Raydel Hernandez, PhD


Raydel teaches English as a Second Language at M-DCPS, English for Academic Purposes and English Composition at Miami Dade College and other language courses at the English Language Institute at FIU.

Amanda deVarona, EdD


Amanda is a lecturer in the Intensive English Program at the University of Miami. She currently teaches English and Spanish full-time. She has a Doctorate Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida International University.

Lucas Katz


Lucas is a professor at Miami Dade College. Currently, he is overseeing an ESOL program at Miami Dade College. He has a Master’s Degree in TESOL and a Master’s Degree in Spanish. He is a specialist in Spanish, Mandarin and Linguistics.


Our Miami Dade TESOL is a professional platform for all teachers who want to share best pedagogical practices to effectively teach in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms in today’s global environment.

We are a chapter of Sunshine State TESOL, a place where teachers and researchers meet to deepen theoretical background (ESOL and bilingualism) and advocate for the rights of English Language Learners.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) is a leader in Florida in world-language instruction. It is committed to ensuring students fully acquire a second language and become bilingual and biliterate citizens. Some statistics show the Enrollment in Bilingual Programs in MDCPS by 2018-2019:

World Language- Spanish (K-12)

  • 59%

Haitian Creole for Creole Speakers (K-5)

  • 1%

World Language Other than Spanish (6-12)

  • 6%

Dual Language Program (K-5)

  • 10%

English for Speakers of Other Languages (K-12)

  • 24%

Second Language Teaching and bilingual education in Miami got its biggest boom in modern times when many Cubans immigrated to the area after the Cuban Revolution in 1959. The Coral Way experiment was a great example. It started offering ESL instruction and later a bilingual program.

All these years, the Dade County School District has given students access to ESL instruction and foreign language programs which have set an example nationwide. Many others institutions have been committed to the teaching learning process of ESL such as The University of Miami with its Intensive English Program, Florida International University with its English Language Institute, among many others.

Another example is Miami Dade College with its English for Academic Purposes Program, which fulfills an important mission in assisting the immigrant population in the Miami-Dade County area to learn English so learners can pursue their studies into mainstream America.