Our Leadership

Board Members - Advocacy

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 Michelle Maturen, VP Advocacy

After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2004, Michelle first worked teaching English in Brittany through the French Embassy's Teaching Assistant program. Michelle then joined the New York City Teaching Fellows as an ESL Fellow in 2005. She has taught ESL/ENL in grades K-10 in both transitional bilingual and freestanding English-as-a-Second-Language programs during her tenure as a NYC public school teacher and ELL Program Coordinator. She has provided instruction through self-contained, co-teaching, integrated, and stand-alone ESL/ENL models. Michelle has also served as a mentor to new teachers enrolled in alternative route non-traditional teacher preparation programs (NYCTF and Teach for America), and she continues to host student teachers each year. Her areas of interest include the influence of native language development on second language acquisition, mindset, and the alignment of educational policy and academic research.

Iwan Notowidigdo, Federal Advocacy Coordinator
Iwan Notowidigdo began serving English language learners throughout New York State in 1986 through the federally-funded Bilingual Education Multifunctional Support Center (BEMSC) and New York Multifunctional Resource Center (NYMRC) at Hunter College. He continued his work at the federally-funded New York Technical Assistance Center (NYTAC) from 1995-2000. He was founding program director of the NYSED-funded New York City Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center (NYC BETAC) at Hunter from 2000-2004. In 2005, he joined The Bronx Institute at Lehman College as Director of Sustainability to develop three federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grants to serve over 12,000 Bronx students. During this period, he was coordinator of an OELA-funded Title III National Professional Development Project InTELL (Innovative Teaching for English Language Learners) and grant writer for the Institute's signature program, ENLACE (Engaging Latino Communities in Education), to help Latino students with high academic potential enter selective colleges. His advocacy experience includes serving on a New York State Education Commissioner's Task Force Committee on Bilingual Special Education, working with the National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education (and its New York State affiliate) and the Asian American Educational Research Forum, and locally participating in the Coalition for Educational Excellence for ELLs (CEEELL). Having been involved in several Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorizations, Iwan is concerned with ensuring informed ELL representation regarding implementation of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Timothy John Ebsworth, Statewide Advocacy Coordinator

Timothy John Ebsworth, PhD, is Coordinator of Programs in Multilingual Multicultural Education (TESOL & Bilingual Educations) in The Graduate School at The College of New Rochelle. A former VP of NYS TESOL, he chaired the NYSABE Research SIG and is currently a member of the NABE Research SIG Advisory Board and the NABE Dissertation Award Panel. Dr. Ebsworth is a native of Wales. He taught ESL at the University of Puerto Rico in Ponce before relocating to the Metropolitan area. He has also taught graduate classes in TESOL and Bilingual Education at William Paterson University and NYU and ESL at the American Language Institute (NYU) and The American Language Program (Columbia University). Dr. Ebsworth's research interests include intercultural pragmatics, sociolinguistic identity, language and technology, and second language writing. His work has appeared in the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Research on Language and Social Interaction, The Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity, The PR TESOLGram, and The Idiom. He serves on the editorial board of The International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching.


Juliet Luther, Liaison to Other Organizations

Juliet has been a bilingual and ESL teacher and ELL Program Coordinator since 1997 in New York City public schools. Since 2004, Juliet has also worked as an adjunct in graduate education programs at Fordham University and two CUNY senior colleges, in bilingual and ESL teacher preparation programs. Juliet's experience in advocacy includes, in addition to NYS TESOL, volunteer work for the Coalition for Educational Excellence for ELLs (CEEELL), New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE), the Bilingual Education Interest Section (BEIS) of International TESOL, and the Institute for Language and Education Policy. Areas of scholarly and advocacy interest to Juliet include oral language, academic language, teaching practices, and education policy. As Vice President of Advocacy at NYS TESOL, Juliet hopes to amplify NYS TESOL's member's voices, and take necessary actions in support the various interests of diverse NYS TESOL constituents.