Shawn Slakk is the VP of Operations, a Senior Consultant and Master Coach Margarita Calderón and Associates. He is co-author and developer of new professional development sessions for all levels of educators, focusing on whole-school implementation, administrative support and coaching. As a former Certified WIDA Trainer and Title III SIOP Coach, Shawn brings a wide understanding of a variety of strategies and how they relate to ELs, language acquisition and lesson delivery.
He is the former Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL) Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education where he and his team were responsible for developing, implementing, training trainers and evaluating a Sheltered English Instruction endorsement course for administrators and classroom teachers. The RETELL endorsement is required in Massachusetts to obtain or retain an educator license with more than 40,000 teachers and administrators earning this endorsement. Throughout his career, Shawn taught ESL in grades K-University, Spanish across all grade levels and curriculums, and even once taught Japanese to K-2 students. He has served as an elementary and middle school administrator, served at the Central Office level as a district coach and as a state level coordinator. He started his teaching career teaching Adult ESL at Spokane Community College in Washington state.
Shawn has two bachelor’s degrees, English Education K-12 and Spanish Education K-12, from Whitworth College, a master’s degree in English: Teaching English as a Second Language from Eastern Washington University and a second master’s in School Administration from the University of North Carolina: Greensboro; he is completing his Ed.D at the University of Virginia with a focus on Reading Instruction.