Tina has devoted her career to helping students realize their potential while advocating for linguistic supports and systems that facilitate that growth. She considers it a privilege to share tips, strategies and brain-based research regarding language acquisition with fellow educators.
A lifelong Texas resident, Tina has a unique perspective built from the combination of a rural upbringing in central Texas and a career spent in urban North Texas districts. This unusual combination allows her to empathize and connect with teachers in a variety of settings.
Tina holds a Masters degree in Education with Reading Specialist Certification from Texas Wesleyan and a BA in International Studies from Texas A&M. She lives in North Texas with her amazing son, Andrew, and her delightful cat, Mildred.
Teaching Social Studies to ELLs
This resource offers specific examples of engaging accommodations for all language proficiency levels plus strategies that maximize content mastery while students acquire academic language.
We asked for Tina Beene specifically. She is an excellent trainer. She was able to keep a group of high school teachers, who had just returned to work, engaged the entire time!
~ Denton, Texas, 8/5/19
The raving reviews are still coming in! In fact, other district coordinators requested Tina’s information in order to book her for THEIR training. The training was engaging, relevant, and easily absorbed. There is much work to do with our teachers when it comes to meeting the needs of our Emergent Bilingual students, and we know we want Tina back to dive deeper into Sheltered Instruction as well as supporting us as we continue to build language rich classrooms. Thank you, Seidlitz!
~ Jacksonville, Texas, 8/4/21
Ms. Beene did a great job training our ESL Social Studies teachers. I recommend her workshop and book highly.
~ Rio Grande City CISD
Ms. Beene, our presenter, was phenomenal! 100% of our participants provided positive feedback and commented how they could immediately implement these strategies into their daily instruction. The only complaint from our staff was that they wished this was a 2 day training. Ms. Beene’s passion for supporting emergent bilinguals was apparent in the personal stories she shared and she consistently related her experiences to instruction.
~ Joshua, Texas, 8/10/21
Tina was awesome. She was very knowledgeable, personable, and funny which made our training even better on a Saturday (after the winter break). Many teachers raved about how great and approachable the material was along with her style of presentation.
~ Cypress Fairbanks, 1/12/19
Tina did an outstanding job presenting 7 Steps to a Language Rich Classroom. She had participants fully engaged in learning the steps and provided tools that they can immediately go back and implement in their classrooms. Tina incorporated personal testimonies and humor in her presentation which I believe helped her connect with the participants. I plan on booking another training for next year. As I told Tina, “I have never experienced a “bad” training per say, when attending one from Seidlitz. Thanks so much!
~ Crockett ISD