselor, Bilingual Guidance Counselor Coordinator, Superintendent’s Suspension Hearing Officer, Assistant Principal of Pupil Personnel Services, and Assistant Principal of English Language Learners and Special Education Compliance. Ms Delgado-Villao has vast experience in training principals, assistant principals, deans and guidance counselors on issues related to student support services. She has also served as a bridge between schools and the community. Ms Delgado-Villao has an M.S. in Guidance and Counseling and an Advanced Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Hunter College.

María V. Díaz, Resource Specialist
María V. Díaz is a Resource Specialist of the New York State Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (NYS Language RBERN) at New York University. Prior to retiring from the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE, after 32 years of service, Dr. Díaz served as Deputy Superintendent for the Division of English Language Learners and its Director of Program Review. She was part of the team which implemented and supported the NYC DOE’s Recommendations supporting the education of English Language Learners. Upon retiring from the NYC DOE, she served as a consultant and later joined The College Board as they opened schools in high-needs communities serving urban youth. She helped implement the mission of The College Board - that all of the students in a school of The College Board school would not only graduate from high school but would be ready for college success. After seven years at The College Board, she joined the NYS Language RBERN at NYU.

Dr. Díaz has served as a business subjects teacher, assistant principal, elementary and middle school principal. She has been an adjunct professor at Long Island University and at Bank Street Graduate School of Education. She holds an M.A. in Education, a professional diploma in Administration and Supervision, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. She also holds several supervisory licenses from the NYC DOE, including Educational Administrator for Curriculum and Instruction and Professional Development as well as teaching licenses in business subjects and bilingual education.

Marie-Alix Emmanuel, Resource Specialist 
Marie-Alix Emmanuel worked for the New York City Department of Education for more than 29 years where she continuously took on ever increasing positions of leadership – starting as a teacher, to staff developer, and to school leader in a Pre-K to 8th grade school. She joined NYU in the summer of 2015 bringing with her a myriad of experiences in Haitian Bilingual Education, English as a second language, special education, early childhood education and middle school education.

Ms. Emmanuel graduated with a BS from City College, an MS from Queens College, and a Professional Diploma from St John’s University. Ms. Emmanuel have also studied Homeland Security at Long Island University and is currently a doctoral candidate at Northcentral University in Education Leadership.

Archangelo Joseph, Resource Specialist
Archangelo Joseph had spent twenty (20) years within the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) in various positions: Bilingual Teacher, Citywide Resource Specialist, Mathematics Coach, and Assistant Principal. At NYCDOE within the Office of English Language Learners (OELL, formerly Office of Bilingual Education/Office Curriculum & Instruction ), he participated in the development of numerous instructional guides for teachers, the most notable of which were Math Power (Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8) and Math Power ESL (Non-Graded). Mr. Joseph has also contributed to the calibration of the New York City Performance Standards in Mathematics and the New York City Performance Standards in Science. Fluent also in French and Haitian Creole, he has been a long-standing translator of educational documents, the most recent of which have been the review of NYS Bilingual Common Core Initiative (BCCI) mathematics materials in Haitian Creole for classroom practice.

Mr. Joseph holds a Master of Science in Education (CUNY-City College) and a Certificate of Advanced Study (College of Saint-Rose - School Administration & Supervision). He is currently completing his doctorate in Educational Leadership at Concordia University Chicago.

Gloria M. Ortiz, Resource Specialist
Gloria M. Ortiz spent 39 years at the New York City Department of Education in multiple positions, including Bilingual teacher, Director of Bilingual and ESL services, and Attendance and ESL Liaison in CFN 201. She was part of the team that worked on the first publication of the ESL Standards. She was the founding Principal of Horizon Academy, an alternative high school that provided educational services to incarcerated adolescents. She is also an avid advocate of the disengaged youth in the city. She is a founding member of Getting Out-Staying Out, a mentoring agency that supports young men released from incarceration. She worked in the Alternative High Schools for over 15 years.

Ms. Ortiz is a graduate of Fordham University. She holds a master’s degree in Bilingual Education from Hunter College and a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the City College of New York.

Nicole Baron Rosefort, Resource Specialist
Nicole Baron Rosefort is a Resource Specialist with the New York State Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (Language RBERN) at New York University. Ms Rosefort began her New York City Department of Education teaching career during the late 1960s, years of constant struggle for civil rights and Bilingual Education. Born in Haiti, she attended Holy Name School in NYC, went on to Cathedral HS and later, received a BA and MA from Hunter College, and a Professional Diploma from LIU. Among her varying responsibilities, Ms Rosefort has served as District Trilingual Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant to the Superintendent, and Director of Literacy. Ms Rosefort’s final position prior to joining the Language RBERN at NYU was Director of the NYS Haitian Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center (HABETAC) which supported Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners (LEP/ELLs). When HABETAC was merged into the Language RBERN, Ms Rosefort joined the Language RBERN at NYU.

Clotilde Santana-Eccardi, Resource Specialist
Clotilde Santana-Eccardi retired from the New York City Department of Education after 32 years of service where she held various positions at the public schools and district offices such as: English Language Learners Resource Specialist, Staff Developer/Compliance and High School Assistant Principal of Organization/Administration. Ms. Santana-Eccardi, additionally served as an Adjunct Professor at Touro College-Humanities Undergraduate School. She has also worked as a consultant at the Center for Integrated Teacher Education (CITE) specializing in English language learners.

Ms. C. Santana-Eccardi holds a B.A in Puerto Rican and Latin America Studies from Brooklyn College, a M.S. in Early Childhood/Bilingual Education, and a Professional Diploma in School/District Leadership from Long Island University. She also holds several supervisory licenses from the New York City Department of Education, including Education Administrator/Supervisor, Principal in the Elementary and High Schools, as well as teaching licenses in Common Branches and ESL.

Nancy King Wang, Resource Specialist
Nancy King Wang worked for the New York City Department of Education for more than 30 years. She served as an ESL teacher, a Chinese language teacher, a bilingual guidance counselor and an Assistant Principal of Administration for 16 years. She has been involved in the creation of many effective programs aligned with the New York State Common Core Learning Standards and has created programs for all students including English Language Learners regarding multiple pathways to college and career readiness. Ms. Wang has also taught in the College Now Program at LaGuardia Community College. As a committed member of the community, she is current serving as President of the Association of Chinese-English Bilingual Educators East Coast of USA.

Ms. Wang graduated from Beijing Teachers Training College. She holds a master degree in Bilingual Education and ESL Teaching from City College of New York (CCNY); a master’s degree in Applied Psychology and School Counseling from New York University, and a post Master's degree in School Administration and Supervision from St. Johns University, including Principal and District Administrator's licenses.

Jessie Morisset Cadeau, Project Associate
Jessie Morisset Cadeau is currently a Bilingual Project Associate at the New York State Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (Language RBERN) at New York University. She has over twenty years of experience in the field of administration. Previously, Ms Cadeau spent seven years as the Bilingual Administrative Assistant for the NYS Haitian BETAC (HABETAC) at Brooklyn College. She is fluent in English, French and Haitian Creole.

Xiomara Rodriguez, Project Associate
Xiomara Rodriguez is a Bilingual Project Associate for the New York State Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (Language RBERN) at New York University. Ms Rodriguez holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia University, where she was a member of the Serrano’s Scholars Program for Foreign Affairs. She became fluent in Spanish while in Ecuador, where she lived and traveled extensively. Prior to her work at NYU, Ms Rodriguez was a dedicated and successful Office Manager/Administrative Assistant at the NYS Manhattan/Staten Island Bilingual/ ESL Technical Assistance Center (BETAC) at Hunter College, CUNY.

Dang T. Khuu, Project Associate
Dang Khuu is serving as a Project Associate with the New York State Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (NYS Language RBERN) at New York University. She has 30 years of administration and financial/budgeting experience in both the private and public sectors. At the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) Ms. Khuu provided the administrative and operational support for its U.S. Department of Education funded Title VII programs for English Language Learners (ELLs). Most recently, she served as the project associate for the New York Statewide Asian Languages Bilingual Education Technical Center which supported the delivery of services to the Asian language speaking ELLs across New York State.

Ms. Khuu has a B.A. in Accounting from Baruch College and an M.A. in Education from Long Island University. She is fluent in English and Vietnamese, and has a working knowledge of French.


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