ITBE SIG Chairs
Illinois TESOL-BE's Board also consists of Officers
and Elected and Appointed Executive Board Members
. For more information on each Board position, view Illinois TESOL-BE's Constitution
Nancy Gebhardt is an ESL instructor at BIR Training Center, a commercial college in the Chicago area where she has taught adult students for a year. She has also volunteered at Erie House since 2012. She did undergraduate work in English at Roosevelt University and has a MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She hopes to complete her MA in Applied Linguistics TESOL at UIC this year. She feels strongly about empowering adults who wish to develop and strengthen their voices in order to have a say in their futures.
Jennifer Rockafellow is currenlty the Senior Program Manager at the English Language Program at Purdue University Northwest where she previously served as Assistant Director of the program. She earned a BA in Journalism from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA in English Language/Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2003. She has taught in a vareity of settings such as IEPs, community colleges, and non-profit organizations before becoming a higher education administrator in 2006.
Lila Birchfield recently retired after a 33 year career as a high school French, Spanish, and ELL Teacher/Coordinator. Presently, she works as an adjunct instructor in the NNL program at Harper College. SIG chair of Secondary Ed for the last 2 years, Lila has also organized many excursions to Europe for high school students.
Margaret McGregor is an Instructional Support Leader in the Chicago Public Schools. She works with teacher teams and school leadership to improve the quality of teaching and learning in 33 K-12 Chicago Public Schools.
Margaret Gigous earned her degree in Elementary Education at Trinity International University. She received her Master's Degree in TESOL from Wheaton College Graduate School in 2002. Margaret is an ELL Specialist in Villa Park School District #45. In addition, she works as an adjunct faculty member at National Louis University.
Early Childhood Education