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Alexander, Sosa-Sánchez Installed As Trustees
Dr. Patricia Sosa-Sánchez, EC-6 Program Coordinator and Bilingual/ESL Program Coordinator at the University of North Texas-Dallas, was sworn in as a new school trustee at the June 9 Board of School Trustees Meeting. Dr. Sosa-Sánchez replaces Dr. Dorothy Martinez who has served on the board since her election in 2014.
At the same meeting, Dr. Jim Alexander took the oath of office as trustee for an additional three-year term, a position which he has held since 1993. Both candidates ran unopposed, therefore the election was canceled.
Dr. Alexander serves as professor emeritus of government and former chair of the Department of History and Government at Texas Woman’s University as well as a former Denton City Council member, Dr. Alexander brings a unique blend of academia and practical political experience to the board.
Dr. Sosa-Sánchez began her career in public education in Denton ISD in 2003 working as a Dual Language/Bilingual teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary. She served nine years at Wilson Elementary before a brief, one-year stint at a neighboring district.
Dr. Sosa-Sánchez returned to Denton ISD in 2013 as a fourth grade Bilingual/ESL teacher at Borman Elementary before moving to higher education. She has worked at Texas A&M University-Commerce, followed by Texas Woman’s University and most recently UNT-Dallas.
Dr. Sosa-Sánchez received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2004 and her master’s degree in education from the same school in 2006. Dr. Sosa-Sánchez earned her doctorate in Reading Education with an emphasis on Literacy/Bilingual Education from Texas Woman’s University in 2015.
During her stint in public education, Dr. Sosa-Sánchez has been a pillar in the community. Most recently serving as a community volunteer on the 2018 Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the 2018 Bond and a TWU Alumni Association Board of Directors member.
Editorial Board, Texas Journal of Literacy Education (2019 – present)
Board of Directors, TexTESOLV (2018 – present)
Member, Denton ISD School Bond Committee (2018 – present)
Member, TWU Alumni Association Board of Directors (2017 – present)
International Literacy Association (2007 – present)
National Association for Bilingual Educators (2004 – present)
Bilingual Educators Association of the Metroplex (2004 – present)
Texas Association of Bilingual Educators (2004 – present)
Texas Reading Association (2004 – present)