NVTESOL and CCSD
The NVTESOL board members are composed of dedicated educators who work in different sectors of education. To learn more about the committee members please read below!
Vanessa Mari- President
Dr. Vanessa Mari has worked as an English teacher for the past 8 years. She started her career teaching English as a second language in a public high school in Puerto Rico. Dr. Vanessa Mari has also taught in diverse academic settings including the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, the University of Texas San Antonio and The University of Piura. She has also collaborated with the Ministry of Education in Peru as the English Language Fellow.
Christine Draper- Treasurer
Dr. Christine Draper was a former 5th and 7th grade teacher for Clark County School District and was an Associate Professor of education at Georgia Southern University where she taught future teachers courses on language arts methods, integrated curriculum, young adult literature, and more. She is now an Instructional Designer at Nevada State College where she is a passionate advocate for engaging and innovative curriculum and in supporting faculty in professional development and course design.
Barbara Hasting- Delegate at Large
Barbara Hasting is a Northern Nevada native, with 30 years in education. She’s a graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Hood College, of Maryland. Barbara has taught English Learners from Kindergarten through adults, with a brief stint as a K-4 Spanish Teacher. She currently serves as the EL Coordinator for Elko County School District. One of many projects near to her heart is family engagement, and building on the home-school connection for families of English learners.
Rachael Bower- Secretary
Dr. Rachel Bower is assistant professor of mathematics education at Nevada State College. She previously taught high school in various places across the country. Her research interests examine ways K-12 mathematics teachers create effective learning opportunities in multilingual classrooms. Her work can be found in TESOL’s 2018 publication, Putting Research into Practice: Middle School.
Brad Evans- Vice President
Brad Evans has worked with English Learners for the past 20 years. His career has led him to work with a diverse group of learners ranging from Pre-K to adults from over 100 countries in the contexts of Washington D.C., Poitiers, France, Memphis, TN, Montreal, QC, and Las Vegas, NV. Currently, Brad serves at historic Valley High School as an Instructional Coach and EL Facilitator where he supports faculty by designing and adapting curricula for newcomers and long-term English learners as well as coordinating the EL program for 800 students and professional development for the 160 faculty members. Brad has represented EL students nationally on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Cabinet and locally on the NV DOE State Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council.
Valerie Seals works as an elementary literacy and K-12 English language development trainer for the Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program. Before her work as a regional trainer, Valerie taught 1st and 2nd grade and worked as an Instructional Coach for Clark County School District. She has spent the last 14 years teaching and working with teachers of English learners. She received her Master’s Degree in Advanced Teaching and Leadership and Teaching English as a Second Language. She is passionate about supporting teachers with instructional strategies that result in greater student achievement.