NMTESOL Open Board Meeting Invitation – May 19th, 2018


NMTESOL in its present-day iteration has been around since 2008. In these 10 years, we have held numerous state-wide conferences as well as local workshops, produced a regular newsletter, greeted foreign visitors, and even have begun a professional journal.

Currently, the organization is suffering from a decline in membership and as a result, participation and leadership. We were unable to enlist anyone to fill several open Board positions. There will be added vacancies by the end of the year. We seek to restructure the organization to better reflect and meet the needs of the membership, but we will be unable to move forward without leadership on the Board and member ownership. This ownership will allow the professionals of New Mexico to have an International TESOL affiliate organization. In order to do so, we are opening up our board meetings to members, starting in May.

Our first open board meeting will be on May 19th, 2018 at 2 PM. Click this link to join: https://hangouts.google.com/group/Q8LIgRH6hRvqCGrs2

The New Mexican immigrant, refugee, and indigenous second language learner communities continue to have a profound need for various services including English language instruction. While the number of certified ESL teachers in New Mexico has been reduced due to declining state funding, the number of instructors and tutors who serve ESL students in our state remains high.

We would like to continue to support the state with professional development opportunities and want to engage those in the classroom to help us define what those opportunities look like.

By opening up the meeting to members, we hope to meet some specific goals. Goals of the first meeting include:

  • defining and promoting leadership opportunities
  • soliciting service and participation to keep the organization alive and moving forward

If you cannot attend on the 19th, please send your comment and ideas by Friday, May 18th to nmtesol at gmail dot com.

We look forward to your attendance and contributions.


Amy Zhupikov, Vice-President
Dean Sundberg, Treasurer
Penny Mortier, Secretary
Ruth Cisneros, Newsletter Editor

Annual Meeting

If you’re a member of NMTESOL and confirmed your RSVP for our meeting today, we’re looking forward to seeing you.

As you know, we’re also hosting a group of international visitors touring New Mexico as part of the US State Departments’ International Visitor Leadership Program.

During our meeting, we’ll all participate in a type of “ice-breaker.”

There are three pages.

You can download them here:

Page 1: New Mexico Jigsaw Form A

Page 2: NM jigsaw Form B

Page 3: NM jigsaw Form C


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!

Annual Meeting

We would like to remind members of NMTESOL that the annual meeting will be help on Friday, December 4, from 6-8 pm.  in Albuquerque. This meeting is required by our bylaws, but it is also a chance for us to get together and get to know each other better.

Three officer positions will be filled at this annual meeting: Treasurer, President, and Director A.

In addition to the business portion of the meeting, there will be a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share.  Drinks will be provided.

If you are not yet a member of NMTESOL but would like to join, we will be happy to take your membership application and dues at this meeting.

Date: December 4, 2009

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Place: 4904 Camino De Monte NE, Albuquerque


Workshops: PPP v. TBL & Teamwork tips

Thank you to everyone who attended our first event of 2009: PPP vs. TBL and Teamwork Tips for ESL Classes. The turnout was great with members from Gallup, Farmington, Clovis, Los Lunas, Belen, Placitas, and Albuquerque in attendance!

We have posted the workshop pictures in our photo album, so feel free to download them. We look forward to our upcoming event in Santa Fe on March 14. This will be a joint event with Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) – so save the date! More news to come soon . . .

Here are the handouts: