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.
2016 – 2017 Executive Board
Past President (term 2016-17)
Cynthia Reyes – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynthia Reyes is Associate Professor of Middle Level Education and Literacy Education at the University of Vermont where she teaches undergraduate and graduate students, and conducts research on young adolescent literacy and practice. She received an M.Ed. in Educational Studies/Educational Leadership and Bilingual Education, and a Ph.D. in Reading, Writing, and Literacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include digital storytelling and English language learners, young adolescent multicultural literature, and educational foundations. She was a former bilingual (Spanish/English) middle grades reading, language arts, and social studies teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. She also taught Spanish as a foreign language in the middle grades and high school, and English as a Second Language to adults. She has published in the journals of Research in the Teaching of English, The Reading Teacher, and in the Handbook of Middle Level Education Research.
President (term 2016-2017)
Beth Evans – email@example.com
Beth Evans is an English Language Learner teacher at Burlington High School in Burlington, Vermont. She has been an adjunct professor for St. Michael’s College, where she has taught ESL K-12 literacy and Technology Integration courses. Beth is certified trainer for Content and Language Integration as a Means of Bridging Success (CLIMBS), a program to introduce mainstream teachers to World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) standards and tools. She is a WIDA certified trainer and SiOP trainer for her district. She served as Raffles and Awards booth coordinator at TESOL in 2010 and 2012, and has held the offices of president and co-treasurer for NNETESOL. She taught English to pre-service teachers in China through the Peace Corps and worked as a teacher at the K-12 and community college levels in New York City and Florida. Areas of interest include technology integration, refugee concerns and SLIFE issues.
President-Elect (term 2016-2017)
Stephanie Brown- firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie N. Brown is an ESL Adjunct Professor at Holyoke Community College (HCC) in Western Massachusetts. She has also helped to create Conversation Groups at HCC for ESL college students. Prior to working at HCC, she received her MATESOL from the SIT Graduate Institute and her BA from Hampshire College. Stephanie has also worked as the Teacher’s Assistant and Housing Coordinator for the Hampshire College TESOL summer certificate course.
Treasurer (no term limit)
Shelly Chasse-Johndro – email@example.com
Shelly Chasse-Johndro is the Director for a Title III grant from the US Department of Education operated through the University of Maine and teaches 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. As a trainer-the-trainer through the University of Maine’s Diversity Leadership Institute (UMDLI); Shelly cultivates opportunities to understand, appreciate, support and strengthen the diversity of the community. She is also the lead individual of the Mathematics in TESOL forum for educators interested in the effects of language acquisition, instructional strategies, and culture in the teaching and learning of mathematics concepts.
Frances Gunnison, New Hampshire–firstname.lastname@example.org
Frances teaches in the ESOL and MS-TEFL programs at Southern New Hampshire University, as well as ESOL at New Hampshire Technical Institute. She has taught students from over 40 countries. Frances taught English conversation while living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 2006-2008. In her spare time, she does intensive tutoring for the TOEFL iBT. Frances is currently pursuing her doctorate at Northeastern University. Her research focus area is second language writing feedback.
Hannah Sobel is currently a senior at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she is a BA candidate in Chinese language and literature with a concentration in Linguistics and Education Studies. She also holds a certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Hampshire College in Massachusetts. In addition to studying the Chinese language, Hannah specializes in second language acquisition and curriculum development. As an independent contractor, she has worked in Shanghai, China developing an English College Writing curriculum for elite Chinese students wishing to study in the United States. Hannah is a polyglot; she is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic, Hebrew, and Farsi.
Publisher’s Liaison (no term limit)
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.
Social Media Coordinator (no term limit)
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.
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.
Maine Regional Representative (term 2014-2017)
Rebecca Graham – email@example.com
Rebecca Graham is district ELL Coordinator/Teacher for MSAD #28 in Camden-Rockport Maine.
Maine Regional Representative (term 2012-2015)
Ina Demers – Edemers467@roadrunner.com
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.
New Hampshire Representative (term 2016-2019)
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.
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 Multicultural Awareness Leader in urban New York. She has spent several years teaching abroad, including five years with Kanazawa Technical College in Kanazawa, 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, and has experience working with both the K-12 community in Burlington and Winooski, as well as conducting adult instruction with Saint Michael’s College IEP, the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program (VRRP), and in the Winooski Parent Literacy class. Last summer, she began teaching Grammar and Introduction to TESOL in Saint Michael’s TESOL Diploma Program, an intensive summer teacher-training program. She is thrilled to be part of the NNETESOL team.
Megan Fahey – firstname.lastname@example.org
Meghan received her Bachelor’s from Bates College in Maine. She studied Education, Spanish, and Environmental Studies. She went on to earn her Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and teaching certification in New York City at the Teachers College at Columbia University. This is her first year teaching at the Chelsea School and at Mt. Lebanon Elementary School. She grew up in and has taught all over the Northeast, including inner-city Baltimore, New York City, and Lewiston, Maine, where she fell in love with working with international students and immigrants. She has also taught English in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.