Our Leadership

Board Members - Communications

T. Leo SchmittT. Leo Schmitt, VP Communications

T. Leo Schmitt has lived in seven countries and visited dozens more. He has extensive experience in intercultural communication and speaks multiple languages. He has used this knowledge to enhance his work with international students both as an administrator and faculty member in a wide variety of environments over twenty-five years.

He has an MA and MPhil in linguistics from the CUNY Graduate Center and is now completing his doctorate. He currently works as Assistant Professor in the MATESOL program at the New School, New York where he hopes his own experiences can help a future generation of teachers make a better world and fewer mistakes. His research interests include second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, intercultural communication, language and power, and the interaction between these and other linguistic phenomena.

Fran Olmos, Director of Online Communications,

Fran has been an ENL teacher in the Yonkers Public Schools for the last 30 years, working with children in Pre K to 8. She received her BS in Elem Ed (N-6) with a concentration in Spanish, from SUNY Oswego and upon graduating spent three years teaching grades 3, 4 and 6 in a bilingual elementary school in Mexico City. Upon returning to NY, she worked two years in the Elmsford UFSD as an ESL teacher while attaining her MS Ed in TESOL from the College of New Rochelle. Fran has been very active in NYS TESOL during the last 20 years. She started out by working on several Hudson Valley ODMACS and then was asked to become Hotel Liaison and then Registration Chair for the NYS TESOL Annual Conference. She joined the NYS TESOL board in 2002 as Membership Chair which led her to becoming 2nd VP - Conference Chair which was held in White Plains in 2007. She then became President of NYS TESOL in 2009. In 2013, Fran was asked to fill a last minute vacancy and became the 2013 Conference Chair which was held again in White Plains. Fran has also presented at NYS TESOL conferences, was Registration Chair for the 1999 TESOL International Convention (NYC) and has been NYS TESOL Publications Chair. She is also active in her school's PTA unit and has won the Honorary Life Membership Award (formerly The Jenkins Award).

Lubie Grujicic-Alatriste, NYS TESOL Journal Editor-in-Chief
New York City College of Technology, CUNY

Lubie works in the position of Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at NYC College of Technology (CUNY), Department of English. She is the coordinator of academic ESOL program, director of the ESOL Language Lab and chair of the college-wide ESOL Task Force. She has taught ESL courses (all levels), second language writing, composition and rhetoric courses across CUNY, as well as graduate courses in applied linguistics and TESOL at Hunter College, New School University, and Long Island University. She has also presented at conferences and symposia in the USA and abroad. With her educational background in literature, theoretical and applied linguistics, and her long experience teaching ESOL, composition and linguistics, she strives to both build bridges among these disciplines and cross borders in research. Her current research interests are related to college writing and composition studies, classroom methodologies of teaching writing, second language acquisition, genre acquisition and genre transfer. She has published papers, reviews, and handbooks, and has recently edited, and authored a number of essays in the college textbook Urban Reader for College Writers.

Genie SmiddyGenie Smiddy, Idiom Editor

Genie Smiddy has been tutoring or teaching undergraduate and graduate students writing since 2005. During this time she has taught in the intensive English program for St. John’s University as well as in Hunter College‘s freshman composition and introduction to literature courses. Very early on, this work sparked her interest in the unique experiences of ELLs in American universities, particularly in how they respond to writing and the revision process. She holds both a B.A. in Art History and an M.A. TESOL from Hunter College.

Mark Aaron PolgerMark Aaron Polger, Technical Support

Mark Aaron Polger is a First Year Outreach Librarian and Information Literacy Instructor at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. In addition to being a librarian and teacher, Mark has been developing web sites since 1995 and enjoys learning about new technologies. In his role as Technology Support Specialist, Mark provides technical support for all operations of NYS TESOL. He manages the NYS TESOL web site, the job listings, public listserv, user emails, manages the online annual election, supports the planning team for the Annual Conference and the ALWC, develops online submission forms for all NYS TESOL conferences and events, maintains the members only web site, resets passwords for NYS TESOL members, and helps create a consistent design for all promotional material. His research interests include library marketing & outreach, user experience design, and teaching practices that promote student engagement. He has published articles in Library Science journals on language consistency, library web site vocabulary, library jargon, and library marketing. Originally from Montreal (Canada), he received his BA in Sociology from Concordia University, his MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, an MA in Sociology from the University of Waterloo, and a B.Ed. in Adult Education from Brock University. He is currently in his 3rd year of his PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning at SUNY University at Buffalo. He moved to New York City in 2008.