Congratulations to the 2017 Harold B. Allen Award Recipients!

Elaine Tarone


Kristi Herman Hill

Elaine Tarone began teaching ESL in 1973 at the University of Washington in Seattle. She was Director of that ESL Program from 1976-1979, and in 1979 became a professor of Linguistics, Director of the M.A. ESL program at the University of Minnesota, and a member of MinneTESOL! During the subsequent 38 years, she has loved her work as a language teacher educator. She is very proud of the many ESL professionals she has had the privilege to mentor and has derived great joy from seeing them move into leadership roles in the profession in Minnesota and beyond – teaching ESL in schools and adult basic education as well as in colleges and universities in Minnesota, throughout the U.S. and around the world. Many of the professionals she helped to educate are now language teacher educators themselves, partaking of the same joy in seeing their students become ESL teachers of the highest caliber. Having had the privilege of serving on the same faculty with Harold B. Allen, she is very honored to receive MinneTESOL’s award that is named for him.
Kristi Herman Hill became an ELL teacher as a second career after working for a volunteer organization where she had many cross-cultural teaching experiences in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Through these experiences, she realized that her students taught her as much as she taught them, and that is still true today. She has taught English to elementary, middle school, adult, and graduate students, but the majority of her experience has been teaching high school ELL, in Saint Paul Public Schools. The majority of her students are SLIFE, so she is passionate about advocating for these students. She wrote her M.A. in ESL capstone on teacher preparation to meet the needs of SLIFE at the secondary level, and received the Sara Elizabeth Cajamarca award from Hamline University for her research on this topic. She is one of the co-founders of the MinneSLIFE Standing Committee. Kristi greatly values the relationships she has built and all that she has learned from her involvement in MinneTESOL. She has served on the Executive Board for the past four years as the External Relations Director and helped to create the Regional Liaison positions on the board. She represented MinneTESOL at the TESOL Advocacy Summit in 2016, and her passion for advocacy led her to become more involved with the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers where she has served on their ELL Professional Issues Committee, executive board, and bargaining team.

Harold B. Allen Award

Harold B. Allen, a professor from the University of Minnesota and noted linguist, was the founder and first president of TESOL in 1966.  Among his many achievements, he was an internationally recognized expert on regional dialects of the U.S., and he authored the Linguistic Atlas of the Upper Midwest.

MinneTESOL celebrates this connection by honoring a member of our local affiliate each year who has demonstrated particular dedication to the profession and to the organization.

Past recipients of the Harold B. Allen Award include:

2016- Susan Ranney, University of Minnesota & Karla Stone, University of Minnesota

2015- Lynne Ackerberg

2014- Jackie Smith, Robbinsdale School District

2013- Ann Mabbot, Hamline University & Patsy Vinogradov, ATLAS/Hamline University

2012- Rosemary Sharkey, Dakota Prairie Adult Basic Education

2011- Debbie Hadas, Apple Valley High, Deirdre Bird Kramer & Bonnie Swierzbin, Hamline University

2010- Ellen Lewin, MCTC

2009- Eric Nelson, U of M MELP

2008- Colleen Meyers, U of M ITA program

2007- Jenise Rowekamp, U of M & Betsy Parrish, Hamline University

2006- Diane Pecoraro, retired, MN Dept of Education

2005- Robin Murie, U of M General College

2004- Mike Anderson, MELP

2003- Adele Hansen, MEC

2002 – Nina Mosser, St. Paul Public Schools