About the Chapter

Congratulations to the newly elected CATESOL Bay Area Chapter Board Members! Board members for the 2017-2018 year are…

Ava Fruin,  Coordinator
Melissa Potts, Coordinator-Elect
Angelika Rappe, Treasurer
Jenny Lemper, Secretary

The CATESOL Bay Area Chapter’s mission is to promote excellence in education for English language learners and a high quality professional environment for their teachers. The CATESOL Bay Area Chapter represents teachers of English language learners in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties, at all levels and in all learning environments. We strive to:

  • improve teacher preparation and provide opportunities which further professional expertise
  • increase awareness of the strengths and needs of English language learners
  • promote appreciation of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

In order to do so, we sponsor several networking and educational opportunities for Bay Area ESL teachers each year.

We depend on the ideas and energy of CATESOL members like you. If you have time to volunteer for your chapter, please contact the Chapter Coordinator, Brad Washington, at catesolbayarea@gmail.com for more information.

To be added to our email mailing list for event notifications, please visit our Mailing list – how to join page for more information.

NEWS – Nominations for 2017-2018 Officers close February 27th!  Nominate someone, or nominate yourself!

Nominations for 2017-2018 Board positions in your local CATESOL Bay Area Chapter are still open! Please consider nominating yourself or encouraging someone else to get involved in our Chapter. Nominees must be paid-up CATESOL members in good standing. This is an opportunity to help ensure that our local Chapter remains the vital resource it can be for all of us involved in ESL teaching and learning in the Bay Area.

Open Positions
We are seeking nominations for the following 3 Board positions:

– Chapter Coordinator-Elect (the holder of this position then carries over to become the Chapter Coordinator for 2018-2019)
– Treasurer
– Secretary

(the fourth Board position – Chapter Coordinator – is a position that carries over from the previous Coordinator-Elect and is thus not an elected position).

Position Descriptions
Read descriptions of the positions on our website:


Nomination Form
You can find the nomination form at the following link:


Nomination Period
Nominations will be accepted starting immediately and the nomination period will close at 11:59:59PM PDT on February 27, 2017. Elections will be held immediately thereafter and the new Board is expected to be announced in conjunction with the CATESOL Northern Regional Conference at Pacific Grove Middle School on April 1st.



Chapter membership is a benefit available to all CATESOL members. You can easily join CATESOL or renew your membership by visiting this page online.