We are excited to announce our new BC TESOL Executive, as a result of the well-attended AGM at the annual BC TESOL Conference.  Thank you to all members who attended as well for your support and interest in the inner workings of your PSA.

Your New Executive

President: Liz Seitz

Past President: Ross Powell

Vice President: Ebrahim Bawa

Vice President: Chris Brown

Treasurer: Analisa Feuz

Secretary: Debbie Gomes

Newsletter Editor: Rebecca Wilson

Members-At-Large:

Kris Hull

Derek Imai

Tennys Scott

Oliver Kollar

Rebeka delaMorandiere

You can join us!  The BC TESOL Executive consists of BC TESOL members who willingly put in volunteer hours on behalf of ELL students and specialists around our beautiful province. Executive positions are open for election each year.

Open at the next AGM (October 2019):

Members-At-Large

Roles and Responsibilities of Some of the Executive Positions

The executive meets face-to-face 4 times a year at BCTF with expenses covered, including mileage, lunch, and TOC coverage. We occasionally discuss via email or other means during the year as well.

Come learn more at the AGM, which is open to all members at the annual October conference.  Consider joining this hard-working group in their efforts to support additional language learners and teachers.  We welcome your contributions!

 

Why would a busy teacher, who already works hard to support learners, join the BC TESOL Executive and give yet more volunteer hours, another slice of their precious time?

Janet Mowatt, Member-at-Large, says:

“Being in contact with other ELL teachers enhances my ability to teach in the classroom.  It keeps me in touch with the different approaches in teaching ELL, in finding out opportunities for my students.  Further, the support I get from being on the BC TESOL executive helps to break down the sense of isolation I feel in working in a large school with a small ELL department.”

Janet speaks of the common situation where ELL teachers are often doing double-duty around the school, split between departments.  ELL departments can sometimes feel fragmented.  The BC TESOL executive appreciates the voice Janet brings to the table, speaking from this familiar situation.

Your 2018 – 2019 BC TESOL Executive

Ross Powell (Past President)

Ross was a District Helping Teacher in LST with the Surrey School District. He now works as a faculty associate with the SFU PDP program. He has taught for 25 years, mostly in English and ELL at the secondary level.

 

Elizabeth Seitz (President)

Elizabeth Seitz is a middle school teacher in Kelowna who loves how much she loves her job. She endeavors to honor all people (and anything living) by treading lightly, encouraging, supporting, and respecting.

 

Analisa Feuz (Treasurer)

Analisa is a District Helping Teacher in LST with the Surrey School District. Previous to this position she taught at the elementary and secondary levels.

 

Debbie Gomes (Secretary)

Debbie has been teaching in Vancouver for 17 years and loves the challenges it brings every day. She is department head of ELL at Eric Hamber Secondary and is an International Advisor for the VSB as well.

 

Kris Hull (Member-at-Large)

Kris is now the co-creator and teacher of the ELL Bridge Program at the Surrey School District ELL Welcome Centre for new immigrants aged 13-19 who come from trauma and refugee backgrounds. The program focuses on basic English skills, community exposure and Canadian culture.

 

Derek Imai (Member-at-Large)

Derek works in the Learner Support department at James Ardiel Elementary school in Surrey. He is a strong advocate for students and has had a long involvement with the STA and BCTF.

 

Chris Brown (Vice President)

Chris is a teacher at Shawnigan Lake School Preparatory Campus. He specializes in ELL for high school students. Chris believes in helping new-comers to Canada by way of inclusion, tolerance and mutual respect. His practice as an educator has also led him to pursue a part-time career in immigration, as the director of Tudor House Immigration Services Inc.

 

Rebecca Wilson (Newsletter Editor)

Rebecca Wilson is an elementary English language teacher servicing new Canadians, international and refugee students in Vernon, B.C. She loves the diversity of her students and her job. She can’t help but come to school with a smile on her face!

 

Tennys Scott (Member-at-Large)

 

 

Ebrahim Bawa (Member-at-Large & 2018 Conference Chair)

 

And new this year:

Oliver Kollar

Rebeka delaMorandiere

Rebeka is the ELL specialist for Langley Fundamental Middle and Secondary School. Most of Rebeka’s experience has been working with high school international students, but she has also worked in pre-university pathway programs, with adult newcomer programs, and overseas in volunteer English programs.

 

 

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