TWIN-CS Design Team

Elena Sada

Elena Sada, Ph.D.

Elena Sada, Ph.D. – TWIN-CS Program Director

Elena comes to Boston College from Eastern Connecticut University, where she was an assistant professor and director of their online bilingual education program. Throughout her 20-year career as an educator, Elena has served as supervisor of ESL, World Languages, and Dual Language Programs in New Rochelle, NY, and West Hartford, CT; as a board member for Upper-West Success Academy in NYC; and as a board member of New York's Brilla Prep Schools, a charter school network with a Catholic approach. Sada has a master’s degree in Supervision and Administration of Schools and Districts from Hunter College, CUNY; a master’s degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas; and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from the University of Connecticut.

Maria Estela Brisk

Maria Estela Brisk, Ph.D.

Maria Estela Brisk, Ph.D.  – Emeritus Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College

Dr. Brisk’s work focuses on language and education—individually and where they intersect. Teaching since the mid 1960s, her expertise has centered on how literacy and bilingualism are developed. After joining the Lynch School in 1999, Brisk served as Chair of the TESpECI Department from 2007–2012. Brisk earned her first degree from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina, her master’s degree from Georgetown University, and her doctorate from the University of New Mexico. She recently won the AERA Bilingual Research SIG Lifetime Achievement Award and was appointed chair of the 2018 International System Functional Congress. Her illustrious career includes dozens of book and scholarly journal publications, as well as speaking engagements around the world. Brisk has been a translator, Spanish instructor for the U.S. Peace Corps, and even served as an expert witness on several court cases on desegregation and bilingual education. She was a long-standing member of the Board of Editors for the Bilingual Research Journal.

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Laura Hamman-Ortiz, Ph.D.

Laura Hamman-Ortiz, Ph.D. – TWIN-CS Leadership Coach, Midwestern Region

Laura Hamman-Ortiz, Ph.D., serves as a leadership coach for TWIN-CS. She currently is a postdoctoral research associate with the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education and the Department of Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity (EECD) in the School of Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Laura is an educational linguist whose research explores how to effectively and equitably support language and literacy learning in bilingual classrooms. In this role, she is collaborating with Dr. Millie Gort and Dr. Vanessa Schwarz on a three-year, design-based research study that explores the impact of a genre-based approach to writing instruction for emergent bilingual students. Laura is also part-time faculty with the English as a New Language (ENL) program within the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at the University of Notre Dame. In this position, she teaches graduate-level courses on second language acquisition, supports two-way immersion program development at Holy Cross Elementary School (South Bend, Ind.), and leads professional development workshops on ENL methods for Catholic school teachers around the country.

Mariana Lima Becker

Mariana Lima Becker

Mariana Lima Becker – Doctoral Student, Curriculum & Instruction

Mariana Lima Becker is a doctoral student in curriculum and instruction at Boston College. She has taught English as a foreign language for several years in Brazil and is a licensed English as a Second Language teacher in Massachusetts. Her research interests involve bilingual education, education and immigration, and second language literacy development from a sociocultural perspective.

Susan McGilvray-Rivet

Susan McGilvray-Rivet

Susan McGilvray-Rivet, Ph.D. – TWIN-CS Leadership Coach, Eastern Region

Dr. McGilvray-Rivet is the recently retired principal of Barbieri Elementary School in Framingham, Massachusetts. In 1990, Barbieri opened one of the first Two-Way Bilingual programs in the state. Prior to serving as the principal, she served as the Director of Bilingual and Sheltered English Programs at the district level. Her 43-year career in public education in Massachusetts also includes serving as an elementary principal in Topsfield and as Bilingual Program Coordinator and Elementary Spanish Bilingual Teacher in Lawrence, MA. Her primary interests are in supporting Two-Way Immersion teachers and leaders and in family involvement. Dr. McGilvray-Rivet has bachelor's degrees in elementary education and Spanish from Wittenberg University, and she completed her master's and doctoral degrees at Boston University.

Leticia Oseguera

Leticia Oseguera

Leticia Oseguera – Leadership Coach: New Leaders

Leticia Oseguera is the principal of Mater Dei Juan Diego Academy in San Diego, Calif., where she joined the faculty in 2017. She has 14 years of teaching experience at the high school level in public and Catholic schools. A product of bilingual education herself, Leticia migrated with her family from Michoacán, México, to the United States as an 8-year-old, and is committed to educating the next generation of bilingual, faith-filled global leaders. She has a master's degree in educational leadership and administration from St. Thomas University, a master's degree in education with an emphasis on second language acquisition from Claremont Graduate University, and a bachelor's degree in Spanish literature from the University of California, San Diego. 

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Gloria Ramos Gonzalez, Ed.D

Gloria Ramos Gonzalez, Ed.D – TWIN-CS Leadership Coach, Western Region

Gloria Ramos Gonzalez, Ed.D., serves as a leadership coach for TWIN-CS and is an educational consultant for the PDS Team with the California Association for Bilingual Education. She has been in the field of education since 1996. Over this time, she has been a bilingual classroom teacher across several school districts, a bilingual reading specialist, and consultant. She also has worked in academic language research. Gloria earned a doctorate from the University of Southern California and holds a master's of education degree in language and literacy from Harvard University with a reading specialist credential focused on second language acquisition. Her undergraduate work is in liberal studies and psychology from Mt. St. Mary’s University, with a minor in Spanish from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico. Gloria has presented her original research at the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and is currently working on publishing her first book on academic language development. She has her own consulting firm,, that provides professional development workshops to school teams and helps districts develop their literacy and dual language programs. She has extensive experience developing dual language curriculum and has many years of literacy coaching experience in both Spanish and English settings.

Martin Scanlan

Martin Scanlan, Ph.D.

Martin Scanlan – Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Higher Education

Martin Scanlan, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. Before joining the academy, Scanlan spent more than 10 years as a teacher and administrator. He primarily worked in urban settings, in schools serving traditionally marginalized students in Washington, D.C., Berkeley, Calif., and Madison, Wis. This laid a foundation for his teaching and scholarship interests, which focus on how schools can be organized to more effectively welcome all. Scanlan’s research primarily focuses on the organizational routines and practices of adults in schools, including the policies and procedures that shape these. While attending to multiple dimensions of diversity, his work has looked most carefully at how schools across sectors—including Catholic schools and public schools—can better serve students who have diverse cultural and linguistic heritages, as well as students with special needs. Scanlan has an extensive record of scholarship in academic journals reporting this work. He earned a bachelor's degree from Catholic University of America, a master's degree from Trinity College, and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.