As a Dakota TESL affiliate member of TESOL, first-time TESOL participants are eligible for a FREE TESOL membership! The upcoming TESOL conference will be held March 25-28, 2015 in Toronto, Canada--if you are planning to/would like to go, or would just like to be a member of TESOL International, check with Jill Shafer, Dakota TESL's TESOL liaison, for more information about these FREE memberships! (See contact information below!)
Our organization is governed by four officers and an interest area board of directors. Dakota TESL's current slate of officers, who were elected at the 2014 Dakota TESL/Title I Power of Education Conference October 9th in Bismarck, North Dakota, includes:
President-- Alissa Bland-Metzler, Bismarck Public Schools--Will-Moore Elementary, 400 E. Avenue E, Bismarck, ND 58501 firstname.lastname@example.org
President-elect-- Emily Koo, 114 S. Main Ave., Suite 100, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Emily.Koo@lsssd.org
Secretary-- Lindsey Olson, Sioux Falls School District, 1000 S. Edward Dr., Sioux Falls, SD 57103-2988 Lindsey.email@example.com
Treasurer-- Amy Vander Lugt, P.O. Box 2408, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-2408 Amy.firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, board members represent the voices of educators in their specific interest areas. The new board members are:
Higher Education-- Tara Arntsen, Northern State University Office of International Programs, 1200 S. Jay St., Aberdeen, SD 57401 Tara.Arntsen@northern.edu
Adult Education-- Amy Franz, Fargo Adult Learning Center, 1305 9th Ave. S., Fargo, ND 58103 email@example.com
Secondary Education-- Cindy Benson, 1913 9th St. S., Moorhead, MN 56560 firstname.lastname@example.org
Elementary Education-- Rebecca Andvik, Dickinson Public Schools, Dickinson, ND 58601 email@example.com
Hutterite Colonies-- Dona Duba, Platte Geddes School System, 401 Illinois Street, Platte, SD 57369 Donna.Duba@k12.sd.us
Native American Education-- position vacant
Migrant Education-- Brenda Palsma-Teske, 216 10th St. SE, Watertown, SD 57201 Brenda.Palsma-Teske@k12.sd.us
TESOL Liaison-- Dr. Jill Shafer, University of North Dakota, Education, Room 271, 231 Centennial Hall, Stop 7189, Grand Forks, ND 58202-7189 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dakota TESL provides support , advocacy, and professional development opportunities for those who work with English as a second language students or English language learners. These students may include limited English proficient immigrant and refugee students, migrant students, Hutterite colonies students, and Native American or Alaska Native students who have a heritage language in their background.
Membership in Dakota TESL is open to ESL/ELL professionals in the Dakotas and surrounding states. These teachers may work with students in all settings: K-12, higher education, adult education, literacy tutoring, and more.
Your membership entitles you to our Dakota TESL newsletter, which is packed with teaching strategies and resources being successfully used in North and South Dakota classrooms.
Your membership dues also help us maintain this website. Feel free to submit articles of interest and check back often for the latest news from the world of ESL/ELL.
We hope you'll take the opportunity to formally join us if you haven't already. Our membership year runs from October to October, with annual membership dues of just $15 (reduced-price memberships for students are also available). Your support keeps us in business serving teachers and learners alike.
Click here to be re-directed to the by-laws of the Dakota TESL organization.