2016 TASH Conference has ended
Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.

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Debra Cole

Missouri Migrant and English Language Learning (MELL); St. Louis
ELL Instructional Specialist
St. Louis, MO
Debra Cole is a long time K-12 language educator.  After completing a BA degree in Modern Languages and Secondary Education at Wheaton College, in Wheaton Illinois.  In 1985 she began her 20-year tenure with Quincy Public Schools in Quincy, IL where she taught German, Language Arts, ESL, and Spanish.  In 1996, she completed her MA in Elementary Education and in 2004, a second MA in School Administration.  From 2005 – 2009 she served as the Regional Coordinator for ELLs in west central Illinois.  From 2006-2009 she established, developed and directed the Beardstown Dual Language Enrichment program in Beardstown, IL.  Since moving to St. Louis she has taught ESOL in SLPS, and as an adjunct in the MA TESOL program for Webster University and University of Missouri St. Louis.  Currently, she is a part time PhD student in TESOL at UMSL and working as MELL Instructional Specialist in St. Louis.  She resides in Webster Groves, MO with her husband.