Lisa Gonzalves, Treasurer
Lisa Gonzalves Is a doctoral candidate in linguistics at the University of California, Davis (USA). She has been teaching LESLLA learners in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2007, and first became involved in LESLLA in 2011 when she presented her research at the Minneapolis Symposium; she has since attended and presented at LESLLA Symposia in San Francisco, Granada, and Portland. In addition to ESL instruction and research, she has been involved in local, regional, and statewide language education policy and planning initiatives to better serve immigrants and refugees in California. Stemming from her previous work in non-profit immigration legal advocacy and community health, her commitment to LESLLA learners is based on her commitment to social justice issues locally and globally. She currently serves on various boards of local ESL affiliates and is co-founder of a grassroots organization which provides economic and material support to communities in Chiapas, Mexico.
In addition to her studies, Lisa continues to teach LESLLA learners at the same local adult school where her journey began. Her current research focuses on learner’s metalinguistic awareness of language and literacy acquisition, the trajectory of their writing development, and educational policies which surround these learners regarding standards, assessment, and funding.
Lisa’s treasury experience stems from her various coordinator/managerial positions held in public education as well as non-profit settings. In this capacity, she was responsible for budgeting, managing and allocating funds, and producing expenditure reports to support programmatic planning as well as showcase outcomes and impact.