Nominations for 2017 NPO JALT Special Election

The Nominations and Elections Committee is happy to announce two candidates for each of the two positions in the Special Election. We would like you to know that voting is anonymous. If you, a member in good standing, will not be attending the JALT National conference in Tsukuba and would like to vote, please mail an envelope to JALT Central Office with your votes inside. Address the letter in either English or Japanese as:
Special Election Vote Inside
The Japan Association for Language Teaching
Urban Edge Bldg 5F, 1-37-9 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0016

〒110-0016 東京都台東区 台東1-37-9アーバンエッジビル5F JALT 事務局
Special Election Vote Inside

Please put your name and JALT number on the envelope only, and not inside. It must be received by Thursday, November 16th. JCO will record each member’s name and number, then the votes will be counted by the NEC at the JALT National conference. The ballots filled in at the conference will also be made anonymous.

Thank you for your consideration,
Chris P. Madden,
NEC Chair

Nominations for the National Officer position of Auditor

Aleda Krause

MA in Linguistics and TEFL, University of Michigan, USA

JALT experience: JALT member since 1978; Officer at the chapter, SIG, or national level almost continuously since 1979; founding member of the Omiya (currently Saitama) Chapter and Teaching Children (currently Teaching Younger Learners) SIG; lots of work at JALT conferences and on JALT publications; National Auditor, 2015-2016.

Mission statement: JALT needs people with experience to help guide the organization as well as be an example to encourage younger and newer members to devote their time and energies to JALT. I hope to be able to continue to be one of those experienced people. I promise to do my best.

James McCrostie

M.A. history, Queen’s University, Canada, M.S.Ed., concentration in TESOL, Temple University Japan.

JALT experience: Member of Saitama Chapter, Member of Vocabulary, College and University Educators, and Bilingualism SIGs, Former TLT Proofreader, Former TLT Job Information Centre column editor.

Mission Statement: It’s troubling JALT’s membership hasn’t been told the reason two executive members resigned. I’m running for auditor because, like them, I love JALT and I’m concerned about JALT’s international partnership with IAFOR. From 2010-2016 IAFOR claimed to be an NPO think tank but my investigation showed three connected IAFORs: a General Incorporated Association and two for-profit companies in Japan and Hong Kong. JALT needs to answer: 1) Which IAFOR did JALT sign the partnership with? 2) Was JALT aware of the for-profit companies when they signed the partnership? If elected I’ll conduct an investigation of JALT and IAFOR’s relationship.

Nominations for the National Officer position of Director of Public Relations

Kenn Gale

Hello, my name is Kenn Gale and I am three year member of JALT and the current TYL SIG Coordinator. After studying Psychology and Sociology in the states, I worked for Apollo Education Group. Approximately 12 years ago, I left the states and traveled and taught throughout Central and South America. Then began working for Thailand's Ministry of Education there I helped opened the 'EP' (English program) in various public schools in the eastern region of the country. During the time, I also consulted start up schools in Vietnam, China and Singapore. Currently, I am the Director of a chain of International Kindergartens in Nagoya, where I manage a staff of over 75 with 5 locations. I believe in JALT and feel it offers great opportunities for teachers around Japan. My main reason for joining originally was to support my staff and get them involved. Since then, 12 of my teachers have joined and many more attend local events. I feel there are amazing people in this organization and I have learned so much and feel honored to have worked with them. While I may not have nearly as much as experience within JALT as many of my fellow members, I feel that is actually an advantage, whereas I no preconceived notions about many of the recently discussed issues. I feel my background in business relations, my freedom and resources to fulfill this role combined with my passion, belief and enthusiasm for JALT, will well make up for what I lack in experience within JALT itself. I am also married and have one 2 month old daughter! Thank you.

Parisa Mehran

I am a PhD candidate at Takemura Lab, Informedia Education Division, Cybermedia Center, Osaka University, Japan. Born and raised in Tehran, I hold a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), both from Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran. Before moving to Japan, I taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and General English (GE) courses at Alzahra University. In 2014, I obtained the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship and am now pursuing further education in Japan. My research interests include Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), online/blended course design, AR/VR applications in ELT, teaching English for peace and social change, and global issues in ELT. I currently teach part-time at Konan Women’s University, Kobe Women’s University, and an English conversation school, Princeford English College. I also actively give talks about the real Iran and the Iranian people behind the news, and blog about the Iranian identity.

JALT Experience: Before coming to Japan, I knew JALT, and I always wanted to be an active member of it. That is why JALT has been a huge part of my journey in Japan. I have had the chance to be involved in my local JALT chapter. I started as an officer at large in 2016 and I am now the membership chair of Osaka JALT. In addition, I work as the publication chair for JALT MAVR SIG. I also contribute by serving as Facebook/Twitter coordinator for JALT PanSIG, Osaka JALT, and JALT International Conference.

Mission Statement: I am grateful to the JALT committee for nominating me for the Director of Public Relations position. My main goal, if elected, would be to further develop relationships and expand connections with other educational organizations to promote JALT nationally and internationally. I would also work hard to make JALT a more diverse organization by fostering a culture of inclusion and openness, so that all members feel valued and experience a sense of belonging. I look forward to working with the other members of the board to continue to help JALT grow both locally and globally. I would be honored to have your support on this journey.