Elected Officials

NYS TESOL Executive Board

Ching-Ching Lin
Ching-Ching Lin, Ed. D., is humbled and honored to serve as the NYS TESOL 2021-2022 President and looking forward to serving its diverse communities in collaboration with an impressive lineup of Executive Board members. As an educator, her career spans more than 20 years of experience as a high school social studies, ESL, & Bilingual Education teacher, college ESL instructor, and TESOL & Bilingual Education educator. Her passion for working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities comes from her personal experience as an immigrant, a former international student and English Language Learner. 
Contact her at pres@nystesol.org.

Christine Seebach
Christine is an adjunct professor at Suffolk Community College, and a teacher of ENL in Brentwood Schools on Long Island. She has also worked teaching Spanish in Half Hollow Hills CSD and NYC DOE. She taught EFL in Venezuela, and studied in Spain. Christine earned a BA in Spanish-Secondary Ed at SUNY Cortland, an MA in TESOL at NYU, and the Ed Leadership graduate certificate at Stony Brook University.  She is in the Doctor of Ed  program for Administrative and Instructional Leadership at St. John‘s University. Her research focuses on instructional practices. 
Contact her at pres-elect@nystesol.org.

Immediate Past President
Monica Baker
Monica is an ENL teacher in the Hudson Valley. She is a passionate advocate for English Language Learners and their families, as well as an active member of NYSUT.  Monica has previously served NYS TESOL as Conference Chair and President-Elect. She lives in upstate New York with her two boys.

Vice President, Advocacy
JPB Gerald

JPB Gerald is an adult educator and doctoral student at CUNY – Hunter College pursuing an EdD in Instructional Leadership. His scholarship focuses on language education, racism, and whiteness. He lives in Queens with his wife, dog, and baby. You can find his work at jpbgerald.com.

Contact him at vpadvocacy@nystesol.org.

Vice President, Communications
Lesley Painter-Farrell

Lesley Painter-Farrell is the current Director of the MA TESOL at the New School in New York City. She has taught English in Portugal, Poland, and across Asia. She moved to New York to head a teacher training department, designing courses for teaching younger learners, teaching using new trends and language development courses for teachers who are not native speakers of English. Her research focuses on reflective practice in teaching. Her published materials include The Role Play Book, Homework, and Lessons Learned: First Steps Towards Reflective Teaching in ELT and several journal articles.

Contact her at  vpcommunications@nystesol.org

Vice President, Conference 
Yasmeen Coaxum

Yasmeen Coaxum, Adjunct Faculty at the English Language Institute of Long Island University- Brooklyn Campus and the American Language Program at Columbia University, holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition from the University of Barcelona. She has taught ELLs in national and international contexts for more than 12 years, specializing in English for Academic Purposes and Business English at language schools, universities, and corporations in, Japan, Turkey, Germany, Spain, and the U.S. Ms. Coaxum is a frequent presenter at conferences, including Columbia‘s ALP Winter Conference, the NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics Winter Conference and the JALT CALL Conference. Her research interests include CALL, MALL, vocabulary acquisition, and pedagogical grammar. Most recently, she has focused her research on leveraging instructional technology to increase student motivation and accelerate English language proficiency.

Contact her at vpconference@nystesol.org.

Vice President, Finance
Shawnna Sweet

Shawnna Sweet is a professional development specialist at Mid-West RBERN and graduate TESOL instructor at Nazareth College. She is currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership Program University of Rochester‘s Warner School of Education. Her areas of expertise include the NYS Seal of Biliteracy, High School Graduation Requirements and Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education.

Contact her at vpfinance@nystesol.org.

Conference Chair-Elect 
Dr. Olga De Jesus

Dr. Olga De Jesus has been an educator for over 20 years with areas of expertise in special education, bilingual education, language acquisition, instructional technology, and teacher preparation in higher education. She holds two master‘s degrees in Elementary Education and School Administration from Mercy College. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.
In 2017, as a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. De Jesus provided professional development to the faculty and teaching candidates of the University of Vienna under the theme Empowering the Diverse Learner through Digital Storytelling.  Her career extends from having been a bilingual special education teacher, professional instructional coach for a school district in the Bronx, an associate in the policy unit of the Special Education department in (NYSED), to college professor. Dr. De Jesus is an associate professor and department chair of the TESOL and Bilingual Teacher Certification Programs at Touro College.  

Contact her at vpconfelect@nystesol.org.

Vice President, Membership 
Kendra Howard

Educating and guiding young English learners has been a passion of Kendra Howard Vasile since long before she received her M.A. in TESOL from Hunter College. Since then, she has been working as an ENL teacher in the New York City Public school system adapting curriculum, creating engaging tools and resources, providing rich instruction and advocating for diverse multilingual elementary students. Kendra‘s undergraduate background in Communications and her love for the TESOL community as a whole led her to this VP Membership position. She is honored to serve NYSTESOL with her fellow EB team and looks forward to connecting with members as we learn and grow in our professions together.

Contact her at vpmembership@nystesol.org.

Vice President, Outreach 
Tanya Rosado-Barringer

Tanya Rosado-Barringer is the Executive Director and Coordinator of Mid-State RBERN at OCM BOCES and a former ENL Teacher for the NYCDOE. She holds a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Hofstra University, an M.S. in TESOL Education from Lehman College, an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College. She serves on the NYSED Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages Content Advisory Panel, ELL Graduation Task Force, and the Cultural Responsive Sustaining Education Task Group. She was the recipient of the 2020 Senator Paul Simon NYS Friend of Foreign Language from NYSAFLT. 

Contact her at vpoutreach@nystesol.org.