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Linda A. Pelc, Ph.D. (page 10) has been working in EFL/ESL and language education for more than 35 years. She has taught diverse populations at all levels in the U.S. and abroad, in various programs and contexts including adult ESOL, academic ESOL, TOEFL preparation, and teacher training. She has developed curricula and designed language learning and teacher training programs in the U.S. and Greece. She earned her Ph.D. in linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center. Michael Perrone (page 6) is currently the director of adult education at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor in the School of Education at Hunter College, City University of New York. Having completed his doctorate in applied linguistics, he has more than 20 years of experience in the field of TESOL, providing pedagogy support to K–12 educators and to adult education instructors. Natalia de Cuba Romero (pages 7, 8) is a fulltime lecturer in the Language Immersion program at Nassau Community College. She holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and an M.A. in TESOL from Stony Brook University, where she was a W. Burghart Turner Fellow. She has taught in the U.S. and internationally and has presented at Long Island ESOL and NYS TESOL, among others. Her interests include civility for ELLs and bridging the gap between high schools, IEPs, and mainstream university classes. Her work has appeared in Idiom and in general interest publications. Bona L. Soanes (page 23), manager of the Elmhurst Adult Learning Center, Queens Library, holds an M.A. in language and literacy from City College and is certified by TESLA and ALECC. In her 28 years in the field, Bona has developed many innovative educational programs and taught them at national and local conferences. She is the author of Neighborhood Places and Creating Incentives and Context for Learning. She was honored in 2001 by the Literacy Assistance Center for her outstanding contribution to the field of literacy. In 2011, the City of New York cited her as an outstanding citizen.

Judy Trupin (pages 13, 14) has been involved in adult education for 20 years as a teacher, curriculum developer, trainer, and administrator. She has taught all levels of ESOL from literacy through advanced. Currently she is an instructor in the LAC’s TESLA certificate program. She also teaches in the Queens Public Library ESOL program, where she wrote a health literacy curriculum for ESOL beginners and developed an ESOL computer literacy curriculum. A national trainer for BEST Plus, she holds an M.S. in TESOL and is co-author of chapters in two recent publications: New Ways in Teaching Adults and New Ways in Teaching Content-Based Instruction. Cara Tuzzolino-Werben (page 12) has been in the adult education and TESOL profession for more than ten years. After working in magazine publishing and marketing, Cara volunteered in an ESOL classroom. She enrolled in Teachers College, Columbia University, from which she graduated with an Ed.M. in TESOL. She began adjuncting at local universities including NYC College of Technology and Columbia. She has been an adjunct at Pace since 2003. Most recently, she has worked at a new nonprofit, the Sunset Park Alliance for Youth, where she wears many hats, including instructor, staff developer, marketer, outreach coordinator, and grant writer. Cynthia S. Wiseman, Ed.D. (page 10) has been working in ESL/EFL and language education for more than 35 years. She has taught in various program contexts, from adult ESOL and basic education to ESOL literacy to ESOL in IEPs, AEPs, and teacher training. She has developed curricula and designed language learning and teacher training programs in the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, and China. She earned her Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, in second language writing assessment. She has been instrumental in developing assessments for reading and writing as well as rubrics for assessing second language writing.

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NYC RAEN Catalog fall fy2014  
NYC RAEN Catalog fall fy2014  

Catalog of the professional development workshops offered at the Literacy Assistance Center September 2013 through January 2014.