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Dual Language Immersion in Wyoming

Location: Room 1237 (PIC)

Target Audience: K-12

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Abstract: This panel includes leaders in Dual Language Immersion programs from different districts in the of Wyoming. Each panelist brings a unique perspective from their Dual Language Immersion program. The discussion will provide information on the history of each district’s program as well as historical background of dual language immersion programs nationally, which will include the purpose for DLI both nationally and locally. In addition, different models of DLI programs will be discussed and the districts will share information on their programs. The panel will share collaborative work that is underway to create unity throughout the state as DLI programs continue to expand. A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion with hints on how a district can start a DLI program and impact language learning for all students.


Scott EastmanScott Eastman serves as elementary principal at Munger Mountain Elementary School, Teton County's magnet school for their dual immersion program, and coordinator of the district's K-12 dual immersion program. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Scott began his career as a secondary science teacher in Forestville, Maryland and has also taught in Chicago, Illinois and Quito, Ecuador. He has been working as a school administrator in Teton County since 2010. A Spanish speaker, Scott is passionate about bilingual education and supporting English language learners. He holds Wyoming endorsements in Biology 6-12, Science 5-8, Physical Education 6-12 and Principal K-12. Scott has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Virginia, a Masters Degree in educational leadership from DePaul University, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wyoming. Most importantly, he is a die-hard Cubs fan.

Kerri ShannonKerri Shannon started her career working with language learners in 1989. After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin, her first teaching jobs were working with students that were ESL in bilingual education settings in Houston, Texas. Shortly afterwards, she moved to the Texas/Mexican border where she worked in various aspects of bilingual education as a teacher, a curriculum and instruction coordinator, and on a leadership team that opened dual language immersion schools in Laredo, Texas. She obtained her doctorate degree from Texas A&M University with her dissertation research focused on Wyoming districts’ and the growing population of ESL students in the state. After consulting work with Puerto Rico, she returned to public schools to open the first dual language immersion school in Gillette, Wyoming.

Bertine BahigeBertine Bahige has been the principal at Rawhide Elementary School in Gillette WY for the past three years. His school houses an ESL program for the Campbell County School District where he also helped to expand the districts Dual Immersion Program to include his school two years ago. Bertine is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and still enjoys traveling the world. He speaks five different languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Swahili. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with his Bachelor Degree in Mathematics and Mathematics Education and earned his Masters in Education from South Dakota State University. Bertine previously taught Mathematics at Campbell County High School for ten years and working directly with ELL students throughout his time at the high school. He helped to create targeted interventions to support ELL students across the high school. As an ELL student himself, Mr. Bahige brings a wealth of knowledge through his first-hand experience. Mr. Bahige has recently presented in front of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on the Global Refugee Compact Text Adoption.

Brett ThielbarBrett Thielbar Brett Thielbar is the principal of Paradise Valley Elementary School in Natrona County School District. Paradise Valley Elementary is one of two K-5 Dual Language Immersion Programs in Natrona County. PV houses the Mandarin program that serves over 400 students from around the district, 200 of which are learning the target language and culture. Native to Wyoming, Brett has a Bachelor of Arts in Science Education, Masters Degree in Education Leadership and is pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.


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