Sarah Mikulski, President Contact: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.