NYS TESOL Member of the Month for August 2018

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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 August 2018

Faith Tripp

Faith Tripp
  Long Island Region 

Faith holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a M.S. in Education Administration and Supervision from Fordham University, and an Advanced Certificate in TESOL from Molloy College. Faith grew up in Bayside, Queens and enjoyed learning about her friends’ diverse languages and cultures from a young age. As an undergraduate, she spent a semester abroad living in Gaming, Austria and her love of language and culture continued to grow.

After graduating in 2003, Faith was hired as a sixth grade teacher at I.S. 62 in Brooklyn. Her students were from Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Central America and she strived to create a space that honored and celebrated their diversity. She also realized that working with ELLs was her passion! Faith went on to teach sixth and seventh grade English at P.S./M.S. 200, second grade in a Mandarin Dual Language program at P.S. 163 in Flushing, and ENL at West Hempstead High School. She has also been an adjunct professor of TESOL at Molloy College and Stony Brook University. Currently, Faith serves as the principal of the Chestnut Street School and the Director of ENL in the West Hempstead Union Free School District.

Faith’s membership in NYS TESOL inspired her to share her work with a larger audience. She has presented numerous workshops at the annual NYS TESOL Convention, NYSABE, LACUS, LI ESOL, LILAC, and for the NYC DOE. In addition, her work has been featured in publications such as Growing a Growth Mindset: Unlocking Character Strengths Through Children’s Literature as well as Co-Teaching for English Language Learners: A Guide for Collaborative Planning, Instruction, Assessment, and Reflection.  In October, she received the Educator of Excellence award at the For Us, By Us Conference at Molloy College.
Faith is married and has two children and three fur babies. She is grateful that she is able to spend every day working with and advocating for English Language Learners. She is fortunate to work with an amazing team of educators who share her passion. The relationships that she has made through NYS TESOL continue to inspire her and she knows she finally found her tribe.


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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 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 

June 2018                           July 2018
Tristan C. Thorne                Kara Muldoon
New York City Region         Rochester/Syracuse Region