NYS TESOL SIGs

The Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and the Regions are the heart of NYS TESOL. Together, these communities provide the means to ensure greater participation of individual membership in our professional organization.

Goals of the SIGs:
As microcosms of NYS TESOL, the SIGs adhere to the goals of the association as identified in the NYS TESOL Constitution:

  • To provide professional development, participation and leadership;
  • To provide for study and research;
  • To disseminate information relevant to the organization;
  • To work cooperatively toward the improvement of instruction in all programs which seek to provide students with an opportunity to acquire English language skills and proficiency, whether they can be carried out in monolingual or bilingual modes of instruction;
  • To promote empathy and respect for the native culture and language of all students of English, whether they are learning in a bilingual or monolingual context.

Sheila Damato is our Director of SIGs

Contact her at sigs@nystesol.org



Adult Education SIG Leadership Team 2022

Contact them at  esladult@nystesol.org

Elke Stappert

Fatma Ghailan



Anti-Racist Action SIG Leadership Team 2022

JPB Gerald


Alexis Cavaluzzi


Dana Calve



Claire Fisher


Timothy Fora




Applied Linguistics SIG Leadership Team 2022

Contact them at appliedlinguistics@nystesol.org

Yu Jung Han

Yana Shifrina-Piljovin



 Bilingual/Dual Language SIG Leadership Team 2022

Contact them at bilingual@nystesol.org

Yanira Stoker

Jian Liu

Andrea Diaz



Elementary Education SIG Leadership Team 2022

Contact them at elementary@nystesol.org

Susan Calix

Adriana DiScipio

Brigitte Pittarelli



Higher Education SIG Leadership Team 2022

Contact them at highered@nystesol.org

Paul Shively


Cesar Alejandro Galindo



Secondary Education SIG Leadership Team 2022

Contact them at secondary@nystesol.org

Stephanie Chiu

Dr. Sandra Vargas

Timothy Nassau



Special Education SIG Leadership Team 2022

Contact them at specialeducation@nystesol.org

Jamie Scripps

Chelsea Ann Stinton



Teacher Education SIG Leadership Team 2022

Contact them at teachereducation@nystesol.org

Seonhee Cho

Beth Clark-Gareca



Technology-Enhanced Language Learning SIG Leadership Team 2022

Contact them at techlearning@nystesol.org

Amany Alkhayat 

Jasmine Cowin