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Board Officers

Anne Henry, 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.

Ravneet Parmar, President-Elect,

Ravneet Parmar is an Adjunct Instructor at Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center in 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 six years of teaching. Originally from Canada, Ravneet has taught in private institutions and not for profit organizations in Vancouver, B.C. and New York. Her interests have always been in utilizing technology to aid teaching in an adult 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. She has also published articles in Idiom (Tech Tools) as well as presented at NYS TESOL, LIESOL, and ABE conferences.

View The President-Elect's Annual Goals and Objectives

Sarah Elia, Past President, 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 holds a B.A. in music from Bard College and an M.S. in TESOL from SUNY New Paltz. She has taught English to adult learners at Dutchess Community College and English as a Foreign Language to children in Japan and China. She gives TESOL workshops to classroom teachers and presentations on professional development to TESOL graduate students. Sarah is editor of Secondary Accents, the Newsletter of the Secondary Schools Interest Section of TESOL International Association. She has written articles for numerous TESOL newsletters, the blog of the American Historical Association, and History News, a magazine of the American Association for State and Local History. International Educator magazine highlighted her in an article about educational technology and she often presents on this topic at conferences including the NYS TESOL Annual Conference, Applied Linguistics Winter Conference, SUNY Language PACT and TESOL International Convention. Since 2012, she has been active in NYS TESOL serving as Second Vice President, Assistant Chair and Scheduling Chair of the 43rd Annual Conference, Chair of the 44th Annual Conference, and President, and has volunteered on various committees. Sarah has traveled to over 15 countries including annual trips to China with her husband and daughter.