Maria A. Remigio (Angie) has served as ITBE's Elementary SIG Chair. Her responsibilities included holding membership meetings during the ITBE Convention and organizing the Annual Elementary Poetry Contest. Angie currently serves as an English as a New Language Specialist in a suburban school district. She has done this for the past 6 years. Prior to this, she was a regular education teacher in the same district for 8 years. Angie has been an active member of ITBE since 2016. Angie holds a B.S. Degree in Engineering, a Masters Degree in Bilingual Education, a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and is a National Board Certified Teacher. She is a dedicated member of her community who has participated in steering committees to enhance the community and its members such as the LIsle Young Life/WyldLife program and the Lisle Veterans Memorial. She has made a positive impact on English Language Learners and teachers. Other contributions include presenting in numerous conferences, facilitating workshops in her school district and participating in ITBE/TESOL events and professional learning opportunities.
Vallan Kantner has worked in the field of international education since graduating from Agnes Scott College in 2007. Initially working as an administrator at Emory University's study abroad office, Vallan decided to pursue her MA in Applied Linguistics: TESL/TEFL and graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 2013. Since this time, she has been a curriculum developer, program manager, and instructor in the USA, Russia, and Japan and recently returned to her home of Chicago to work as an Elementary and Junior High ESL/ELA instructor at Futabakai Japanese School Chicago. Her research background focuses on interlanguage pragmatic development and comparative education systems.
ITBE OPERATION 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. Sylvia has been an active member of ITBE since 2011. Sylvia has numerous post-secondary degrees, including an M.S.in 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.