The Bilingual/ESL Team


Cody Fernandez – Bilingual/ESL Program Manager & Bilingual/ESL Specialist

Cody Fernandez serves our team in dual capacities – as Bilingual/ESL Specialist and as the program manager for the Bilingual/ESL team. She has been in education for 16 years. She taught Middle School ESL, served as an ESL and Dual Language Coordinator, and as an Assistant Principal before joining the team at Region 13. She has her Masters in Linguistics and is currently working on her doctorate in Bilingual Curriculum and Instruction. • 512-919-5223

Daniel Schaetz: Bilingual/ESL Specialist

Daniel Schaetz is a Bilingual/ESL Specialist. Having spent 4 years at International High School in Austin ISD as a teacher, mentor and instructional coach, Daniel contributes experience with Newcomer ELs, including Refugee/Asylee and SIFE populations.

Prior to International HS, Daniel served Austin ISD for 3 years teaching K-5 Art. During this time he taught in primarily low-SES, high EL population campuses with Bilingual and Dual Language programs. He truly enjoys working with classroom teachers, and advocating for area EL students K-12.

Daniel holds a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and is a life-long learner. In studying current best practice, and working closely with teachers in the districts of Region 13, he strives to explore new ideas and strategies in EL education. • 512-919-5159

Joy Van De Hoef – Bilingual/ESL Specialist

Joy Van De Hoef is passionate about the power of education and empowering others. Aside from being a lifelong learner, Joy has worked as a bilingual: dual language teacher, literacy specialist, curriculum writer, trainer, mentor, and coach. In addition to her Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, she has expanded her professional repertoire by earning numerous certifications to better equip her to support students and educators.

These irreplaceable opportunities have provided a valuable foundation for Joy’s current role as a Bilingual/ESL Education Specialist at Region 13. As a bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural educator, she serves as an instructional resource and advocate for the diverse needs of the EL population. Joy thrives on contributing to student success and is eager to help educators flourish through collaboration during technical assistance, professional development, and coaching sessions. • 512-919-5147

Nancy Sanchez – Program Assistant

Nancy Sanchez is the program assistant for the Bilingual/ESL team. She has provided support in the field of education for 15 years.  In her position, she provides administrative support, prepares for, and helps facilitate workshops, conferences, and institutes.

Nancy is the mother of three children and actively provides parent support for the Campus Advisory Committee, PTA and Booster Club. • 512-919-5319