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Our Leadership

Board Officers for 2018-2019

Juliet Luther, President

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, 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 BaecherLaura 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).

Ravneet Parmar, 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.