Board Officers for 2018-2019
Juliet Luther, President
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.
Laura H. Baecher, President-elect
Dr. Laura Baecher is Associate Professor of TESOL at Hunter College, City University of New York. Her research interests and publications relate to English as a Second/Foreign Language teacher preparation including content-language integration, teacher leadership, the use of video for teacher learning, and practicum and supervision in teaching English learners. Her recent 2017 book is co-authored with Tom Farrell and entitled Reflecting on Problems of Practice in TESOL. Dr. Baecher also develops and directs study-abroad programs for teachers as a means of developing teachers’ linguistic and professional expertise. She has served as the TESOL International’s Teacher Education Interest Section Chair and as an English Language Specialist for the US Department of State. In addition, she provides mentoring to faculty in the areas of scholarship and teaching through her leadership in Hunter College’s Academic Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (ACERT).
Immediate Past 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.