Beth Clark-Gareca, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of the TESOL program at SUNY New Paltz. She also directs a New York State Education Department grant designed to better meet the needs of ELLs in the state. Her research interests include classroom-based assessment for ELLs, second language acquisition, and teacher education in K-12 contexts. Before coming to SUNY New Paltz, Beth was a lecturer in the TESOL/Applied Linguistics program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Beth has taught ESL and Spanish in a variety of educational settings including K-12 classrooms, adult literacy programs, community colleges, and undergraduate and graduate academic programs. She currently serves as the co-chair for the Teacher Education division within NYSTESOL. Beth enjoys international teaching and has taught at Wuhan University, in Wuhan, China, at Surabaya State University, in Surabaya, Indonesia, and at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, in Córdoba, Argentina where she was a Fulbright Scholar. Her current projects explore the linguistic worlds of students with interrupted formal education (SIFE) in secondary classrooms, and on assets-based thinking about students and their scholastic trajectories.