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Co-Chairs, Adult Education SIG, ITBE

Meet your Adult Education SIG Chair: Joseph Hester and Marcia Luptak

Joseph Hester 

Adult Education SIG Co-Chair 
Joseph Hester is a Full-Time Tenured Adult Education ESL Instructor at the College of Lake County. He completed his MA in Linguistics / TESOL at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005 under the supervision of Elliot Judd. In addition to teaching ESL, he has served ESL programs in a variety of roles including as a manager of ESL faculty, assessment, tutoring, and resources. He is dedicated to serving and assisting in the development of ESL students, instructors, and the TESOL profession. In his free time, he loves spending time with his family, exercising, and reading.

Marcia Luptak    Adult Education SIG Co-Chair
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.