NYS TESOL Member of the Month for February 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.
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Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month for
  February 2018

Dr. Seonhee Cho

Dr. Seonhee Cho
New York City Region 

 

Dr. 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 her calling.


She 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 description.

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.


Dr. 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.

 

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

Celebrating Our Past Members of the Month 


Ali Safivand
January 2018
Ali Safivand
Rochester/Syracuse Region
Derek Baylor
December 2017
Derek Baylor
NYC Region
Deborah O'Brien-Smith
November 2017
Deborah O'Brien-Smith
Long Island Region
Aiko Pletch
October 2017
Aiko Pletch
Hudson Valley Region
O'Mayra C. Cruz
September 2017
O'Mayra C. Cruz, Ed.D
NYC Region
(Cho Hang) Jessica Lei
August 2017
(Cho Hang) Jessica Lei
NYC Region
Timea Kernacova Braun
July 2017
Timea Kernacova Braun
NYC Region
Kimberly Kim
June 2017
Kimberly Kim
NYC Region
Wen (Elyssa) Sun
May 2017
Wen (Elyssa) Sun
NYC Region
Shannon Spollen
April 2017
Shannon Spollen
Long Island Region
Kathleen McCann Klaiber
March 2017
Kathleen McCann Klaiber
Rochester/Syracuse Region
Lisa Rost Lewis
February 2017
Lisa Rost Lewis
Hudson Valley Region
Anna Ciriani Dean
January 2017
Anna Ciriana Dean
NYC Region
Ebru Altay Damkaci
December 2016
Ebru Altay Damkaci
Rochester/Syracuse Region
Denise Gonez Santos
November 2016
Denise Gonez Santos
Buffalo Region
Camille Embus Perez
October 2016
Camille Embus Perez
NYC Region
Michelle Maturen
September 2016
Michelle Maturen
NYC Region
Elena Dokshansky
August 2016
Elena Dokshansky
Buffalo Region
Pam Knittel
July 2016
Pam Knittel
Hudson Valley Region
Catherine Box
June 2016
Catherine Box
NYC Region
John Balbi
May 2016
John Balbi
NYC Region
Linda Pelc
April 2016
Linda Pelc
NYC Region
Christina Dawson
March 2016
Christina Dawson
Buffalo Region
Courtney TurcerFebruary 2016
Courtney Turcer
Rochester/Syracuse Region
Gretchen Oliver
January 2016
Gretchen Oliver
Capital Region
Jessica Marchi
December 2015
Jessica Marchi
Hudson Valley Region
Michael WittNovember 2015
Michael Witt
NYC Region
Joye Dawkins
November 2015
Joye Dawkins
NYC Region
Matty Espino
October 2015
Matty Espino
NYC Region
Daniel Heckmyer
September 2015
Daniel Heckmyer
Buffalo Region
summer2015
Summer 2015
Lissa Varas
Long Island Region
MOTM-May 2015
May 2015
Marjorie Stanton
Rochester/Syracuse Region
Scott Freiberger
April 2015
Scott Freiberger
NYC Region
Alison Stritzl
March 2015
Alison Stritzi
Long Island Region
Katya Kats
February 2015
Katya Kats
Capital Region
Christine Pearsall, elementary ESL teacher, Patchogue-Medford School district, January 2015
January 2015
Christine Pearsall
Long Island Region