The Office of Bilingual Education

Mural of folklorico dancers

Mural by Raul Valdez, c. 1978 at the Pan American Recreation Center at Zavala Elementary, in Austin, Texas.

Photo of Mark O'Reilly

Program Co-Chair
Mark O'Reilly

Photo of Cinthia Salinas

Program Co-Chair
Cinthia Salinas

Since its establishment in 1972, the Office of Bilingual Education (OBE) has pursued a programmatic training, research, development, and dissemination agenda focused on improving the quality of educational services provided to bilingual and English Language Learners  (ELLs). OBE assists faculty interested in developing programs and services for ELLs and helps develop proposals to secure external support for these activities. Emphasis has been given to generating financial support to increase the number of qualified personnel available to serve ELLs, including bilingual education, English as a second language, and bilingual special education teachers. Emphasis is also given to developing proposals for projects that will advance the knowledge base associated with best practices in educating these learners.

Faculty Directory

Name Programs Phone E-Mail
Mark O'Reilly
Professor & Program Co-Chair
Special Education SZB 374A, 306G
(512) 475-6552
markoreilly@austin.utexas.edu
Cinthia Salinas
Professor & Program Co-Chair 
Cultural Studies in Education, Social Studies Education SZB 406
(512) 232-5182
cssalinas@austin.utexas.edu
Adriana Alvarez
Assistant Professor
Bilingual/Bicultural Education SZB 440E adriana.alvarez@austin.utexas.edu
Claudia Cervantes Soon
Assistant Professor
Bilingual/Bicultural Education SZB 406 ccsoon@austin.utexas.edu
Lucy Camarillo May
Lecturer, Bilingual Education Teacher Preparation Program Coordinator
Bilingual/Bicultural Education
EC-6 Bilingual Teacher Certification 
English as a Second Language (ESL) - Undergraduate​
SZB 440D
(512) 471-3434
camarillo-may@austin.utexas.edu
Nayelli Ramos
Clinical Assistant Professor, Bilingual Education Teacher Preparation Program Coordinator
Bilingual/Bicultural Education
EC-6 Bilingual Teacher Certification 
English as a Second Language (ESL) - Undergraduate
SBZ 242L nayelli.ramos@utexas.edu
Haydeé Rodríguez
Clinical Assistant Professor, Bilingual Education Teacher Preparation Program Coordinator
Bilingual/Bicultural Education
EC-6 Bilingual Teacher Certification 
English as a Second Language (ESL) - Undergraduate
SZB 440
(512) 232-5750
taina@austin.utexas.edu