President's Message


2017 was a busy and productive year for our organization. We awarded seven free TESOL memberships, three free MITESOL conference registrations, and one Michigan Albert H. Marckwardt Conference Travel Grant. We also sent two members of our board (Sharon Umlor and Jennifer Musser) to the national TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit in Washington D.C. Then, as always, MITESOL hosted another successful annual conference.

Coming up soon, I look forward to welcoming you to our MITESOL reception at TESOL 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Please join us at the Salero Restaurant 621 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661 on Thursday, March 29th from 6 - 8 p.m. Salero is located approximately four miles from the conference venue and is most accessible by taxi or Uber. You must RSVP and print your receipt in order to attend and receive your free drink ticket. There will also be a cash bar, Spanish-inspired Hors d’oeuvres, and social time with your fellow MITESOListas from around the world! Click HERE for more information and a link to RSVP. 

There are always changes in MITESOL’s leadership from year to year. In our annual election in October, we voted in a new President-elect, Ildi Porter-Szucs (Eastern Michigan University), who will be chairing the 2018 fall conference. Ildi is a long-time MITESOL member and has previously served on the MITESOL Board as Newsletter Editor. She is a regular presenter at MITESOL and “big” TESOL. Also elected in October are Anthony Taylor, U of M Flint, new Professional Development SIG Leader, and Kendra Seitz, Rochester Community Schools, new K-12 SIG Leader. They both have made excellent contributions to the virtual presence of MITESOL already! Check out the refreshed K-12 SIG page on the MITESOL website and consider joining the Professional Development SIG Facebook group. Brian Pickerd and Stacy Tanner completed their two years of SIG Leader service for the Professional Development SIG and the K-12 SIG, respectively. We appreciate their contributions to the organization. Also, please help me thank Andy McCullough, who completed his service as Past President. Under Andy’s leadership, MITESOL attracted a number of new members to the Board and fostered a deep and collaborative partnership with IATEFL Poland. Now we are looking for the next President-elect to join us and chair the 2019 MITESOL Conference. The new President-elect will be supported by an outstanding, enthusiastic, and passionate Board. Please email Ildi ildips@yahoo.com, Suzanne suzanne.toohey@oakland.k12.mi.us, or Jolene jjaquays2005@yahoo.com if you have any questions, or if you wish to nominate yourself for this important position.

The TESOL 2018 International Convention & English Language Expo is next month in Chicago and the MITESOL Board would like to know which of our members are presenting. Please use this link to tell us about your presentation so we can share it with the rest of MITESOL. View the list of MITESOL member presentations at TESOL 2018 in this document

I’ll close this by extending a BIG THANKS to everyone who volunteered for MITESOL in the past year. This organization would not exist without your dedication and professionalism. 

Suzanne Toohey

President, MITESOL 

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