Ximena E. Zate, Ph. D. , P.D

Interim Director TESOL Education Program

Dr. Zate joined the Professional Education Program in the Fall of 2006 as a full time faculty member in the Linguistics Department and as the Interim Director of the TESOL Education Program. She teaches the TESOL Pedagogical Sequence courses and she also the TESOL certification undergraduate and graduate program advisor.

Dr. Zate recently retired from the New York State education system after thirty one years in the field of educating English language learners. She served eighteen years, as program administrator and Director of the Bilingual/ESL Technical Assistance Center (BETAC) and the Intensive Teacher Institutes in Bilingual/ESL Education in Eastern Suffolk BOCES on Long Island where she provided educational services to over 15,000 English language learners and 650 English as a second language/bilingual teachers and districts administrators in Suffolk County. Dr. Zate has coordinated the publication of several New York State Education Department (NYSED) documents and resource guides addressing the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students in New York State, such as: The Teaching of Language Arts to Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners: A Resource Guide for all Teachers, The Learning Standards for Native Language Arts and The Guidelines Document on Implementing NCLB Reading First Program with LEP/ELLs in New York State.

Her vast experience as an English as a second language teacher, staff developer, curriculum writer, evaluator, coordinator, administrator, university professor and active member of educational and professional organizations has given her the opportunity to contribute in many ways toward the improvement of the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students in New York State. She is an active member of many associations and served as president of NYSABE (New York Association for Bilingual Education) and LIASCD (Long Island Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development). In 1993, she was awarded the Outstanding Hispanic Woman Award by the Latino Children Educational Network (ENLACE). In 1999, she was recipient of the Leadership Award as an outstanding Hispanic educator by ADELANTE of Suffolk County and in 2003, she was selected Administrator of the Year by Eastern Suffolk BOCES. Dr. Zate has a Ph. D. and a P. D. in Reading, Language and Cognition with specialization in ESL/Bilingual Education from Hofstra University. In addition, she holds various NYS Certifications: School District Administrator (SDA), School Administrator and Supervisor (SAS), ESL/Bilingual Administrator Certificate and teaching certificates in: ESL, Reading, Spanish 7-12 and Common Branches.

Her interests are second language acquisition, literacy development and first and second language teaching research methodology.