Valerie Hales received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of North Dakota with an emphasis in reading. She spent several years working for a private reading clinic in the testing and teaching of struggling readers. She began as a teacher in the public schools in 1985 where she taught grades K-8 for 18 years. She participated in a Fulbright Teacher Exchange to England in 1993. Beginning in 1998 her work shifted to that of a teacher educator with Brigham Young University’s teacher intern program. Currently she coordinates the ESL endorsement program for inservice teachers through the CITES Office (Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling) of Brigham Young University in partnership with five school districts and supervises the practicum experience required for the TESOL K-12 minor of BYU preservice students. She has assisted in the development of ESL courses through the TELL Project (BYU ESL Endorsement Through Distance Education) and has taught these courses on the BYU campus. She is a participant in research for the English Language Acquisition National Professional Development Grant of the BYU/TELL Project through mentoring paraprofes- sionals who were seeking Alternative Teacher Licensure in Utah, and providing data from completing hundreds of teacher observations. She has been involved in the development of new standards for ESL endorsed teachers through the Utah State Office of Education. She appears as a co-author on a text used in BYU’s TESOL minor program as well as an article in the Journal of Teacher Education.