Welcome, Felicitas!

Please join us in welcoming Felicitas as the new Vice President of NM TESOL. Felicitas teaches ESL and Early Childhood Multicultural Education courses at UNM Valencia Campus. She has previously taught all levels from pre-school to university in California and has participated in cultural exchanges in Adult Learning in Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Indonesia, Malyasia, and Thailand. In addition to teaching, Felicitas has served as an administrator and has completed graduate coursework in ESL, Bilingual, Special Ed, Early Childhood, Adult Learning, and Education Administration.

While we were sorry to accept the resignation of Amy Christensen, we are happy to have Felicitas on the Board of Directors.

Did you miss the BBQ?

On Saturday, June 26, NMTESOL members gathered at the home of Treasurer Carolyn Kaltenbach and her husband Alexi Castillo (who is also a NMTESOL member) for a potluck picnic and BBQ. In addition to being a pleasant afternoon of good food and conversation with friends and colleagues, the picnic was the official announcement of the new NMTESOL logo. Marcus Furrow, designer of the winning logo and a student at the Digital Arts and Technology Academy charter school in Albuquerque, and his mother joined us. Board members presented Marcus with a check for $100, which was the prize offered in our logo design contest.

Here’s a picture of Marcus receiving his check.

(Post edited 10/3/10 to include photo)

Board Changes

The Board of Directors announces the departure of our founding Vice President Amy Christensen. “I think NMTESOL needs a Vice President that can contribute more to the organization,” she wrote in a message that accompanied her letter of resignation dated May 5, 2010, and “[I] continue to be overcommitted both professionally and personally.”  Amy served NMTESOL since its inception. From the Spring 2008 brainstorming meetings held at CNM to NMTESOL’s incorporation as a non-profit charitable organization in New Mexico and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status, Amy was there signing forms and applications. As a matter of fact, Amy was the first official member of NMTESOL: her dues payment was used to open our credit union account. Although she isn’t on the Board any longer, Amy is still a member of NMTESOL, and we hope to see her at our events in the future. Thanks for your service, Amy!

So, now NMTESOL needs a new Vice President. If you would like to serve on the Board of Directors, you can nominate yourself to be Vice President. Please contact NMTESOL at nmtesol@gmail.com if you are interested in contributing to building our professional association.

In case you were wondering…

We got an email the other day asking if we were still around, so I guess it is past time to post something here!

I know the end of the semester/year is a hectic time for most of us, but I wonder if we couldn’t generate a little discussion here.  So I was wondering what  types of things you would like to see on this blog.  So far we mostly use it to announce or report on meetings.  But would you like to see other things here, too?  If so, please leave your suggestions as comments here.  We would love to know what you are thinking!

What are you doing on April 2nd?

NMTESOL members are cordially invited to attend a symposium to bring together developmental and first-year ESOL writing programs to discuss challenges and innovations.  Faculty from CNM, UNM, and UNM-Valencia will give presentations on Friday, April 2, at the CNM Main campus from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

The symposium will be held in building KC, room 26 at the CNM main campus in Albuquerque. The tentative agenda is:
1:00-1:15     Welcome & Overview
1:15-1:45     Presentation on ESL Needs & Opportunities
1:45-2:30     Roundtable Discussion
2:30-2:45     Break
2:45-3:15     Presentation on Genre-Based First-Year Writing
3:15-4:00     Roundtable Discussion

Please note that this event is not organized by NMTESOL, however, the organizers welcome all interested NMTESOL members. After the symposium, NMTESOL will host a reception from 4 to 5 pm for all members who attend.

If you want to attend this ESOL writing event, please RSVP to nmtesol@gmail.com by Monday, March 29 so we can inform symposium organizers and plan our reception.

We look forward to seeing you on April 2!