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ITBE Officers

                    ITBE OFFICERS                     


Illinois TESOL-BE's Board also consists of Elected and Appointed Executive Board Members and SIG Leaders. For more information on each Board position, view TESOL-BE's Constitution and Bylaws webpages.
 PRESIDENT                                                                      
  Akiko Ota
  Contact: president@itbe.org 

Akiko Ota is the director of the English Language Learning Center at Governors State
University. She attained an M.A. TESOL, an M.S. Education (Postsecondary, Adult,
and Continuing Education), and Ed.D. on Educational Leadership: Postsecondary
Education from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. She has been teaching
                                               English in the United States and Japan across the full spectrum of instructional levels
                                              (literacy to college transitional ESL) for various student populations and institutions for more                                                       than twenty years. In addition to her expertise in teaching English, she specializes in
                                               international student research and teacher, student services personnel training in U.S. higher                                                education, curriculum development and online teaching and learning. On her free time, she                                                       enjoys taking photography, Zumba, and good coffee at local coffee shops.

Vice President/Convention Chair                                          
Angie Remigio    
Contact: convention@itbe.org / vp@itbe.org

Maria A. Remigio (Angie) has served as ITBE's Elementary SIG Chair. Her responsibilities included holding membership meetings during the ITBE Convention and organizing the Annual Elementary Poetry Contest. Angie currently serves as an English as a New Language Specialist in a suburban school district. She has done this for the past 6 years. Prior to this, she was a regular education teacher in the same district for 8 years. Angie has been an active member of ITBE since 2016. Angie holds a B.S. Degree in Engineering, a Masters Degree  in Bilingual Education, a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and is a National Board Certified Teacher. She is a dedicated member of her community who has participated in steering committees to enhance the community and its members such as the LIsle Young Life/WyldLife program and the Lisle Veterans Memorial.  She has made a positive impact on English Language Learners and teachers. Other contributions include presenting in numerous conferences, facilitating workshops in her school district and participating in ITBE/TESOL events and professional learning opportunities.


helloSECRETARY                                                                           
Vallan Kantner
Contact: secretary@itbe.org

Vallan Kantner has worked in the field of international education since graduating from Agnes Scott College in 2007. Initially working as an administrator at Emory University's study abroad office, Vallan decided to pursue her MA in Applied Linguistics: TESL/TEFL and graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 2013. Since this time, she has been a curriculum developer, program manager, and instructor in the USA, Russia, and Japan and recently returned to her home of Chicago to work as an Elementary and Junior High ESL/ELA instructor at Futabakai Japanese School Chicago.  Her research background focuses on interlanguage pragmatic development and comparative education systems.


ITBE OPERATION MANAGER                                            
Sylvia Rivera
Contact: mebership@itbe.org 

Sylvia Rivera serves as ITBE's Operations Manager. Her responsibilities include managing the ITBE Membership Database, Job Database, and Workshop / Convention registration process.
Sylvia has served English language learners in a suburban school district as a bilingual math teacher for 16 years. She is also an adjunct professor at National Louis University. Sylvia has been an active member of ITBE since 2011. Sylvia has numerous post-secondary degrees, including an M.S.in Education and another in Educational Leadership.

She is passionate about contributing to the field of English-language learners and professionals and to this end, has presented in numerous conferences, facilitated workshops for local districts and participates in ITBE/TESOL events and professional learning opportunities.