NYS TESOL Member of the Month for February 2018
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- Eligibility – Nominee is a current NYS TESOL Member.
- Selection Criteria – Nominee demonstrates a commitment to the field.
– 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.
– 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
Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month for
Dr. Seonhee Cho
New York City Region
Seonhee Cho began her journey as an EFL teacher at a high school in
South Korea at the age of 22. Although she never looked back since, it
took two decades of teaching and learning to realize educating pre-and
in-service teachers of ENL students and Multilingual learners has been
has been so fortunate to transit from a teacher to a teacher educator
at Virginia Commonwealth University upon her doctoral degree at the
University of Tennessee, Knoxville. During her professorship in
Virginia for 5 years, she worked with pre-and in-service teachers of
Foreign Language and ESL. During this time, she secured a federal grant
to educate content-area teachers who were working with ENL students and
engaged in a number of research writing projects.
Joining the department of Teacher Education at the College of Mount
Saint Vincent in New York city in 2010, she has been not only teaching
graduate TESOL courses but also coordinating MSTESOL program. Having to
wear multiple hats taught her a great deal of administrative aspects
from admission to graduation. Furthermore, working with full-time
in-service teachers taught her that her job is not just teaching or
providing advisement on what courses to take. She learned her students’
(in-service teachers) personal and professional struggles, endeavors,
and accomplishments. She has been trying her best to accommodate their
unique situation yet not to compromise rigor and quality of the
graduate program. Her bond with her former and current students is
special and her commitment to teacher education is beyond her job
She particularly appreciates NYS TESOL as an organization that has
provided her great venues through which she shares her research and
makes connections with other colleagues in different institutes.
Cho has published dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and made
numerous presentations at TESOL, AAAL and AERA. Her research interests
have been evolving as her situation has been changing. However, what
remains at core in her quest is better teacher education of
linguistically and culturally minority students.
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