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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

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 (2015-2018), Vice President / Convention Chair
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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. 

Cory Long, Pa?st President

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.