NNETESOL’s executive board officers are President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, Publishers’ Liaison, Web Master, and six Regional Representatives: two representing each state of the tri-state association. The Executive Board is a group of volunteers (most of whom serve from one to three years) that meets several times a year to implement policy matters, conduct the daily business of the association, produce conferences and oversee its work.
2018 – 2019 Executive Board
Stephanie N. Marcotte has been on the NNETESOL board since 2014. She was the NNETESOL Publishers Liaison from 2014-2016 and the President Elect from 2016-2017. She is an ESL Adjunct Professor at Holyoke Community College (HCC), a TESOL teacher trainer at Hampshire College, and a doctoral candidate through the University of New England. During her time at HCC she had taught a variety of academic ESL classes to students of all levels, languages, cultures, and ages. She also was accepted to receive two Mini Grants allowing her to (1) provide free conversation groups for ESL students of all levels and (2) give diversity and teacher trainings to nursing faculty. At Hampshire College, she worked as a teacher trainer in training for three consecutive TESOL certificate programs. After which, she created and ran her own TESOL certificate program using the Hampshire College experiential model of learning. This program will run again this June 2018. Lastly, she is in the middle of her second semester at the University of New England where she is pursing a Ed.D in educational leadership through the lens of TESOL teacher support. Previously, she worked as a Fulbright Advisor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Stephanie received her MATSOL from the SIT Graduate Institute and her BA from Hampshire College. For more information about Stephanie, please visit her online CV https://www.visualcv.com/stephanienmarcottecv and teaching portfolio https://stephaniemarcotte.wordpress.com
President (term 2018-2019)
Sarah Forbes, Vermont
Sarah Forbes is the K-1 ELL Teacher at John F. Kennedy Elementary in Winooski, Vermont. After receiving her BA in Cultural Anthropology from Fordham University, she began her teaching career as a YMCA Multicultural Awareness Leader in urban New York. She has spent several years teaching abroad, including five years with Kanazawa Technical College in Japan. In Japan, she was an active member of the Japanese Association of Language Teachers (JALT) and participated in a collaborative classroom research project. She has her MATESOL from Saint Michael’s College, where she also served as Graduate Assistant, IEP and special programs teacher, and Instructor for the TESOL Certificate program. She is passionate about helping young learners in the Winooski community reach their full potential, and strives to engage families in this community. She is thrilled to be a part of connecting and supporting educators throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine in her role as President on the NNETESOL board.
Alexander Lapidus holds a Ph.D. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Composition. He is an English as a Second Language teacher-scholar and specializes in applied linguistics, the theory and pedagogy of multiliteracies, and cross-cultural communication. He has taught English as a Second Language in the U.S. and overseas.
Shelly Chasse-Johndro has been on the NNETESOL board since 2006 serving in a variety of roles; President-Elect, President, Past President, Conference Chair, and Maine State Representative. Shelly recently accepted a new position as Director of Teacher Education Accreditation at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF). Prior to this position, she served as Director of a Title III grant from the US Department of Education operated through the University of Maine and taught the English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement courses for pre- and in-service teachers. She earned a Bachelors of Science from the University of Maine at Farmington, a Master of Education and ESL endorsement from the University of Maine. Shelly has served as a member of the Maine Department of Education Bias and Sensitivity Committee and is a train-the-trainer through the University of Maine’s Diversity Leadership Institute (UMDLI) where she cultivates opportunities to understand, appreciate, support and strengthen the diversity of the community.
Pamela Kasabian is the founder and teacher at The English Experience Language School in Portland, Maine. She has been teaching English to speakers of other languages for 20 years. Her professional experience includes teaching at Boston Academy of English, Center for Workplace Learning, Portland Adult Education, the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College. Pamela has presented at the Maine Adult Education Association conference, the International Dyslexia Association conference, and the Sandanona TEFL conference. She is a graduate from the MATESOL program at the School for International Training in VT. Her philosophy on teaching is reflected in the unique curricula she designs to include social discourse and authentic learning tasks in an experiential practice.
Avery Lussier, Massachusetts
Avery Claire Lussier is currently a senior attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, pursuing a degree in English with honors and a concentration in The Study and Practice of Writing. First introduced to the TESOL field through work as a tutor at the UMass Amherst Writing Center, Avery pursued her TESOL Certification at Hampshire College and began working as an ESL Instructor at the International Sports Camp in Easthampton, MA. After completing her B.A. in May 2018, Avery plans to attend graduate school for a master’s degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management, and to continue her work as an ESL instructor within her local community in Western MA and throughout the world via online teaching. To learn more about Avery and her academic/professional endeavors, check out her website here.
Amirah Mahdy is currently a fourth-year student attending Hampshire College, concentrating in education. She got her feet wet into the teaching world after attending Hampshire College’s TESOL Certification program over the summer of 2017. After completing this course, she began to do one-on-one ESL tutoring at a local library. She continues to study education within all grade levels and studying different approaches from theatre games to self-directed learning strategies. After college, she hopes to travel aboard or start working with non-profit organizations in helping to instill community, respect, and learning with any student that she encounters.
Andrea Mercado has made a career of assisting linguistically diverse populations and their families with their adjustment to new communities and lifestyles in the US. She has acquired over 15 years of public education teaching experience working with early childhood to adult. In addition to dedicating her life educating in a formal setting, she extends her talents and experience to volunteer in various organizations. As a Spanish speaking bilingual of Colombian heritage, she contributes to various organizations by offering her personal and professional experiences to assist others with interests in assisting those learning English and working to navigate the world of US culture.
Nicole Decoteau is the ELL Program Director at New England College, a small private college in scenic Henniker, NH. Her journey to NEC began in South Korea in 2008. She had no desire to be a language teacher, or to study linguistics, but a job offer from a friend forever changed her life. Her career began as a means to travel, and developed into a passion. She has traveled to over 20 countries and lived on four continents: North America, Australia, Asia, and Africa. Her goal is to live on each continent, but Antarctica is proving to be troublesome; a visit may need to suffice. Nicole specializes in curriculum and materials development and has been involved in multiple projects throughout South Korea and New England. Her most recent project included the creation of a graded reading series targeting middle school students from South Korea. She hopes to continue to develop original materials that allow older learners to improve their reading skills with age appropriate texts and topics. You can find Nicole browsing the internet for funny memes, informative articles, and puzzle games, which she claims is for NNETESOL’s social media, but really she’s just a bit addicted and procrastinating finishing any work she may have due for her PhD in Composition and TESOL studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Cynthia Reyes is an associate professor in the Department of Education at the University of Vermont. She coordinates the University minor Education for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity. She has taught in a variety of classroom settings in Chicago, IL including bilingual education (Spanish/English) in the middle grades, and Adult English as a Second Language classes. Her research interests include family literacy, multimodal literacy, literacy education and school policy for students who are English learners, and social justice and inclusion. She has a co-edited book, Reclaiming the Public in Dialogue in Education: Putting the “Public” in Public Intellectual, and published articles in the Research in the Teaching of English, Reading Teacher, Journal of Educational Foundations, International Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, and the Journal of Teacher Education & Practice. At present, she is engaged in a longitudinal family school professional partnership study with New American refugee families and the Winooski and Burlington School districts. The focus of the study is to enhance social and communicative relationships between families and schools.
Maine Regional Representative (term 2016-2019)
Ina Demers, Maine
Ina Demers. M.Ed., is a Chinese/Indonesian, and now American, educator who immigrated to Maine in 1974. She is currently employed by Portland Public Schools. In 2007, she initiated (and still oversees) a voluntary program to assist adults in Portland to learn English at the Whole Foods Market. In collaboration with a University of Southern Maine professor, she designed a service learning program and recruits volunteers for this program. Her community involvement also includes serving as Board member and Secretary of the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension in conjunction with UMaine Cooperative Extension focusing on educating newcomers on issues of physical and mental health, nutrition, and agriculture. She also uses her Eastern artistic skill of Origami to help K-8 students learn Mathematics.
Emily has been working with English learners in a variety of settings, primarily in her home state of Maine, over the last 15 years. Her first foray into the field was serving as a conversation partner for international students while she studied International Affairs, Political Science, and German at the University of Maine. She has taught adult learners in Intensive English environments, worked with migrant youth through Maine’s Blueberry Harvest School, and served as a mentor for a diverse student body at the University of Southern Maine’s Upward Bound summer program. In 2010, Emily earned her MATESOL from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. She went on to coordinate and teach in a public school ELL Program for Pre-K to 12th graders in central Maine for seven years. Currently, Emily works as an Intake Assessment Specialist for the Multilingual & Multicultural Center of Portland Public Schools. Emily’s professional interests include second language literacy, teacher peer support, and the exploration of cultural identity.
Aubrey earned her Masters in Elementary Education and her ESL endorsement from Cairn University in 2015. She has worked as an elementary school teacher since graduating and has been an ESL Magnet teacher in the Manchester School District since 2016. Since becoming an EL magnet teacher who works primarily with refugees, Aubrey has been studying best practices in a trauma informed classroom. She believes that the success of her culturally and linguistically diverse students is dependent on the school and classroom climate and believes that students are more likely to use English without anxiety when they are in a positive learning environment. Aubrey is excited about this new opportunity to represent New Hampshire as a NNETESOL Board member.
Lorraine has been teaching ELL at Manchester Central High School for 17 years. Even though she is a New Hampshire native, she holds an M.A. in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies conc. ESL from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has lived off and on in Germany for 12 years. She has taught ELL/EFL to various ages and levels of students and in a variety of situations. She has had sheltered ELL classes in U.S. History and American Government. She presently co-teaches/push-in with an economics teacher at CHS.
Elsa has been teaching English since 2006, when she began teaching business English to a clientele of German professionals. Since 2007, she has worked in higher education as both a teacher and a program administrator, previously as Academic Director and Center Director of the ELS Language Center at Roger Williams University, and now as a Lecturer at the University of Vermont, where she is also pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She holds a CELTA and a Master’s degree in TESOL from Adelphi University. Elsa is interested in educational technology and online pedagogy as well as assessment of and equity for non-native English speaking students in higher education. Elsa has been an active TESOL member and conference presenter since 2011 and is happy to represent Vermont on the NNETESOL board.
Erin has been teaching adult English language learners since 2013 – as a tutor, as a volunteer teacher and as a university instructor. She was inspired to this work by her years living abroad with her husband and children. In 2016, she completed an MA TESOL at The American University in Washington, DC. Erin has recently settled in Vermont and has begun teaching English through the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. Erin looks forward to representing Vermont’s interests within the scope of NNETESOL activities.