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The TESOL Leadership Mentoring Program

Who's Eligible?

TESOL members who are interested in becoming more involved in the work of TESOL International Association. 


The Leadership Mentoring Program (LMP) helps TESOL members become more involved in the work of the association. Preference is given to individuals from underrepresented groups within TESOL. At the TESOL convention, this program pairs selected individuals with TESOL leaders who mentor recipients throughout the year as the partnership works together to contribute their time and expertise to TESOL and its varied activities and projects.


Those accepted into the program receive the following:

Criteria for Evaluating Applications

Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Membership in an underrepresented group in TESOL
  • Organizational experience, such as involvement in an affiliate of TESOL International Association
  • Service to the profession
  • Potential for TESOL International Association involvement and leadership
Download the evaluation rubric.

To Apply Online

To complete the online application process, you will need the following information. You are strongly encouraged to gather this information before you begin the application. That way, you can fill out the application completely, and you will not have to go back and fill in items later.

Statement of Interest

Please explain why you would like to participate in this program and what you hope to gain from it (500 words max).

Education/ Professional History

Provide the following information
  • Employment History
  • Post-secondary Education History
  • Relevant Awards and Honors

One Letter of Support

The letter of support must explain why the applicant should be selected. Additionally it must cite the candidate's TESOL involvement, such as in an affiliate, and/or other relevant service to the profession

You will be asked to provide a contact email address for the person completing the supporting letter. Your supporter will receive a message from at the address that you provide. The email will invite your supporter to upload a letter of recommendation directly to the application system. The email request will not be sent until you "complete and finalize" your application.  

Note: The letter of support deadline is the same as the application deadline (1 October). Applications without the letter of support will be marked as incomplete and will not be evaluated.
Please ask your supporter to watch for a message from To ensure that they receive the message, please ask them to add to their contacts or to their spam whitelist. If your supporter does not receive the message, please contact TESOL Awards

Application Deadline

Accepting applications starting 1 July. All applications and supporting materials must be received by 1 October. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

2020 Recipients

Amira Salama has a master’s degree in TESOL with a research focus on teacher leadership from the American University in Cairo. Amira is a former president of NileTESOL and is the current Africa TESOL Vice President. Amira’s research and professional interests include teacher leadership, language materials development and intercultural communication.

Elena Andrei is an assistant professor of TESOL and TESOL Program Coordinator at Cleveland State University. Her research interests include second language literacy, teacher education, and “non-native English-speaking” teachers. Her professional experience includes ESL teacher and ESL school coordinator in Charlotte, NC and EFL teacher in her native Romania. 

Glen Ryan Alejandro was a 2019 TESOL Ambassador and 2012 Betty Azar Travel Grant for Practicing EFL Teachers and 2003 Professional Development Scholarship recipient. Originally from the Philippines, he is an advocate for the nonnative English speakers in TESOL community. Presently, he serves as California TESOL Bay Area Chapter Coordinator-Elect.

Past Award Recipients

View a list of past recipients.


Please contact TESOL Awards.

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