- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Join the Executive
Collaborate on meaningful projects with passionate professionals like you. Contribute to worthwhile initiatives. Join the Executive! We welcome applications from a wide range of teaching sectors:
- Private Language Schools
- Toronto School Boards
Click the icon to download the Expression of Interest [doc], fill it out and email it to Tyson Seburn, President, at email@example.com.
Applications are accepted from January to May, and successful applicants officially join the Executive at our Annual General Meeting in the fall.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
This team is made up of TESL Toronto members from diverse educational sectors with a wide range of skills and experience. Guided by TESL Toronto’s mandate, it serves its membership through various activities, including:
- organizing a local conference and special events throughout the year to provide members with excellent, affordable professional development opportunities, and
- keeping members informed of PD opportunities and relevant news and issues through our website, social media sites, and email bulletins.
Current Executive (2013-2014)
Tyson Seburn, President
“Knowledge is a social construct, never absolute; it must be continually questioned and challenged if it is to continue to be valid.” This quote has stuck and motivated Tyson to continue learning. As Academic coordinator/instructor in the University of Toronto’s International Foundation Program as well as through his blog, 4C in ELT, he hopes to inspire students and colleagues to do the same. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Educational Technology and TESOL through the University of Manchester.
Yusra Albazz, Member at Large
Yusra entered the ESL world in 2006, right after completing her Bachelor of Science. Originally, her plan was to become a biology teacher; however, after she worked with ESL students, she discovered that teaching adults was a much more enriching and meaningful experience for me. Subsequently, in 2010, Yusra got her TESOL certification from U of T. She is currently sharing her passion for teaching with her TESOL and TEYC students at Cornerstone Academic College. What’s next for her? She would like to apply for and complete a Masters in Adult Education in the near future.
Joan Bartel, Member at Large
Joan considers herself lucky to have worked in both teaching and program administration in ESL: in an Adult Education program in Germany, at Harvard in the U.S. and in various positions in Toronto. She recently added a Career Counselling Certificate to her portfolio. In the OSLT (Occupation-specific Language Training) program at Humber College she has found a great place to use all of her educational background. A frequent presenter on soft skills, résumés and immigrants’ critical communication needs for employment, she recently self-published Office Soft Skills1 and 2 in response to those needs.
Carolyn Bergshoeff, Communications Officer
Carolyn has experience in a variety of ELT settings – both in Canada and overseas. Presently, Carolyn teaches in the LINC Home Study National program and is co-founder of Mellyn Education. She believes in building relationships and connections in the ELT community and always has time for her fellow educators.
Cheryl Fretz, Member at Large
Cheryl completed her B.A. at the University of Waterloo in 1994, and set off to Japan to teach English. Six years later, she came to Toronto to complete her M.A. in Second Language Education at OISE, and took a TESL training course at CCLCS. Over the past 10 years, she has taught in private schools, colleges, universities, and LINC. Cheryl’s interest in teacher training led her to her present position as TESL Co-ordinator at CCLCS.
Jennifer Freudenthal, Recording Secretary
While working on her Master of Education degree specializing in TESOL, Jennifer jumped right into the classroom and can still be found there today. Prior to working in Canada, this career path has given her the opportunity to teach ESL to both children and university students in New York State, as well as EFL in the Czech Republic. She was the Director of Academic Programs at a private language school in Toronto before moving into her present position as a secondary ESL, Core French and Cooperative Education teacher with the Toronto District School Board. Jennifer values connecting with and representing Toronto’s TESL community by volunteering on the TESL Toronto Executive Board.
Jennifer Harris, Membership Officer
Jennifer works at University of Toronto’s Continuing Education Department, and has a wide range of experience in teaching, teacher training, curriculum development and administration. She also loves paddle sports and has competed on an international level in Australia, Europe, Malaysia and in the United States.
Tania Iveson, Member at Large
Tania Iveson started her ESL teaching career in Taiwan in 1990. She has also taught in Canada, Spain, England, Brazil and Myanmar. She has been a teacher trainer since 1998 and a CELTA Assessor since 2001. For the Penguin Readers series, she wrote an abridged ESL version of Jack London’s Call of the Wild, and she has contributed to course book series, such as World View. Tania is currently an ESL professor at Sheridan College, an IELTS examiner and a module one DELTA trainer. She has just completed her MA in TESOL and is particularly interested in educational psycholinguistics.
Svetlana Lupasco, Member at Large
Svetlana is a passionate Adult ESL professional committed to a culture of continuous learning, reflective practice, community development, peer support and collaboration. She is currently employed as an ESL Literacy Instructor at Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office. She enjoys being a connected educator actively involved in teacher training by mentoring TESL students, volunteers and interns at TNO’s LINC programs, blogging and tweeting to promote the best practices in language teaching. She believes that teachers should never give up on difficult learners and there is always a solution to any teaching problem.
Christopher P. Madden, Member at Large
Christopher (MA-TESOL) has nine years of curriculum and syllabus design while teaching Elementary, Junior High and University students in Japan. He has done numerous presentations in Japan and Canada, and was the Plenary Speaker Liaison for the Japan Association of Language Teaching for three years. A published researcher, 2012 saw Chris teaching at the University of Toronto in their New College international youth program, and he is currently teaching at International Language Schools of Canada. He enjoys cycling, reading, cooking, and raising his two children with his Japanese wife.
Aga Palalas, Member at Large
Aga is a Mobile Learning Specialist at George Brown College. She has a comprehensive background in teaching ESL, curriculum development, language benchmarking, as well as design and development of Computer-Assisted Language Learning solutions. Aga has earned her doctorate in the area of mobile-assisted language teaching and learning. She has shared her knowledge of TESL and educational technologies through multiple articles and conference presentations.
Arlene Samlalsingh, Member at Large
Arlene spent many years working at IBM Canada Ltd. leading training sessions and discovering that she could deeply connect with people who were interested in the same subject matter. Enthusiastic about teaching and learning, Arlene has taught EAP, college-level Communications, Business English, OSLT for Accounting & Finance and socio-cultural skills in corporate environments. She completed an M. Ed., (Adult Education) degree at U of T. Kolb stuck with her: adults learn by experiencing, reflecting, theorizing and applying. She says the adult mind is like a fractal – ever blooming; we can never know its limits.
Karen Thomson, Past President & Affiliate Representative
Karen has taught English to international students and immigrants in a variety of community-based and university ESL settings over the years, and she even tried her hand at administration for awhile. She is currently an Instructor at University of Toronto’s English Language Program and indulges her passion for professional development by volunteering on the TESL Toronto executive board and presenting at conferences around the province. When not in the classroom, Karen spends her time correcting her family’s grammar as well as pointing out spelling and punctuation mistakes on signs around Toronto.
Jessica Webster, Member at Large
Jessica connects with client, students and professionals in both language and employment services and helps them communicate and put their best selves forward. With more than 10 years of experience teaching professionals around the globe, Jessica has coached everyone from executives to community service providers and language teachers. Jessica has taught in private ELT, LINC and virtual classrooms, including the LINC Home Study Program. She currently designs and facilitates job-search related workshops for the Centre for Education & Training.
Nao Yamamoto, Treasurer
Previously an international ESL student, Nao quickly transitioned to student counsellor and Marketing Manager before completing a post-graduate diploma in Strategic Relationship Marketing at George Brown College. Nao currently works as the Director of Marketing and Operational Manager in the ESL private sector at Cornerstone Academic College. His current area of interest is the conflict between quality education and commercial education.
The Executive terms run from September – June. Years listed below represent the beginning of the term.
|1976 – 1984||No data|
|1989||Phyllis Amber/Lynne Earls|
Founded in 1976, TESL Toronto is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization representing educators and specialists in the fields of English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL).
Our Mandate is
• to support professional development for teachers of English as a Second Language in Toronto, and
• to work with other regional affiliates and TESL Ontario to enhance ESL learning environments, and
• to establish and promote standards in ESL education.
- The Executive Board of TESL Toronto is made up of members in good standing of TESL Ontario who volunteer their time and energy. TESL Toronto is currently accepting applications for new members of our Executive Board. More...
We represent approximately 1,500 members. Our members are mainly ESL instructors, though anyone with an interest in the field can join. More...
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