Board of Directors

Margaret Mulhern, Ph.D
IABE President

Margaret has earned her Ph.D. in Literacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and M.A. in TESOL from Temple University. She is currently a clinical faculty member in the Department of Literacy, Language and Culture at Boise State University where she teaches courses ELL and Bilingual Education, with an emphasis on applied linguistics and assessment for language learners.  She has taught in numerous settings over the past 30 years and worked as a consultant.

Kelee Robinson
IABE Vice President 

Kelee earned her BA in English and Spanish teaching from Brigham Young University and MA in curriculum and instruction with a  bilingual emphasis from Boise State Univeristy. She has taught language arts, Spanish, English as a new language, and now co-teaches multiple subjects, including language arts, math, and biology at Kuna High School. Recent endeavors include co-teaching biology online through the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, as well as contracting with the Idaho State Department of Education as a co-teaching grant evaluator.

Marta A. Hernandez
IABE State Secretary

Marta is a teacher at Burley Junior High School. Her current teaching position includes teaching the subjects of Geography/US History and History & Culture of Ballet Folklorico. She received her BA in Elementary Education from Idaho State University and her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in ESL/Bilingual Education from Boise State University. Marta participates in national, regional, and local organizations in which education is improved or enhanced and health care is accessible.

Zulema Macias
IABE Treasurer

Zulema  has taught 36 years and is currently teaching 4th grade at White Pine Intermediate in Burley.  Previously, she was the Head Teacher and ESL teacher at the Newcomer Center in Burley for 11 years. She earned an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in ESL/ Bilingual Education from Boise State University.

Mary Garcia
Magic Valley Chapter President

Mary earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Idaho State University, M.A. degree in Curriculum and Instruction and M.Ed as Educational Specialist from Northwest Nazarene University. Mary has taught with the Minidoka County School District for 20 years.  She is currently teaching 4th grade at Rupert Elementary and is the Mobile Device and Integration Specialist for the school.

Patricia Hines Stephens
Treasure Valley Chapter President

Patricia holds a  M.A.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, and  a B.A. in English Education.  She holds endorsements in Bilingual Education and ESL.   Her teaching experience includes elementary, middle school, high school, and college.   She currently works at East Valley Middle School as EL Coordinator and co-teacher.   Travel abroad has influenced Patricia’s educational emphasis.  In 2006 she traveled to Kyrgyzstan on a Fulbright teaching grant to present workshops to teachers.    She later hosted a Fulbright teacher from Slovakia at her school.  Patricia also lived for a year in Central America, in the country of Honduras, where she taught at a bilingual school.  Other travels include Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Nicaragua.  She has previously served on the board of IABE in the capacity of Vice President.

Todd Zollinger
SNAKE RIVER Chapter President

Todd is the current EL Coach/Director for Jefferson Joint School District #251. He graduated with a BA in History Education, with minors in TESOL and Spanish Education, from BYU-Idaho in 2013 and completed his MS in Educational Administration from Arkansas State University-Online in 2015. He currently oversees all of the instructional programs serving EL students in his district, including an EL Coaching Model where he provides continuous Professional Development for general education teachers throughout the school year. Recent endeavors include Field Supervisor for Western Governor’s University, teaching EL courses online for BYU-Idaho, and a joint project with the State Department of Education and the Idaho Digital Learning Academy to create and implement English Language Development courses online for recent immigrants at the secondary level.

Alissa Metzler
State Representative

Alissa has a B.S. in Elementary Education and EL endorsement from the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND). She holds a Master’s degree in Reading from the University of Mary (Bismarck, ND). Currently, she is completing her dissertation for her Ph.D. in Teaching & Learning with an emphasis in Teacher Education from the University of North Dakota. She has 11 years’ experience as an EL teacher and district EL Program Coordinator. Presently, she is the State EL and Title III Programs Coordinator at the Idaho State Department of Education.