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Carmen Perez Hogan’s lifelong goal has been to make the educational opportunities that exist for native English speaking children in America available to English language learners with limited English proficiency. She was a teacher and administrator in New York City, director of the bilingual teacher education programs at SUNY-Albany and the coordinator of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Bilingual Education. She graduated from the New York City public schools, and earned a B.A. from Saint Joseph’s College and an M.A. in ESL from Hunter College. Before retiring from the NYSED in 2005, Carmen participated in shaping policy and programs for LEP/ELLs in certification, regulations, funding, and in the development of New York’s English Proficiency Test. Carmen served as president of NABE, the Puerto Rican Educator’s Association, and New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is the recipient of numerous awards; her most cherished honor was being adopted into the Seneca Nation of Indians in western New York. Carmen was born in Vieques, Puerto Rico.