TESOL Association Leadership Chronology 2

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1995–Present: TESOL Membership

I joined TESOL as soon as I enrolled in the master’s program in English linguistics at Purdue University. I attended my first TEOSL annual convention in 1996 and started presenting the following year. It was a great way to experience the field—much more dynamic and multidimensional than I could have imagined from reading articles.

1997–2003: NNEST Caucus

I served as the founding web manager for the Nonnative English Speaking Teachers Interest Section (NNEST IS), which was a caucus back then. It was my first leadership position, and I learned a lot from the experienced and nurturing leaders I worked with. Being involved in the initial stage of creating a caucus was also a great way to learn about the association.

2001–2006: Awards Committee

After being a recipient and reviewer for several grants and awards, I served on the Awards Committee, including a term as chair. Because TESOL has awards and grants for different audiences and purposes, serving on this committee made me realize how diverse the association’s members are.

2002–2005: Northern New England TESOL

Between 2002 and 2005, I served as the publishers’ liaison for Northern New English TESOL (NNETESOL). Serving in this position gave me yet additional insights into the TESOL profession and the organization: the needs and concerns of K–12 teachers, situated in a local context, and the complementary roles that NNETESOL and the TESOL Association played.

2006–2008: Break to Change Focus

I decided to take a break from TESOL leadership in order to focus on my family and a new job. After the break, I chose the Awards Committee as my re-entry point.