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 2013 Dakota TESL/LSSSD Closer Connections conference, includes:
President-- Dr. Mejai B. M. Avoseh, University of South Dakota, 414 E. Clark St., Vermillion, SD 57069 Mejai.Avoseh@usd.edu
President-elect-- Alissa Bland, Bismarck Public Schools--Will-Moore Elementary, 400 E. Avenue E, Bismarck, ND 58501 firstname.lastname@example.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, Refugee and Immigration Center, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, 1609 W. 11th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57104 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-- Brendan Carson, Intensive English Program, Northern State University, 1200 S. Jay St., Aberdeen, SD 57401 BRENDAN.CARSON@NORTHERN.EDU
Adult Education-- position vacant
Secondary Education-- Cindy Benson, 1913 9th St. S., Moorhead, MN 56560 email@example.com
Elementary Education-- Rebecca Andvik, Dickinson Public Schools, 531 3rd Ave. SW, Dickinson, ND 58601 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hutterite Colonies-- Michelle Schilling, Maple River Colony, P.O. Box 400, Ellendale, ND 58436 email@example.com
Native American Education-- Sunshine Froelich, Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Selfridge, ND firstname.lastname@example.org
Migrant Education-- Brenda Palsma-Teske, 216 10th St. SE, Watertown, SD 57201 Brenda.Palsma-Teske@k12.sd.us
TESOL Liaison-- Laura Smith-Hill, 1609 W. 11th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57104 email@example.com
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.