The Planning Team

Conference Chair - Monica Baker

Monica Baker has over 13 years experience working as a public school ESL teacher in a rural district in Dutchess County, New York. Monica is the Executive Vice President for her teachers’ union, where she leads a team that focuses on member engagement and community involvement. She is also the Instructional Leader for Special Area Teachers in her district and serves on the Policy Board of the Mid-Hudson Teacher Center. Prior to entering the education field, Monica was the Executive Producer at WRNN-TV, where she produced nightly political talk shows. Monica is a passionate advocate for the rights of immigrants. She holds a B.A. in Communications and Media and an M.S. in Teaching, both from SUNY New Paltz.

Proposal Chair - Carmen Diaz

Foundational Learning Specialist for the Albany Charter School Network, Carmen also serves as VP of Advocacy for NYS TESOL. She has worked in mainstream education positions for more than 13 years, but has always been dedicated to supporting the needs of ELLs and advocating for their families. Carmen is an instructional coach for the teachers in charter schools in Albany, NY. She supports administrators in staying current with laws and regulations to support ELL families. Carmen also has a passion for technology and utilizes this strength to support teachers in incorporating technology tools into instructional best practices.

Scheduling Chair - Ravneet Parmar

Ravneet Parmar is an ESL Instructor at Adelphi International, Adelphi University New York. She received her M.A. in TESOL from New York University. Ravneet has taught ESL (collective and various skills separately), academic and business English in her over eight years of teaching. Originally from Canada, Ravneet has taught in private institutions, CUNY and Universities in Vancouver, B.C. and New York. Her interests lie in utilizing technology to aid teaching and teaching practices in an ESL classroom. Joining NYS TESOL in 2012, Ravneet started as a general volunteer for the organization. She led the Adult SIG in 2014 and was elected to the Executive board as co-chair of Regions in 2015. Since then she has held positions as VP communication, co-editor for idiom and has also published articles in Idiom (Tech Tools) as well as presented at NYS TESOL, LIESOL, and ABE conferences. Ravneet looks forward to collaborating with others and learning new ideas from members and nonmembers statewide.