ITBE SIG Chairs
Illinois TESOL-BE's Board also consists of Officers
and Elected and Appointed Executive Board Members
. For more information on each Board position, view Illinois TESOL-BE's Constitution
Nancy Gebhardt is an ESL instructor at BIR Training Center, a commercial college in the Chicago area where she has taught adult students for a year. She has also volunteered at Erie House since 2012. She did undergraduate work in English at Roosevelt University and has a MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She hopes to complete her MA in Applied Linguistics TESOL at UIC this year. She feels strongly about empowering adults who wish to develop and strengthen their voices in order to have a say in their futures.
Jennifer got her start in ESL as a volunteer at a local literacy council during her senior year of college. She loved the experience, scrapped her plans to become a journalist, and decided to follow her true passion. She enrolled in graduate school and has been teaching ESL since 2003 when she earned an M.A. in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After graduation, she began teaching ESL at non-profit organizations and community colleges before becoming an IEP program administrator in 2006. It was her interest in program management that brought her to Purdue University Calumet as Assistant Director of the English Language Program in December, 2012. She has also held positions in international student advising at universities in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Lila Birchfield recently retired after a 33 year career as a high school French, Spanish, and ELL Teacher/Coordinator. Presently, she works as an adjunct instructor in the NNL program at Harper College. SIG chair of Secondary Ed for the last 2 years, Lila has also organized many excursions to Europe for high school students.
Margaret McGregor is an Instructional Support Leader in the Chicago Public Schools. She works with teacher teams and school leadership to improve the quality of teaching and learning in 33 K-12 Chicago Public Schools.
Margaret Gigous earned her degree in Elementary Education at Trinity International University. She received her Master's Degree in TESOL from Wheaton College Graduate School in 2002. Margaret is an ELL Specialist in Villa Park School District #45. In addition, she works as an adjunct faculty member at National Louis University.
Early Childhood Education