Loyola University Chicago

- Navigation -

Loyola University Chicago

Chicagoland Partners for English Language Learners


The CPELL staff coordinate numerous activities funded through the federal National Professional Development Grant.  The CPELL staff, along with other Loyola faculty, are also engaged in a variety of community events, and research presentations and conferences


Dr. Marla Israel Co-Principal Investigator--Administrative Support
Dr. Elizabeth Vera Co-Principal Investigator--Parental Support
Dr. Amy Heineke Teaching Support
Dr. Kristin Davin Teaching Support
Nancy Goldberger Program Director
Daniel Camacho Graduate Assistant
Angela Hoepf Graduate Assistant


Dr. Marla Israel--Co-Principal investigator and Administrative Support   

Marla Susman Israel, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago, teaching courses such as School Administration, School Human Resources, School Improvement and Ethics in Human Resources.  Before joining Loyola University Chicago in 2003, Marla was a public school administrator and consultant specializing in minority and poverty education for fifteen years.  As an administrator, under her direction, the Joseph E. Hill Center was designed and created serving Evanston/Skokie SD 65’s Early Childhood and administrative services.  As a scholar-practitioner, her current research interests include school improvement and organizational change, human resources, ethics in education, and leadership preparation.  She has published numerous articles that can be found in The Educational Forum, Planning and Changing, and The NCPEA Yearbook.  

Dr. Israel's curriculum vitae

Dr. Elizabeth Vera--Co-Principal Investigator and Parental Support   

Elizabeth Vera is a Professor in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University Chicago in the School of Education. She received her Ph.D. in 1993 from The Ohio State University.  For 15 years, Dr. Vera has worked extensively with parents of urban adolescents and children in both clinical settings and in school-based parent-child support programs.  In 2002, Dr. Vera received the Early Career Scientist-Practitioner Award from Division 17 of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Vera’s recent publications are in the areas of prevention, urban adolescents, and social justice issues in psychology.  She teaches classes in Prevention, Human Development, Adolescence, Family Therapy, and Multicultural Issues.

Dr. Vera's curriculum vitae

Dr. Amy Heineke--ELL Content Specialist and Teacher Professional Development

Amy Heineke, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Bilingual and Bicultural Education at Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on teacher preparation for English language learners, linguistically responsive pedagogy and practice, and language policy. Her pursuits in teacher education are guided by her prior work as an elementary teacher in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Heineke's Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Kristin Davin--ELL Content Specialist and Teacher Professional Development

Kristin Davin, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Foreign and Second Language Education at Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on second language proficiency assessment, Dynamic Assessment, Vygotskian approaches to language pedagogy, and foreign language teacher preparation. Her work has recently appeared in Canadian Modern Language Review, Foreign Language Annals, and Language Teaching Research.

Dr. Davin's Curriculum Vitae

Nancy Goldberger--Program Director

Nancy Goldberger is the CPELL Project Director. Beginning in 2009, she has served on both CPELL grant programs. Nancy received her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago in 2000 and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Women Studies and Gender Studies. Before joining Loyola University Chicago’s CPELL program, Nancy has built her career in education and publishing. Serving as an elementary educator after graduating from Concordia College, Nancy also has 15 years in the field of publishing, highlighted by 40 awards for her work as senior editor of Lutheran Woman Today magazine and creator of CAFÉ e-zine for the Women of the ELCA.

Nancy Goldberger’s resume

Daniel Camacho 

Daniel Camacho was born in the Bronx, NY, and raised in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. During college, after working for the Upward Bound program and as a coordinator of a tutoring organization, Daniel understood he wanted to work with low-income students in an inner-city environment. Since college, Daniel taught for 2 years as a middle school teacher through Teach for America, worked as an academic counselor, and a psychology research assistant. His past experiences have allowed him to see a pressing need for programs that foster the social and emotional development of students in schools and such awareness will motivate his PhD studies in the Counseling Psychology program.

Daniel Camacho's Resume

Angela Hoepf 

Angela Hoepf joined the CPELL team in the fall of 2013 as a graduate assistant. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program here at Loyola. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, OH where she first learned about the research process and realized the benefits of campus-community relationships. She is looking forward to serving and learning from the CPELL community.

Angela Hoepf's Resume


Chicagoland Partners for English Language Learners
funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition
School of Education · 820 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312.915.6318 · E-mail: cpell@luc.edu

Notice of Non-discriminatory Policy