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2018 Election Candidates for the ITBE Board


Voting will be open through Friday, June 22nd.



Marie Friesema

Marie Friesema is the Academic Coordinator of the English Department at Wheaton College, and is also an adjunct instructor in the Intensive English Language Program at Moraine Valley Community College.  She received her B.A. from Trinity International University majoring in General Studies with emphases in English Communications; Health Performance and Wellness; and the Social Sciences.  She holds an M.A. in Intercultural Studies and TESOL from Wheaton College Graduate School.  She has taught ESL for ten years, mostly to the migrant adults who care for the horses at the thoroughbred racetracks in Illinois.  This was the context both of her master's thesis, English Teaching at the Backstretch of America's Racecourses, and her latest writing project – a screenplay. She also oversees the Illinois Council of the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America, a non-profit organization that provides spiritual, social, and educational services to the families of the horse racing industry. 


Member-at-Large (Vote for Two)

Nancy Whaley

Nancy Whaley is an ESL Instructor at Loyola University Chicago.  Nancy has been working in ESL in different capacities since 2003, when she worked as an ESL tutor and a substitute teacher in K-12 bilingual programs.  She received her B.A. in Spanish Translation from Brigham Young University and spent a semester studying Spanish in the Dominican Republic.  She later decided that helping people learn English was her true calling, and she received her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Utah.  After earning her Master’s degree, she spent half a year in Monterrey, Mexico teaching Business English to professionals.  She then moved home to Chicago where she worked in community English programs, language schools, and higher education programs. She has extensive experience teaching all 4 skills to each level, from Beginner to Advanced.  She has also created teacher training materials and led a course for training teachers.  She loves working with international students and helping them achieve their goals.

Marcia Luptak

Marcia Luptak started teaching ESL in the CESL program at Southern Illinois University in 1993 when she was a linguistics graduate student there. In 1996, she began teaching adult education ESL at Elgin Community College (ECC), where she taught ESL classes until 2014. In 2014, she became the Senior Director of the ESL program at ECC. She holds an M.S. Ed. in Adult, Continuing, and Literacy Education from National Louis University in Chicago. She has been actively involved in ESL and adult education throughout her career. She has presented at multiple conferences (including ITBE) as well as the Adult Learning Resource Center (ALRC) in Arlington Heights and served on the IACEA Board as the Jr./Sr. Chair of Curriculum – ESL from 2016-2018. She also participated on the ICCB ESL Strategic Plan subcommittee in 2018. Marcia is an active member of TESOL and has been a member of ITBE since 1999.