Denise Góñez-Santos, Chair, Erie 1 BOCES
Góñez-Santos was born in Buffalo, New York. She earned her Bachelor's
of Science degree at D'Youville College and her Master's Degree in
Education at SUNY Buffalo. Denise began her career as a bilingual
education teacher at Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy in Buffalo, NY.
She has 31 years of experience in ESL and bilingual education. Denise
was recognized by the New York State Association for Bilingual
Education with the Gladys Correa Memorial Award for outstanding
contributions in the field of Bilingual Education, 2011. Currently,
Denise is the Executive Director of the Regional Bilingual Education -
Resource Network (RBE-RN) West located at Erie 1 BOCES in Western New
York. The RBE-RN West is part of a statewide system of support funded
by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to enhance the
knowledge and competencies of educators, parents and community members
for promoting the academic excellence of English language learners
(ELLs) in New York State schools. The RBE-RN West provides the highest
quality technical assistance, professional development and resources to
ensure success for our students. Denise is delighted to serve as
Buffalo Region Chair together with Melissa Duquette, Colleen Glahe,
Rebecca Murphy, Kim Wolf, and Elena Zelfond. She is the recipient of numerous awards and
states that her greatest achievement is that of wife to Miguel Santos
and mother to their two sons Jacob (22) and Lucas (18).
Kathy Saso, Chair
Kerri Bohringer, Co-Chair,
Kerri Bohringer is an ENL teacher
at Roy C. Ketcham High School in the Wappingers Central School District and an
adjunct lecturer at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Kerri has
also worked abroad teaching English in Costa Rica and Taiwan. In her years
teaching, she has worked with the American Federation of Teachers’ Innovation
Fund on the engagement of Secondary ELLs with the Common Core. She has also
worked with the Research Foundation at the State University of New York at
Albany on the Multimodal Observation Protocol that focuses on ELLs within the
STEM classroom. Kerri has presented at NYS TESOL, TESOL International, NYSABE,
and Share My Lesson Ideas and Innovations Virtual Conference. Her topics have
included ELLs and the Common Core, current events in the ESL classroom,
collaborations with neighboring universities, and co-teaching strategies. She
holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a M.S. in TESOL from SUNY New Paltz.
Pam Knittel, Co-Chair,
Pam has worked in the Poughkeepsie City School District for 9 years, as a K-8 ENL teacher and K-12 District ENL Coach. She has a Bachelor's degree in German, my Master's degree in TESOL, and she has post-graduate work in Humanistic/Multicultural Education. All degrees are from SUNY New Paltz.
She has been a member of NYS TESOL and TESOL since 2007, and has had the opportunity to present at both conventions various times. She has lived abroad in three countries and understands what it's like to be immersed in a different language and culture. She believes strongly that every child has the right to be bilingual, and her efforts in school advocate to promote this belief for not only our ELLs, but our mainstream English-speaking students. To that end, although she works in an ENL stand-alone program (Poughkeepsie does not have a bilingual program), she believes in the benefits of the dual-language approach and hope that one day all students can achieve the seal of biliteracy on their high school diploma.
Alexandria Wolochuk, Co-Chair, Molloy College
Wolochuk, O.P., received her Ph.D. in TESOL from New York University in
New York City. She is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Education
Program at Molloy College in Rockville center, New York and a member of
a religious community, the Order of the Sisters of St. Dominic,
Amityville, New York.
Kelley E. Cordeiro, Co-Chair, Molloy College
Kelley Cordeiro serves both at the college level, as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Education TESOL program for Molloy College, in Rockville Centre, New York, as well as at the elementary level, as an instructor of English as a New Language in the Farmingdale Public School District. Prior to this, she taught for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. She earned her MS in Education from Molloy College, holding Professional Certification in the areas of Childhood, Early Childhood and TESOL, as well as advanced certification in Special Education, birth to second grade, and grades 1-6. She is a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society (DKG) International Honor Society for Women Educators, the recipient of the Molloy College Graduate Education Faculty Honors Award, as well as the Long Island ESOL 2010 award for Outstanding ESL Teacher Candidate. She is also the proud mother of three children.
New York City
Jordan Van Horn, Co-Chair
Jordan Van Horn is the USCIS Program Coordinator at the Center for
Immigrant Education and Training (CIET) and an adjunct instructor in
The English Language Center (TELC) at LaGuardia Community College,
CUNY. In addition to teaching a variety of ESL classes to adult
immigrant and academic populations, she has also designed curricula for
immigrant nurses in the NYC Welcome Back Center. Jordan has presented
on utilizing visual thinking strategies in designing classroom tasks
(ESL Technology Night at the Tenement Museum, 2017) and on scaffolding
writing tasks for advanced ESL students (Literacy Review Conference,
2017). Jordan graduated with an MA in Applied Linguistics from Teachers
College, Columbia University.
Tristan Thorne Co-Chair
Tristan Thorne holds a BA in Language Studies from UC Santa Cruz and
an MA in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia
University. He has taught English in Spain, Japan, and the United
States. In addition to teaching at the American Language Program at
Columbia University, Tristan is also a Curriculum Specialist for Tools
for Clear Speech, an academic support program at CUNY's Baruch College
that helps develop the oral communication skills of English language
learners. His areas of interest include second language identity,
technology in the classroom, and the assessment of second language
Alison Doughtie, Chair
Alison Doughtie is a professor of English as a second language at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY. She received a BA in Russian language from Rice University, an MA in Slavic languages and literatures from Indiana University, and an MA in TESOL/applied linguistics from Indiana University. She has over twenty years of experience teaching English in a variety of higher ed settings and to a wide range of students. Her interests include syntax, contrastive rhetoric (and the connection between the two), as well as ESL higher education and adult learner concerns.