Anna Matis is an educational consultant and the product development manager for Seidlitz Education. Her love of language learning stems from childhood experiences as an immigrant and ESL student herself from Budapest, Hungary. Being proficient in multiple languages, she is passionate about second language acquisition for all ages, sheltered instruction strategies, and research pertaining to heritage language learning and long-term ELLs.
She has led professional development, coached teachers, and created educational products for both teachers and administrators working with ESL students with the goal of helping them better meet the linguistic needs of their students. She has presented locally and nationally on best practices for quality ESL instruction, as well as effective training strategies when working with English language learners.
Anna recently published the book 7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Foreign Language Classroom for LOTE teachers with John Seidlitz, and also co-authored Boosting Achievement: Reaching Students with Interrupted or Minimal Education.
She began her foreign language teaching career as a high school French teacher at Aldine ISD in Houston, TX, and has worked as an ESL Instructional Coach in Round Rock ISD. Anna has an M.A. in Foreign Language Education from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Communication Studies and Art History from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. She joined Seidlitz Education from Region 13 ESC, where she served a dual role of Bilingual/ESL Specialist and Program Manager for the Bilingual/ESL team.
"This training was amazing! Anna totally engaged us in the learning process of the 7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Classroom. Very meaningful and useful!"
“Wonderful linguist and pedagogue. Rather knowledgeable expert in second language acquisition. Her powerful didactic techniques work with both adults and children in acquiring a second, third...umpteenth language. Really enjoyed your workshop, Anna. Keep it up.”
"This training was great. Love Anna’s presentation...easy going, fun, engaging. Wonderful presenter - rewarding workshop."
”This was tons of fun! I love how everything you’ve done is research-based & tied to ACTFL! Thank you!”
“Hands down best training I have ever had! I truly have enjoyed this experience, so much so I’m doubting my choice in my current masters program.”
“It was an amazing experience to be in such an immersive and enjoyable session! Kudos to Anna!”