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Board Officers

Ravneet Parmar, President

Ravneet Parmar is an ESL Instructor at Adelphi International, Adelphi University New York. She received her M.A. in TESOL from New York University. Ravneet has taught ESL (collective and various skills separately), academic and business English in her over eight years of teaching. Originally from Canada, Ravneet has taught in private institutions, CUNY and Universities in Vancouver, B.C. and New York. Her interests lie in utilizing technology to aid teaching and teaching practices in an ESL classroom. Joining NYS TESOL in 2012, Ravneet started as a general volunteer for the organization. She led the Adult SIG in 2014 and was elected to the Executive board as co-chair of Regions in 2015. Since then she has held positions as VP communication, co-editor for idiom and has also published articles in Idiom (Tech Tools) as well as presented at NYS TESOL, LIESOL, and ABE conferences. Ravneet looks forward to collaborating with others and learning new ideas from members and nonmembers statewide.

View The President's Annual Goals and Objectives

Juliet Luther, President-elect

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 has several years of experience in NYS TESOL, as Exective Board member, Co-Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee, and most recently, as VP Advocacy.  She has a broad range of other experiences in professional organization leadership in addition to NYS TESOL.  She has volunteer experience in advocacy with the New York City-based, Coalition for Educational Excellence for ELLs (CEEELL), experience as a Regional Representative of New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE), and has held several posts in the Bilingual Education Interest Section (BEIS) of International TESOL, the most recent being Chair-elect.  Finally, she was a founding member of 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 President-Elect, and Advocacy Liaison, Juliet hopes to amplify NYS TESOL's member's voices, and take necessary actions in support the various interests of diverse NYS TESOL constituents. View President-elect's Annual Goals and Objectives.

Anne Henry, Past President,

Anne was born in Saigon, Vietnam. When Saigon "fell" in 1975, the family fled and lived in Yemen for nine years before coming to the US. She started learning English and attended school for the first time at age 11. As a student with interrupted formal education (SIFE), Anne completed high school and attended Buffalo State College where she received a B.A. in French Language and Literature. She continued her education at the State University at Buffalo for a Master degree in TESOL and a C.A.S. in School Leadership at Buffalo State College. Anne started her career as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) and Sweet Home CSD. She was a Senior Coordinator at Erie 1 BOCES working with urban, suburban, rural, urban - rural districts on staff development related to the education of limited English proficient/English language learners (LEP/ELLs), ENL program development, and technical assistance on state regulations. Anne returned to BPS where she held various positions as SIOP coach, teacher mentor, teacher supervisor, and currently as lead transition facilitator at Lafayette High School. She has also been an adjunct at University at Buffalo (UB), Niagara University (NU), D'Youville College (DYC), and SUNY Fredonia. She has served on both the NYS TESOL and New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE) Executive Boards. She was NYS TESOL 2nd VP in 2008 and as NYSABE President in 2009. Anne served as President–elect in 2015/16 and led the committee to revise the NYS TESOL Constitution and By–laws to reflect the organization’s new structure. As President, she has laid out a business plan with several goals and objectives to further the vision and mission of NYS TESOL. Anne is grateful for the opportunity to serve NYS TESOL and is looking forward to meeting its members across the state. Access Anne's business plan.