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David Dunstan, Antelope Valley Union High School District, Program Coordinator

Antelope Valley Union High School District
Program Coordinator
Greater Los Angeles Area
In 1998, I started my ESL teaching career in Japan and learned about the TESOL organization and its influence in the ESL profession. Six years later, I returned to California to study for a Masters degree in TESOL at University of Southern California. During 2004-06, I became more involved with CATESOL and learned to appreciate the many opportunities CATESOL provided for networking with other ESL teachers and professors, as well as attend and present at regional and state-wide CATESOL conferences.

In 2007, after earning my California teaching credential, I started teaching English Language Development at Eastside High School in the Antelope Valley Union High School District. I also took on leadership opportunities as the English Learner Coordinator and developed a collaborative leadership style to support administrators, instructional coaches, teachers, students, and parents to build a successful EL program. I also maintained a strong interest in CATESOL and gave a presentation at the 2013 Los Angeles regional CATESOL conference about Long Term English Learners.

In 2014, I graduated from USC with a Doctor of Education, Ed.D., in Educational Leadership and transitioned from teaching to administration. In my current role as a Program Coordinator and administrator at the district office, I provide guidance and support for English Learner Programs at eight comprehensive high schools and two alternative-education sites.

As I look forward, I am grateful for the opportunity remain involved with CATESOL and attend regional and state-wide conferences. This year, it's a privilege to present at CATESOL 2016 to share strategies and resources that our EL team created to roll-out the ELA/ELD Framework. One additional highlight: during Winter 2016, the Journal of School Administration Research and Development, a peer-reviewed academic journal, will publish my article based on research from my doctoral dissertation.