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Ilhye Yoon came to Maryland from South Korea to earn a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). After earning the degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University, she became an ESOL teacher in Anne Arundel County Public Schools and taught ELLs in grades K-5 for 6 years. After that, she became an ESOL resource teacher and teacher specialist at the county level and worked closely with schools that have large ELL populations to ensure ELLs received effective, best, research-based instruction in order to become successful in school. During that time she facilitated various workshops and taught professional development courses on how to work with ELLs to promote English language development as well as to enhance their academic achievement. In January 2011, Ilhye started a job as a Title III/ELL Specialist for the Maryland State Department of Education providing leadership, coordination, and assistance to local school systems on programs, projects, and activities that promote ELLs’ academic achievement and family involvement.
Laura Hook serves an English Language Learner and Title III Specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education. In this position, Laura provides leadership, technical assistance, and guidance to Local Education Agencies in the development and implementation of curriculum and instruction as well as with the administration of assessments for ELLs. Prior to joining MSDE in December 2013, Laura served as the Coordinator for the ESOL Program in the Howard County Public School System. She also offered instructional support as an ESOL resource teacher for the elementary schools, an ESOL teacher, and a special educator in Howard County Public School System. Laura received an advanced certificate in Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University in 2005. She also attended the University of Maryland in Baltimore County to receive a Master of Arts Degree in Instructional Systems Development in 2003. She graduated from Duquesne University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Laura is a member and board member of FIRN and MDTESOL and was president of MDTESOL in 2012-13.