NYS TESOL Member of the Month for April 2019

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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.
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Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month
for April 2019

Maria Hartmann

Suzanne Kaplan-Fonseca
New York City Region

Suzanne Kaplan-Fonseca

Suzanne Kaplan-Fonseca holds an M.A. in TESOL from the School for International Training, with a concentration in Teacher Training and Development; and a B.A. from Skidmore College in Language and Early Childhood Development, with a minor in French, and a concentration in Japanese.

Suzanne began life as a language enthusiast, and began her professional life as a teacher of Japanese and French in private elementary schools. Designing her own major at Skidmore College, she championed the idea that foreign language teaching should begin in public elementary schools, before it became more widely accepted. 

She found her way into the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages more than 15 years ago, and has taught in universities (including The New School) and in private language schools in the U.S., Japan, and Mexico. Suzanne has also developed learning materials for online use, served as a mentor for TESOL interns, and presented on her original teaching methods at various regional, national, and international professional conferences - several through NYS TESOL.

At New York University since 2012, Suzanne began as an adjunct, and is currently a Language Lecturer at The American Language Institute and Program Coordinator of Foreign Languages at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts. Suzanne is the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Service Award at New York University’s School of Professional Studies.

Happiest in the classroom, Suzanne’s teaching engages students in projects designed to foster authentic communication, challenging them to use observation as one of their most valuable tools.

Outside of the classroom, NYS TESOL has been pivotal in Suzanne’s professional development, providing spaces for educators to come together as professionals, within and across disciplines, to advance the field. She is appreciative of the voice NYS TESOL has given her, and looks forward to becoming more active in the organization.

If you want to get in touch with Suzanne, her email is kaplan.sf@nyu.edu 




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 2015motmfeb2015 Alison StritzlScott Freiberger MOTM-May 2015 summer2015Daniel H. Oct 2015Jessica MarchiGretchen Oliver Courtney TurcerChristina DawsonLinda PelcJohn BalbiCatherine BoxPam Knittel

Elena DokshanskyMichelle MaturenCamille Embus PerezDenise Gonez SantosEbru Altay DamkaciAnna Ciriani Dean
Lisa Rost LewisKathleen McCann KlaiberShannon SpollenWen (Elyssa) SunKimberly KimTimea Kernacova Braun
Cho Hang (Jessica) LeiO'Mayra Cruz, Ed.D.Aiko PletchDeborah O'Brien-SmithDerek Baylor
Ali Safivand           Dr. Seonhee Cho       Meredith Van Schuyler                 Lucia Buttaro, PhD        Iraida A. Bodre


       January 2018                       February 2018               March 2018                     April 2018                    May 2018
       Ali Safivand                       Dr. Seonhee Cho          Meredith Van Schuyler    Dr. Lucia Buttaro       Iraida A. Bodre
 Rochester/Syracuse Region   New York City Region     Long Island Region     New York City Region  New York City Region

Tristan C. Thorne    Kara Muldoon    Faith TrippSusanne MarcusKaroline Kaon

June 2018                           July 2018                                 August 2018                 September 2018           October 2018
Tristan C. Thorne                Kara Muldoon                         Faith Tripp                   Susanne Marcus          Karoline Kaon
New York City Region         Rochester/Syracuse Region Long Island Region        Long Island Region     New York City Region

George MorrisTilla AlexanderYvonne Pratt-JohnsonCarmen DiazMaria Hartmann

November 2018            December 2018               January 2019                 February 2019           March 2019

George Morris              Tilla Alexander              Yvonne Pratt-Johnson  Carmen Diaz            Maria Hartmann

New York City Region   New York City Region    New York City Region  Capital Region        Long Island Region