Our Leadership

Board Members - Outreach

Becca ReedBecca Reed,  VP Outreach


Becca obtained her Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Culture, Politics, and Russian Studies) at the University of Texas - Arlington, worked for a faith-based nonprofit, volunteered in grassroots political campaigns, and gained valuable experience among other industries before beginning her ELT career teaching young learners in Daejeon, South Korea. A year later, she returned to the United States, to continue her ELT journey at the College of Charleston's English Language Institute, online via Webilang.com, and at private language schools in Charleston, SC. Becca holds an M.A. in TESOL from The New School for Public Engagement as well as a Graduate Certificate in Sociology from Appalachian State University. She is currently pursuing an MPA in Nonprofit Management from Seton Hall University (expected Dec. 2020). In June 2016, Becca joined CARECEN (Central American Refugee Center) NY to design and launch the Pathway to English - Long Island program as ESOL Services Coordinator. Today, she works as CARECEN’s Development Coordinator to increase community partnerships, raise funds for CARECEN’s programs, and plan CARECEN's Annual Gala. Becca also enjoys shaping the future of ELT as a TESOL advocate in Albany and Washington, DC, co-leads the NYS TESOL ABE/ESOL SIG’s Advocacy Group, is a member of the Advocacy Institute’s Inaugural Educator Pipeline and the She Should Run Incubator as well as other professional organizations, including IATEFL, NYCCAL, AAUW, and TESOL International. She was also featured by IATEFL as their first ES(O)L Champion! When she's not crushing #nonprofitlife, Becca likes to visit history sites, museums and art galleries, learn about public policy, attend major league baseball games, get creative, explore new places, read, write, and kick it with her four-legged friend, Pup Detective Oskar Woofowitz.


Director of SIGs



Director of Regions

Sarah Elia, SUNY New Paltz

Sarah Elia is a lecturer at the Haggerty English Language Program at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. She also teaches at the International College of Chongqing University of Education in Chongqing, China. Sarah is editor of Secondary Accents, the Newsletter of the Secondary Schools Interest Section of TESOL International Association. She has taught English to adult learners at Dutchess Community College and The Cabrini Sisters “Center for New Americans”, both in New York. She has written articles for publications including the blog of the American Historical Association, History News, a magazine of the American Association for State and Local History, and The New York Times Learning Network. International Educator magazine highlighted her in an article about educational technology. She has presented at the NYS TESOL Annual Conference, Applied Linguistics Winter Conference, SUNY Language PACT and TESOL International Convention. She has been active in NYS TESOL serving as President, Second Vice President, Assistant Chair and Scheduling Chair of the 43rd Annual Conference, and Chair of the 44th Annual Conference. She holds a B.A. in music from Bard College and an M.S. in TESOL from SUNY New Paltz. 

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