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John Hilliard, President of Paridad
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Maggie Essig

Maggie offers educators that serve English learners a wealth of imaginative ways to utilize technology as a catalyst for language development, student engagement, and content area achievement. She has leveraged her expertise and experience with meaningful educational technology and ESL strategies to create digital resources for English learners, their families, and their teachers to enhance students’ learning in all contexts.  Maggie also provides patient guidance when coaching educators in building their own Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) so they can expand their collaborative relationships with other innovative educators.  In addition to serving as a Paridad associate, Maggie also contributes to Paridad as a social media strategist.





Wrigley Field is one of my favorite places in the world, and I’ve kept score at almost every game I’ve attended since I was 7 years old.

My Dogs
My Dogs

My dogs Stanley Pup and Chelsea Dagger (named after the Chicago Blackhawks) are always excited to see me at the end of a long day!

My Family
My Family

My family instilled in me the value of learning, traveling, and advocating for others.


As a child I identified with Matilda from Roald Dahl’s Matilda because she loved reading as much as I loved reading.

San Miguel
San Miguel

I love to travel and explore new countries and cultures. One of my favorite places to travel to is San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.


Educational technology (and especially Twitter) transformed me as an educator by allowing me to connect with and learn from innovative educators from around the world.

  • Technology and Digital Learning

  • ESL Methods

  • Special Education



  • Coordinator, English language learner programs

  • Teacher, ESL/bilingual

  • Educational Technology Explorer in a 1:1 program



  • M. Ed., Educational Leadership, American College of Education, 2014

  • M. Ed., Instructional Leadership, University of Illinois, 2008

  • B.A., Psychology, University of North Carolina, 2006



  • General Administration & Supervision
  • Elementary Education
  • Bilingual Education (Spanish)
  • ESL
  • Gifted
  • Learning Behavior Specialist I
  • Bilingual Learning Behavior Specialist II
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