Dr. Floris Wilma Ortiz-Marrero joined the faculty in the fall of 2012, after twenty two years of teaching ESL/SEI at the secondary level in public schools.  She holds an Ed.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and an M.Ed. in Bilingual/Multicultural Education and Second Language Acquisition, from the same institution.  Her undergraduate in Secondary Education with a minor in Biology is from the University of Puerto Rico. While doing her undergraduate work she attended the Technological Institute of Puerto Rico, where she earned an Associate Degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology.

Dr. Ortiz was the 2011 Massachusetts Teacher of The Year.  From 2009-2012, she served as a clinical faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.   At WSU, Dr. Ortiz teaches courses in Sheltered English Immersion and Learning and Assessment. She is the ELL Initiative Coordinator and Teacher Consultant for the Western Massachusetts Writing Project (WMWP).  She co-designs and co-facilitates professional development for educators of ELLs, in addition, she co-leads ELL Summer Leadership Institutes for the WMWP.  At the national level, she served as a grant reviewer for the National Writing Project ELL Network Leadership Team. She is board member of the Latino Scholarship Association (LSA) and Coming Together, an Amherst based committee. As a teacher leader she has presented at local, state and national conferences on sheltered English instructional practices and other issues regarding ELLs.  She has co-authored two articles published in the National Council of Teachers of English journal.  Among her educational policy experiences, Dr. Ortiz was involved in the Massachusetts Teacher Evaluation Task Force that helped craft the new Teacher Evaluation system and served on former Massachusetts Governor Duval Patrick’s Teacher Advisory Board.  She is the recipient of various awards: the Antonia Pantojas Award (Latino Scholarship Association and Community Foundation of  W Massachusetts), Latino Educational Excellence Award (Governor’s Office), Local Hero Award (Ronald McDonald House Charity),  School of Education Star (UMass), Patricia F. Hunter Award (WMWP) and Sonia Wexler Award (Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools.  She has worked on parent involvement initiatives, developed curriculum, supervised and mentored pre-service teachers. 

Dr. Ortiz enjoys inspirational reading, meditation, exercise and family vacations.