Dr. Mónica Lara - Educational Consultant, Seidlitz Education
Dr. Mónica Lara's enthusiastic approach to teaching and learning in English and Spanish is the trademark of her educational career. Her roles in education include experience as a teacher, reading specialist, assistant principal, and educational specialist in the areas of dyslexia and bilingual/ESL education.
Dr. Lara's biliterate and bicultural belief system is engaging, invigorating, and refreshing when she delivers her signature message: Enseñanza para todos (teaching for all).
Dr. Lara has led numerous State initiatives and has served as a state trainer for English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS); Spanish Language Arts Reading/Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills/College and Career Readiness Standards (SLAR/TEKS/CCRS); Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC), and LEER MAS.
In addition, she assists districts to evaluate their Bilingual/ESL programs to insure accountability and implementation of best practices for English Language Learners (ELLs). Dr. Lara holds a Masters of Arts degree in reading and a Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy, and Language, a testament to her commitment to and belief in teaching all learners. Her research interests include early reading assessment and biliteracy education.
DR. GILBERTO D. SOTO
Gilberto D. Soto began to play the guitar at the age of twelve. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Universidad Autónoma del Noreste, Dr. Soto came to Texas to study music at Abilene Christian University. He graduated with honors (Cum Laude) from ACU in 1986 and received a second Bachelor’s Degree in Music. Dr. Soto then was awarded a full fellowship from the University of Southern Mississippi in order to continue his graduate studies in Music, where he received his Master’s Degree in Music Performance in 1988 and his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Music Education in 1995.
Some of the institutions where he has taught include Monterrey Tech, Universidad Autónoma del Noreste, University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Hinds Community College, Vidal M. Treviño Magnet School, and Laredo Community College, where he was the Department Chairperson from 1998-2001.
Dr. Soto is a member of the Guitar Foundation of America, the South Texas Classical Guitar Society, and the Texas Council for the Arts and the Texas Music Education Association. He is also part of the subcommittee on Higher Education for the Texas Association of Music School and is currently serving as a member on the board of trustees for the Laredo Center for the Arts and the Instituto Cultural México-Laredo. Dr. Soto has recently being appointed as Chairman for the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Texas A&M International University.