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Anna Matis - Product Development Manager
Anna Matis is an educational consultant and the product development manager for Seidlitz Education. Her love of language learning stems from childhood experiences as an immigrant and ESL student herself from Budapest, Hungary. Being proficient in multiple languages, she is passionate about second language acquisition for all ages, sheltered instruction strategies, and research pertaining to heritage language learning and long-term ELLs.
Anna recently published the book 7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Foreign Language Classroom for LOTE teachers, and also coauthored Boosting Achievement: Reaching Students with Interrupted or Minimal Education.
She has led professional development, coached teachers, and created educational products for both teachers and administrators working with ESL students with the goal of helping them better meet the linguistic needs of their students. She has presented locally and nationally on best practices for quality ESL instruction, as well as effective training strategies when working with English language learners.
After several years of working in corporate communication and adult education, Anna began her foreign language teaching career at Aldine ISD in Houston, TX, and has worked as an ESL Instructional Coach in Round Rock ISD. She joins us from Region 13 ESC, where she served a dual role of Bilingual/ESL Specialist and Program Manager for the Bilingual/ESL team. Anna has an M.A. in Foreign Language Education from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Communication Studies and Art History from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX.