Since 1999, TESOL has recognized individuals who have advocated for, and on behalf of, the ESL/EFL profession and the constituency that it serves. Since 2000, one of these individuals has been nominated by a TESOL affiliate outside the United States.
Eligible nominees are public officials, institutional leaders, or community leaders. Nominations for the honor are annually accepted from TESOL affiliates.
Past honorees include:
| 2000 ||Dr. David Lam ||nominated by B.C. TEAL (Canada) |
| 2002 || Dr. Victor Galindo Sanchez ||nominated by Mexico TESOL |
| 2003 || Raffaele Sanzo |
|nominated by TESOL Italy |
| 2004 || Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan ||nominated by TESOL Arabia |
| 2005 || Dr. Vladimir Kurilov ||nominated by FEELTA (Russia) |
| 2006 || Sergio Bitar ||nominated by TESOL Chile |
| 2007 || Léon-Charles Ciss ||nominated by ATES (Senegal) |
| 2008 || Dr. K. Lakshminarayana ||nominated by FORTELL (India) |
| 2009 || Goran Andonovski & Zarko ||nominated by ELTAM (Macedonia) |
| 2010 || Minister Lucy Molinar ||nominated by Panama TESOL |