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1999-2000 TESOL Awards and Grants Recipients

TESOL President's Award

Purpose: To recognize people outside the TESOL profession who have led or supported efforts to provide quality education for ESL/EFL or bilingual education students.

Recipient: Milton Wong, Chancellor, Simon Fraser University, received this award in recognition of his contribution to education in Canada and for his vision and courage in advancing the cause of cultural diversity. He is the founder and chair of The Laurier Institution, an independent and non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge concerning the economic and social implications of cultural diversity.

TESOL Newbury House Award for Excellence in Teaching

Purpose: To honor teachers considered by their colleagues to be excellent teachers.

Recipient: Kelly Kennedy-Isern, who is an associate professor at Miami-Dade Community College.

D. Scott Enright Interest Section Service Award

Purpose: To acknowledge outstanding and extended service to and leadership in TESOL interest sections.

Recipient: Mary Lou McCloskey, ESOL in Elementary Education Interest Section, has held positions as secretary and associate chair of that interest section, and also served as a member of the Steering Board.

Mary Finocchiaro Award for Excellence in the Development of Pedagogical Materials

Purpose: To recognize a person who has achieved excellence through the development of practical pedagogical materials not currently under consideration for publication.

Recipient: Sandra Stahl for The Land of Rad, An Interactive, Integrated Skills Experience for Intermediate Adults. Stahl has taught for 10 years at an intensive English program at Ashland University's ACCESS program and for 3 years at the University of Kuwait.

TESOL/TEFL Travel Grant

Purpose: To support an EFL professional in attending a TESOL convention.

Recipient: Mira Namsrai, who is a foreign language methodologist at the School of Educational Development, State Pedagogical University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar.

Professional Development Scholarships

Purpose: To assist in the professional development of TESOL members by facilitating attendance at the annual convention.

Recipients: Mercedes Rossetti, Patsy Vinogrodov, Fagyan Yuan, Cheryl Delk, Amy Burns Short, Joanne Zoller Wagner, Wen-Hsien Hsu, Thomas Riedmiller, Robin Gingerich, Allison Petro, Ligia Belisario, Sam Fields, Melanie McKinney, Tamara Collins, Colleen Becker, Sandra Morgan, Jean-Remy Bien-Aime, Paul Kei Matsuda, Trena Paulus, Aya Matsuda, Leslie Barrat, Jeanne Sill, Michael Linden Martin, Cynthia Boyer, Carole Poppleton, Jose Sanchez, Jeanne Lock, Melinda Rivera, Marta Nazario-Spencer, Ruth Ju-Yen Lin, Sharon Bippus, Raio Bohnet, Chizu Matsubara Jaret, Loretta Christensen

Albert H. Marckwardt Travel Grants

Purpose: To assist graduate students traveling to a TESOL convention.

Recipients: Xinia Rodriguez, Hanh Nguyen, John Skinner, Julie Vorholt.

Xinia Rodriguez is an MA/TESOL student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Hanh Nguyen is a PhD student in English language and linguistics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. John Skinner is a student in the master's degree program in ESL at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Julie Vorholt is a MA TESOL student at Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California.

TESOL Virginia French Allen Award for Scholarship and Service

Purpose: To honor an ESOL teacher who has shared scholarship and provided service at the affiliate level.

Recipient: Lilika Couri, TESOL Greece, has served as vice-chair of the Ad Hoc Committee and chair of the first Board of TESOL Greece, and has been a very active speaker at TESOL Greece's annual conventions. Ms. Couri is co-director of Educational and Training Consultants.

Ruth Crymes TESOL Fellowships for Graduate Study

Purpose: To support graduate studies in the teaching of ESOL and support the development of projects with direct application to second language classroom instruction.

Recipient: Dawn Turton, who is a PhD student in language, learning, and literacy at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Ruth Crymes TESOL Academies

Purpose: To support teachers who wish to attend a TESOL Academy.

Recipients: Jeanne Sill, Sandra Hancock Morgan.

Jeanne Sill teaches ESL middle school students in the Shawnee Mission School District, Kansas. Sandra Hancock Morgan is an ESOL specialist for Hernando Country Schools, Florida.

James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL

Purpose: The James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL acknowledges outstanding and extended service by TESOL members at international, regional, and local levels.

Recipient: Donald Freeman, who is professor and director of the Center for Teacher Education, Training, and Research at the School for International Training, where he also directs the Teacher Knowledge Project. Freeman has served TESOL in several capacities since 1985: as chair of its Teacher Education Interest Section, as a member-at-large on the Executive Board, and as president, 1993-1994. He served on the English Teaching Advisory Panel of the United States Information Agency, and is a member of the Editorial Board for the Modern Language Journal, the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate Advisory Council for the Cambridge Integrated Language Teaching Scheme, and TESOL International Research Foundation. Freeman has published in TESOL Quarterly, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Harvard Educational Review, as well as chapters in various collections on teacher education. He is author of Doing Teacher-Research: From Inquiry to Understanding(Heinle and Heinle; 1998) and editor, with Jack C. Richards, of Teacher Learning in Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press; 1996), and New Ways in Teacher Education (TESOL, 1993). His current work deals with the development of practitioner knowledge.

TESOL Leadership Mentoring Program

Purpose: To help underrepresented groups within TESOL become more involved in the work of the association. At the TESOL convention, this program pairs selected individuals with mentors who guide recipients throughout the year as they contribute their time and expertise to TESOL and its varied activities and projects.

Recipients: Andy Curtis, Padmini Sankaran. Andy Curtis is an assistant professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. Padmini Sankaran teaches at Escuela Bella Vista in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

TOEFL Policy Council Award for International Participation in TESOL

Purpose: To increase international participation at the annual TESOL convention.

Recipients: Zakia Sarwar, Society of of Pakistan English Language Teachers (SPELT), Karachi, Pakistan; Patricia Delamere, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain; Randa Kamal Effat, Integrated English Language Program II(IELP II ), a USAID-funded project administered by AMIDEAST and AED, Egypt.