NYS TESOL Member of the Month for April 2017

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  1. Eligibility – Nominee is a current NYS TESOL Member.
  2. Selection Criteria – Nominee demonstrates a commitment to the field.
  3. Rewards – In addition to 12 months of recognition on our web site, each year the 12 Members of the Month will be entered into a Raffle for a complimentary registration to the NYS TESOL Annual Conference.
  4. Process – Click the link below and tell us about your nominees contributions to the field and/or our community of educators and students.  A NYS TESOL committee will review the entries and select the monthly winner.

Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month for April 2017
Shannon Spollen, Long Island Region

Shannon Spollen


Shannon is currently a graduate student of the Education Department at Molloy College, where she has maintained a 4.0 GPA and will earn her Master’s in Education this May with a dual certification in English (7-12) and TESOL (K-12). 

Before beginning her journey at Molloy, she graduated from the University at Albany with a BA in English and a minor in Communications and Women’s Studies. Her major in English reflects her passion for literature and what it means to utilize a pen, and her Communications minor solidified her fearlessness in public speaking and deep understanding of the necessity of interpersonal skills. Women’s Studies prepared her for the reality of social binaries and awakened within her the need to break them, while it also instilled a deep appreciation for diversity and the importance of acknowledging it. All of these concentrations led her to the most recent and rewarding of her passions - TESOL education.


NYS TESOL is what keeps her in the loop about what is going on in the field. As educators, it is imperative to continually learn, and the supports available through NYS TESOL ensure that she is up to date with the latest trends and methodology. Attending conferences, such as the one hosted at Molloy College every year (LI ESOL), has kept her connected and inspired through diverse populations that share the same beliefs, concerns, and passions that she does in regards to learners of new languages of all ages. 

The job opportunities through the program make her feel valued and appreciated, and the sense of camaraderie throughout the regions is an element that she truly cherishes. She looks forward to many years of membership and many more years of activism in the TESOL field!



Check out our wonderful annual awards and nominate a colleague this year !

Celebrating Our Past Members of the Month

Christine Pearsall, elementary ESL teacher,  Patchogue-Medford School district, January 2015 motmfeb2015 Alison Stritzl Scott Freiberger MOTM-May 2015 summer2015 Daniel H. Oct 2015 Jessica Marchi Gretchen Oliver Courtney TurcerChristina Dawson Linda PelcJohn Balbi Catherine BoxPam Knittel

Elena DokshanskyMichelle MaturenCamille Embus PerezDenise Gonez SantosEbru Altay DamkaciAnna Ciriani Dean

Lisa Rost LewisKathleen McCann Klaiber