Know an Amazing ESL or Bilingual Ed Educator?
ITBE is accepting nominations for the 2017 Elliot Judd Outstanding Teacher Award. This award honors English language learning professionals who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to our profession with outstanding teaching, dedication to the professional field of TESOL and/or Bilingual Education, as well as a commitment to the professional development of colleagues.
Please consider nominating a colleague who you feel has made a contribution to English language learning in our state. There are many ways in which people have served and continue to serve our field, and the Award Committee is eager to see how our colleagues have helped ELLs, their communities, and their learning environments. Finally, please remember that though the last three recipients have come from institutes of higher education, nominees do not need to come from higher education. The ITBE Board is more than happy to receive nominations from educators from diverse teaching and learning environments.
The award will be conferred at the 2017 ITBE Convention
at the Chicago Marriott Naperville on February 24, 2017. For more details or for nomination forms, please check the ITBE webpage detailing the award criteria or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
. All nomination documentation must be received by January 6, 2017.
Illinois Resource Center
Catherine served ITBE over 25 years in numerous capacities including President, Vice President, Board member, and President par excellence. She has been an invaluable specialist for the Adult Learning Resource Center and has served as an accomplished most respected author and outstanding teacher trainer.
Catherine is also a former student of Elliot Judd and, like her professor, she has touched the lives of many students and teachers in the state of Illinois.
Some of Catherine’s many achievements include:
- More than 400 teacher training and professional development workshops for ESL teachers and adult educators;
- Curriculum design work through the ESL Curriculum Institute workshops and individual consulting with teachers and programs;
- Lead conference planner for the annual ICCB Adult and Family Literacy Fall conference which brings together more than 500 administrators, staff, and teachers;
- Co-leader of the ICCB ESL task force, an advisory policy group;
- Author of 5 citizenship and ESL textbooks and curricula as well as numerous articles;
- Advocate for the rights of part-time teachers.
Catherine’s dignity, grace, professional competence, kindness, and good humor are personal qualities that infuse her work and interactions with colleagues.
These accomplishments and qualities are truly worth celebrating. ITBE and Adult Learning Resource center are so lucky to have had such a valuable member and colleague!
Congratulations, Catherine Porter!
Dr. Theodora Helene Bofman, Northeastern Illinois University (2015)
Catherine Caldwell, Southern Illinois University (2014)
Suzanne Leibman, College of Lake County (2013)
Jessica Williams, University of Illinois-Chicago (2011)
Elizabeth Minicz, Harper College (2010)