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ITBE Officers

Illinois TESOL-BE's Board also consists of Elected and Appointed Executive Board Members and SIG Leaders. For more information on each Board position, view TESOL-BE's Constitution and Bylaws webpages.

  Sarah Mikulski, President    Contact:
  Sarah Mikulski currently works at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, as both the 
  Language Lab  Coordinator and an adjunct faculty member of the ESL Department. She
  began her career in  TESOL in 1999 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland, where she
  taught English as a foreign language at the high school level after earning her B.A. in
  English Literature from the University of  San Francisco. In 2005, she earned her M.A.T.,
  Secondary Education/Language Arts, at  Northeastern Illinois University, where she later
  returned to complete her ESL endorsement. She has also worked as a substitute teacher
  in Illinois Township High School District 211, an ESL instructor at both Solex College and
  Ivy College, and as an examiner for an ESL testing company. 

  Marie Friesema, Vice President/Convention Chair   Contact: / 
  Marie Friesema is the Academic Coordinator of the English Department and the Assistant 
  to the Dean of Humanities at Wheaton 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.  Marie has taught ESL for ten years, mostly to the migrant adults who
  care for the thoroughbred horses at the two Illinois racetracks, and as adjunct instructor in
  the Intensive English Language Program at Moraine Valley Community College.  She is the Founder and President
  of the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America - Chicagoland, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides spiritual, social, and
  educational services to the families that reside at the two IL racetracks.  The horse racing industry serve as the
  context of both her masters thesis, English Teaching at the Backstretch of America's Racecourses, and her latest
  writing project – a screenplay.

   Cory Long, Past President    Contact:
  Cory Long is an ESL teaching professional with 10 years of experience in ESL. He 
  received his B.A. in English Studies and Japanese in 2007 and his M.A. TESOL in 2009
  from Ball State University. He has taught in Japan and China as well as the United States.
  He is currently teaching at Harper College and Oakton Community College. His academic
  interests lie in helping  students learn through interaction with various media and in
  advocating for the rights of learners and teachers of every type. He has been a board
  member of ITBE since 2012.

 Silvia Rivera . ITBE's Operations Manager.
Sylvia Rivera serves as ITBE's Operations Manager. Her responsibilities include managing the ITBE Membership Database, Job Database, and Workshop / Convention registration process.

Sylvia has served English language learners in a suburban school district as a bilingual math teacher for 16 years. She is also an adjunct professor at National Louis University and Benedictine University. Sylvia has been an active member of ITBE since 2011. Sylvia has numerous post-secondary degrees, including an Education and another in Educational Leadership.

She is passionate about contributing to the field of English-language learners and professionals and to this end, has presented in numerous conferences, facilitated workshops for local districts and participates in ITBE/TESOL events and professional learning opportunities.