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.

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

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

       January 2018
       Ali Safivand
Rochester/Syracuse Region