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Our Leadership

Board Members- Membership

Ching Ching Lin, VP Membership

Ching Ching Lin, Ed. D has more than thirteen years of experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse students as a Social Studies and ESL teacher at a NYC public high school. She also has taught ESL at numerous colleges, including New Jersey Community College and Long Island Business Institute. Currently she teaches TESOL at Touro College. Ching Ching Lin holds a B. A. in Philosophy from Taiwan and an M.A. in Philosophy from the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY. She earned her doctorate in Education with a specialization in Pedagogy and Philosophy from Montclair State University in 2012. She has published manuscripts on various topics related to ESL curriculum and instruction. Her research mainly focuses on tapping into funds of knowledge of culturally and linguistically diverse students as emerging cosmopolitan intellectuals.

Janie Thomas, Director of Member Services

Janie Thomas’ love and curiosity for culture and meeting people started at a very young age. She always gravitated towards people from different backgrounds and countries. Janie is currently pursuing a Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She has several years of experience working as a volunteer in various organizations within the New York City area such as CUNY Citizenship NOW, We Are New York, Chinese Progressive Association, International YMCA, and LaGuardia Community College. Janie was a recipient of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award which landed her in Brazil. She holds a B.A. in ELA and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College.

Lynn Nakazawa, Director of Member Recruitment

Lynn Nakazawa discovered her interest in language teaching when she first started working at AEON, an English conversation school in Japan.  There, she taught students ranging from all ages and English proficiency levels.  She went on to continue her studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  She was the recipient of the Teresa Pica Award for Excellence in TESOL in 2016.

It was during her time at the University of Pennsylvania where she discovered her interest in teacher training.  Lynn moved to Taiwan after graduation where she was a TEFL trainer and advisor for Fulbright Taiwan.  During her time there, she provided both professional and personal support for the 80 English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) dispersed throughout the country.

Lynn is currently the Adult Literacy Program Coordinator at the Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. in New York City and is currently overseeing their ESL program.

Joanne Beard, Mentoring Program Coordinator

Joanne Beard has almost 30 years experience as a public educator, teaching and working with refugees and immigrants. She was the ESL Department Chair at Proctor High School in Utica, NY, and spent several years teaching at the UCSD Adult School. She served as President of NYS TESOL in 2006-2007 and Syracuse Conference Chair in 2004. Joanne has served NYS TESOL in many positions including Special Interest Group Chair, Hotel Liaison, Scheduling Chair, Proposal Reader, TESOL Liaison, and has assisted many committees through the years. She received the James A. Lyndon Distinguished Service Award in 2012 for service to NYS TESOL. She was a recipient of a Japan Memorial Fulbright Award and frequently participates in the Kosciuszko Foundation/UNESCO Teaching English in Poland Program. Joanne is currently an appointed member on the New York State Education Department Regents Advisory Committee for the ELA Standards. She is an adjunct instructor in the TESOL ITI at SUNY Oswego and supervises student teachers.