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ITBE SMALL INTEREST GROUPS (SIGS) BOARD

Illinois TESOL-BE's Board also consists of Officers and Elected and Appointed Executive Board Members. For more information on each Board position, view Illinois TESOL-BE's Constitution and Bylaws webpages.
 

ADULT EDUCATION                                                                                                              

Marcia Luptak 

Adult Education SIG Co-Chair
Contact: adultsig@itbe.org

Marcia Luptak started teaching ESL in the CESL program at Southern Illinois University in 1993 when she
was a linguistics graduate student there. In 1996, she began teaching adult education ESL at Elgin
Community College (ECC), where she taught ESL classes until 2014. In 2014, she became the Senior
Director of the ESL program at ECC. She holds an M.S. Ed. in Adult, Continuing, and Literacy Education
from National Louis University in Chicago. She has been actively involved in ESL and adult education
throughout her career. She has presented at multiple conferences (including ITBE) as well as the Adult
Learning Resource Center (ALRC) in Arlington Heights and served on the IACEA Board as the Jr./Sr. Chair
of Curriculum – ESL from 2016-2018. She also participated on the ICCB ESL Strategic Plan subcommittee
in 2018. Marcia is an active member of TESOL and has been a member of ITBE since 1999.

HIGHER EDUCATION                                                                                                              

Barbara Gomez

Higher Education SIG Co-Chair
Contact: highsig@itbe.org
 
Barbara Gomez, M.Ed., has been an educator of English language learners for approximately 25 years, from middle school to Adult Ed.  She received her Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction from National Louis University with an endorsement in ESL and a Type 75 certificate in 2007. After 18 years in Huntley, she retired from the public school in 2014 and continues to teach as an adjunct professor at National Louis University in ESL/bilingual education. She became a Professional Adjunct Lecturer (P.A.L.) in 2015 where she continues to teach cohorts, blended and online. She has been a member of ITBE, IAMME, TESOL, ASCD, and NEA most of her teaching career. SHe became involved in the board of ITBE in 2008 helping the secondary education SIG evaluate student essays for the Writing Contest. She was co-chair of the Awards committee in 2014 through 2018 and was the secretary for 2018-2019. Currently, she is the co-chair of the Higher Education SIG with Mary Jorgenson-Sullivan.  
 


 

Mary Jorgenson Sullivan 

Higher Education SIG Co-Chair
Contact: highsig@itbe.org

Mary Jorgenson Sullivan is the Associate Director of English Language Services at Illinois Institute of Technology. She earned her BA in Philosophy from Loyola University and her Master’s in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  From 1990-2002, she taught English as a Second/Foreign language at community-based organizations in Chicago.  Additionally, she taught English for Academic Purposes at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey and the American Cultural Center in Alexandria, Egypt.  Prior to becoming the Associate Director of English Language Services, Mary was a lecturer at the Tutorium in Intensive English at UIC and an adjunct faculty member at Illinois Tech. Her professional interests include learner autonomy, instructional design, and academic reading and vocabulary.  



  












 

SECONDARY EDUCATION                                                                                                       

Lila Birchfield

Secondary Education SIG Co-Chair
Contact: secondarysig@itbe.org












 

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION                                                                                                     

Brittany Smith

Elementary Education SIG Co-Chair
Contact: elemsig@itbe.org
 
Brittany Smith has been an ESL educator for the past 6 years. She has taught in a Sheltered ESL setting for grades Kindergarten, first and second grade. She is currently employed as an English as a Second Language Specialist in Lisle Community Unit School District 202. During the summer months, Brittany is the Coordinator of a 1st-8th grade ESL Summer Science program that reaches language learners across Dupage County. This program provides ELs with exposure to science content while engaging them in hands-on learning opportunities and practicing academic language with the goal of strengthening academic language and building background knowledge. Brittany received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in middle school Language Arts from Northern Illinois University. She obtained her English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement through the Northern Illinois University Project Dreams Scholarship shortly after. Brittany completed her Master’s degree in August of 2018 in Educational Administration from her alma mater Northern Illinois University. In her many roles, Brittany has served as an advocate for her students and strongly believes in bilingual parent involvement. With the other EL teachers in Lisle School District 202, Brittany leads Bilingual Family Nights. Brittany is dedicated to the bilingual community in Lisle, and always looking for ways to broaden her impact to outside communities.