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 2015 Dakota TESL/LSSSD Closer Connections Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
President-- Emily Koo, 114 S. Main Ave., Suite 100, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 email@example.com
President-elect-- Kerri Whipple, South East Education Cooperative firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary-- Ruthie Wienk, South Dakota State University email@example.com
Treasurer-- Tara Arntsen, Northern State University Office of International Programs, 1200 S. Jay St., Aberdeen, SD 57401 Tara.Arntsen@northern.edu
In addition, board members represent the voices of educators in their specific interest areas. The new board members are:
Higher Education-- Christopher Jenks, Ph.D., University of South Dakota, 414 E. Clark St. Vermillion, SD 57069 Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Education-- Amy Franz, Fargo Adult Learning Center, 1305 9th Ave. S., Fargo, ND 58103 email@example.com
Secondary Education-- Deb Harrison firstname.lastname@example.org
Elementary Education-- Karen J. Kindle, Ed.D., University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069 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-- Nathan Ziegler, Ph.D., South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD Nathan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out upcoming professional development activities for English Learner teachers on the Teacher Training page!
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.
You may also apply for a Dakota TESL scholarship to assist you in meeting the needs of your English Learner students. The scholarship application is available here.
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.