Faculty and Staff

Mary Bridgforth

Mary Bridgforth

Adjunct Lecturer

College of Education and Health Professions

(CIED)-Curriculum & Instruction

Phone: 479-750-8706

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Personal and Professional Profile

  • ESL Program Coordinator of district with largest population of English Learners in state
  • Adjunct Professor increasing number of ESL Endorsed teachers in state and district
  • Director of Family Literacy Program engaging parents in children’s education
  • Director of AmeriCorps program improving communication between families and schools
  • Manager of yearly federal budget exceeding $1,000,000

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

  • Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction 2011
  • Ed.S. Curriculum and Instruction 2009
  • Building level administrators license 2005
  • M.Ed. Secondary Education 1997
  • B.A. Political Science, Minor in History 1991

Arkansas Tech University, Russellville

  • M.Ed. TESOL 2007
  • ESL Endorsement 2000

Springdale Public Schools                

Director of ESL Program  (July 2006-present)

  • Coordinate services of over 8800 English Learners in district
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state regulations including use of federal funds
  • Serve as Director of AmeriCorps Program
  • Serve as Director of Family Literacy Program
  • Provide large and small scale professional development to teachers and administrators
  • Evaluate program effectiveness

Federal Programs Coordinator   (July 2005-June 2006)

  • Ensured effective use of federal and state funds
  • Corresponded and collaborated with Arkansas Department of Education
  • Disaggregated and analyzed data for program evaluation
  • Supported principals in development and compliance of school improvement plans

Social Studies and Science Teacher, Helen Tyson Middle School 1997-2001

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Adjunct Professor  (August 2010-present)

  • Teach 4 ESL Endorsement courses
  • Collaborate with University to support data collection needs of students, professors
  • Serve as liaison between district and UA to increase enrollment in English Learner Institute

Arkansas Tech University, Russellville

Adjunct Professor  (August 2008- June 2010)

  • Taught Masters TESOL courses
  • Served as liaison between districts and Arkansas Tech University to increase enrollment in Masters program

ESL Academy Consultant  (August 2010-present)

  • Serve as Springdale ESL Academy site Coordinator
  • Teach at Arkansas Department of Education Summer ESL Academy
  • Collaborate with State Title III Director to incorporate CCSS professional development into ESL Academy ensuring teachers are equipped to assist ELs in meeting CCSS

Fayetteville Public Schools                                                                          

ESL Coordinator, (2003-2005)

  • Developed, managed, evaluated district ESL program
  • Assessed English language proficiency levels of students
  • Increased Parental involvement
  • Developed Alternate Portfolio Assessment
  • Provided professional development including in-services for teachers and administrators

ESL Teacher, Asbell Elementary, (2001-2003)

Fort Smith Public Schools

ESL Teacher, Darby Junior High School, (1999-2000)                                                                        

Berryville Public Schools                                         

World History/American History Teacher, Berryville High School, (1995-1996)

Little Rock Public Schools                            

Social Studies Teacher, Cloverdale Junior High School, (1994-1995)

Presentations/Awards/Offices

  • 2015-16 ARKTESOL President
  • 2014 Arkansas Department of Education presentation for Little Rock Charter Schools: “ELP Standards/CCSS for English Learners”
  • 2013-14 ARKTESOL Vice President
  • 2012 Recognized as Wal-Mart Corporation “Faculty/Student Leader” of the year
  • 2012 National Center for Family Literacy Conference presenter:  “Providing Access to Common Core State Standards for English Learners:
  • 2012 National TESOL Conference co-presenter with Diane August: “Making CCSS Accessible for ELs”
  • 2012 Arkansas TESOL Conference presenter: “Collaborating on ELLs Accessing Common Core”
  • 2011 National School Board Association Conference presenter:  “Engaging Latino Parents in School, Springdale, Arkansas”
  • 2011 National Center for Family Literacy Conference presenter:  “Expanding Family Literacy in Springdale, AR”
  • 2010 ASCD Conference presenter:  “Springdale Family Literacy Program:  Engaging Latino Parents in their Children’s Education”