May 2012
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Leadership Updates
Kathi Cennamo, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Dear esteemed colleagues,

It was a pleasure seeing many of you in Philadelphia. In the halls of the Convention Center and in “our room” in the Marriott, it was affirmed many times that indeed the ITA Interest Section is the best IS in TESOL. We are really nice, smart, collegial, and creative; and not only do we know how to teach ITAs well, but we also know how to party at a Chinese restaurant! I really did have fun at our social and also learned valuable information that I could bring back to Ohio State. For those of you who were not able to go to Philly, I hope that soon we will be able to see the webcast of our InterSection with CALL and SPLIS and also see copies of PowerPoint slides from our presentations on the Community site at It appears that the more information we upload to that site, the more people will understand what exactly an international teaching assistant really is and what we do.

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for entrusting me with the position of chair this past year. Though it was a difficult year for me personally, I always felt the ITA community had my back. You supported me within TESOL and in the profession itself. Thank you again. It was truly an honor to serve you.

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