NYS TESOL Member of the Month for December 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
  December 2017

Derek Baylor

Derek Baylor
New York City Region 

Derek Baylor is an adjunct professor at a local college in New York City teaching courses in advanced writing, reading, and oral communication skills to college-level ESL students. In addition, he has taught both in the public school system and at a vocational college in Japan for a number of years. He has previously been the Social Media Chair for the ALWC Winter Conference committee of Teachers College and is currently the ALWC conference co-chair at Columbia University.
Having much interest in the educational spaces where culture and language intersect, he has as well resided in several countries and has a working knowledge of a few languages. His research interests look to examine how the linguistic characteristics of non-mainstream language varieties influence the pedagogical process in the classroom.
Having first worked with the ALWC in 2017, he was able to see the wonderful way by which conferences, such as those organized by NYS TESOL and the ALWC, were able to unite three of his great academic passions – language, research, and pedagogy. Invigorated by those in the field of TESOL who constantly look to improve on what is done in the classroom, Derek is now looking to add his efforts towards the aims of NYS TESOL and the ALWC: helping to enrich and inform the development of the TESOL professionals in NYC and beyond so that the students we teach are better able to succeed in their goals.


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 KlaiberShannon SpollenWen (Elyssa) SunKimberly KimTimea Kernacova Braun
Cho Hang (Jessica) LeiO'Mayra Cruz, Ed.D.Aiko PletchDeborah O'Brien-Smith