Veronica Maria Gallardo is currently the director of English Language Learners and International Programs for the Seattle Public School District in Seattle, Washington. As the director, Veronica works on behalf of 6500 ELL students who speak over 101 different languages. This position includes overseeing professional development for over 300 ELL teachers and instructional assistants, working with nine talented ELL coaches and managing an 11 million dollar budget that includes Title III, Title I Migrant, Refugee Impact Grant, and the State Transitional Bilingual Education Program. She was awarded the Kreielsheimer Fellowship by the University of Washington in 2003 and in 2002 she was awarded the ‘Give a Teacher a High Five’ award. Her research will focus on English Language Learners, specifically on successfully creating an educational system that supports Students with Interrupted Formal Education throughout the nation. Veronica received her Master’s in Teaching degree at the University of Washington in 1998 and taught for the next six years as a 4th and 6th grade teacher at Woodin Elementary. In 2004, she completed the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington. From 2004-2008 she was the principal at Wedgwood Elementary and has served in her current role as director of ELL and International Programs for three years.