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Aiko Pletch 

Academic Coordinator / Lecturer  

Birthplace: Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Interests: online learning, lingusiticsacademic preparation 
Award:  2018 Outstanding Teacher Award from New York State TESOL Association 

Bio: Aiko Pletch has been teaching English as a second language for over 15 years. She has a BA in History from McGill University and a MA in Applied Linguistics from Concordia University and has been part of SUNY New Paltz since 2014. She teaches all language levels and all language skills and has also taught both graduate and undergraduate academic classes in the TESOL Graduate program and in the English department. Recently, Aiko has taught in the Dual Diploma Program between SUNY New Paltz and Chongqing University of Education preparing early childhood educators.  


Sarah EliaSarah Elia 


Birthplace: New York 
Interests: online learning, early childhood education, literacy 
Recognition: "Teaching English as a Foreign Language with The New York Times as the Textbook"

Bio:  Sarah Elia is a past president of New York State TESOL based at Columbia University's Teachers College. She has given presentations at International TESOL, NYS TESOL, Applied Linguistics Winter Conference, and SUNY Language PACT. She is certified to teach K-12 ENL in New York State and has published several articles in the New York Times about teaching English to non-native speakers. She has a BA in music from Bard College and an MA in TESOL from SUNY New Paltz. 


James PhillipsJames Phillips 


Birthplace: USA 
Interests: Global history and cultures; US history 
Award:  Outstanding Teacher of the Year, New York State TESOL, 2016

Bio:  James Phillips has been a full-time lecturer in the Haggerty English Language Program at SUNY New Paltz since 2011.  He has developed English for Specific Purposes courses including Business English and Reading/Writing classes for engineering students and also for music therapy students.  In the summer he has coordinated and taught Business English in a certificate program for the Institute of International Business. He has also taught in China, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  SUNY New Paltz is where he received his master’s degree in Second Language Acquisition.

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