NYS TESOL Executive Board
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Immediate Past President
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.
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Vice President, Advocacy
Christine Passarelli graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a BA in Elementary Education and Language Arts. She started her career teaching in East Harlem, NY in 2003. She currently teaches at PS22 in Staten Island, NY. At the very start of her time in the classroom, it became evident to her that the school system was filled with diverse students from various linguistic and ethnic backgrounds. She knew from the very first time that she stepped into a classroom that she was meant to become an educator of English Language Learners. She continued her studies at CUNY Hunter College and obtained an MA in TESOL Education.
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Nicole Bell is a professional development specialist with the Mid-West Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network, which serves English language learners and bilingual education programs in New York state. Nicole has classroom experience both as a music educator and English as a New language teacher. Nicole is very committed to family engagement practices with multilingual learners and their families. She continues to spend her summers working with the Oswego Migrant Education summer program as lead teacher/program coordinator. Additionally, her interest areas include culturally responsive teaching, bilingual techniques in the classroom, the Latinx student experience, and migrant education. Nicole is a lifelong learner with an undergraduate and master's degree from Nazareth University and is currently pursuing her Ed. D. in the leadership for diverse learning communities program at Molloy University, where her dissertation is focused on equitable family engagement of Latinx students. Nicole loves ALL things conferences and is excited to be a part of the planning for the next few years.
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Vice President, Finance
Dr. Hyunjin Jinna Kim is a Postdoctoral Associate at Stony Brook University. She previously taught English as a Foreign Language in South Korea for three years in a K-5 setting. She also taught English as a Second Language, academic composition, multicultural education, teaching methods and assessment, and teacher preparation practicum in higher education for five years.
Jinna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Ewha Womans University in South Korea. She received her MA in TESL from Penn State University and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an ESOL and Bilingual Education specialization from the University of Florida.
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Vice President, communications
Sandra Vargas, PhD
Sandra Vargas-Ortega has been an educator for over 17 years throughout New York City and Puerto Rico. Dr. Vargas-Ortega holds a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition Research, a MA in TESOL, a BA in Early Childhood Education and an AS in Computer Science. She has been privileged to work with students, teachers, and administrators in a variety of different settings. In her current capacity as an English as a New Language Teacher/ coordinator, she serves students and families of diverse cultural backgrounds, implements ENL programing, modifies and adapts curriculum, and manages compliance data.
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Vice President, Membership
Sam Song, PhD
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Vice President, Outreach
Christian Perticone, MFA
Christian Perticone is the Center Director for ELS in Manhattan. Formerly, he was the Director of Language Programs at MSCT, a nonprofit that serves the South Brooklyn community. He also served as the Chairperson of the Language Studies Department in one of Manhattan’s largest college ESL programs. He entered this field when he taught EFL in Madrid, Spain. He earned his TESOL Certification at Teachers College, his MFA from Arizona State University, his BA from the University of Rochester, and he is currently studying Project Management and Nonprofit Management with the Harvard Extension School. He has presented on the intersectionality of Hip Hop and pedagogical practices, and he is interested in better approaches to leadership and administration. He has presented at several conferences, including the Annual HipHopEx Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Reimagining Education Summer Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University, and several NYS TESOL Conferences.
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Sara J. Muriello, MBA
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Keirah Comstock, PhD
Dr. Keirah Comstock is a researcher, teacher mentor, instructional designer/technologist, and artist. She has been working with faculty members (k-12 & higher ed) to support technology integration. She also has been teaching K-12 and college classes since 2006 as an ENL teacher and Digital Art instructor. She completed her PhD in the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester. Her research interests include instructional technology, technology in education, inclusive teaching, multilingual education, and art in education. She graduated with an MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University and MSED NYS Initial TESOL from Nazareth University.
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