Paula Johnson, Ph.D.

Paula Johnson, Ph.D., is director of the IDRA EAC-South, leading the center’s technical assistance and professional development pertaining to diversity, cultural competency and disproportional disciplinary actions against students of color. She holds a bachelor of science in math and a minor in computer science from Prairie View A&M University, a master of arts in education with a concentration in instructional technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a master of science in progress with a concentration in mathematics from Prairie View A&M University. She earned her doctorate in the Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research foci include: (1) curriculum and instruction related to females and minorities in math and science, (2) equity in education, and (3) learner identity. She also is certified in secondary mathematics and has successfully completed the LEAD (Leadership Experiences for Aspiring Deans) program of the Northside Independent School District.

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Hector Bojorquez, B.A.

As IDRA’s Director of Operations, Mr. Bojorquez oversees IDRA’s numerous projects that provide training and technical assistance to school districts and other education-related agencies. He recently served as co-director of the IDRA EAC-South and continues to serve as part of the center’s staff team. He has worked in education for more than 17 years in roles ranging from education specialist for a regional education service center to writing curriculum and training to teaching in a bilingual elementary school classroom. Mr. Bojorquez has his bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Texas at Austin and his certification in elementary education: pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, bilingual education and English as a second language.

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Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., is an IDRA senior education associate and lead trainer. Currently serving as the professional development team leader for IDRA, he brings extensive experience in working with school personnel, parents and students. His career in education spans four decades and has included teaching at the high school, middle school and elementary school levels. Mr. Montemayor believes in the power of community engagement for leadership development and effective education. He was the lead developer of IDRA’s Family Leadership in Education model.  Mr. Montemayor received a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from St. Edwards University Austin and a master’s degree in bilingual education from Antioch Graduate School of Education in Ohio.

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Felix M. Montes, Ph.D.

Felix Montes, Ph.D., an IDRA research associate, has more than 25 years of experience in both evaluation and research. He earned a doctorate in educational psychology with a concentration in measurement and research of learning on the early years and a minor in management information system from the University of Arizona. Dr. Montes has conducted numerous evaluations of educational programs designed to improve educational quality and opportunity for all children, especially those with a minority language background.

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Sulema Carreón-Sánchez, Ph.D.

Sulema Carreón-Sánchez, Ph.D., is an IDRA senior education associate focusing on teacher professional development, particularly in serving English language learners. In addition, she provides training and technical assistance in assessment strategies, bilingual and sheltered instruction techniques among many others. Dr. Carreón-Sánchez earned her doctorate in leadership studies from Our Lady of the University. She received her master’s degree in education with a concentration in bicultural-bilingual studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a bachelor’s degree in education with a concentration in bilingual/ESL and kindergarten. She is certified in elementary and middle school bilingual education, ESL and kindergarten. Additional certifications include mid-management and supervisory certificates (PK-12).

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