NYS TESOL Member of the Month for January 2019

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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.
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Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month
for January 2019

Yvonne Pratt-Johnson

Yvonne Pratt-Johnson
  New York City Region 


Yvonne Pratt-Johnson serves as Interim Dean of The School of Education at St. John’s University, where she is Professor of Education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages [TESOL]) and where she served previously as Chair of the Department of Education Specialties.  Proud to belong to an institution that practices the Vincentian mission, Professor Pratt-Johnson has a distinguished record of human and community service, in addition to extensive publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, presentations and keynote speeches at conferences around the globe, and major academic awards.
Before joining the faculty at St. John’s, Professor Pratt-Johnson taught English as a Second Language at Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and graduate courses in education at such other CUNY institutions as Baruch and Hunter Colleges.  Her teaching and research interests include first- and second-language acquisition, literacy development for first- and second-language learners, and issues associated with English-based creoles and the teaching of “dialect-different” students. 

A related area of expertise, in which Professor Pratt-Johnson has developed and led award winning programs, is study abroad. In particular, Professor Pratt-Johnson has built upon the research- and experience-based principle that there are instructional advantages to be gained from educators acquiring and promulgating knowledge of their students’ birth and/or heritage nations.  To this end, she has led study-travel expeditions for in-service teachers to several destinations abroad, with programs to Vietnam (2011, 2013) and India (2015, 2017) receiving prestigious Fulbright-Hays Awards.

Another topic on which Professor Pratt-Johnson has charted territory through publications, workshops, and conference work is professional development.  Most notably, she has been an advocate of the need to see professional development—and one’s trajectory as an educator—as a lifelong learning journey.  In this regard, Professor Pratt-Johnson strives to “practice what she preaches,” and she considers herself to be a committed life-long learner.  
Professor Pratt-Johnson holds a B.A. degree in Spanish/Secondary Education from Stony Brook University, an M.S. degree in Spanish/Linguistics from Georgetown University, and the degrees of M.A. (TESOL), MS.Ed (TESOL), and Ed.D. (Spanish Education/TESOL) from Teachers College, Columbia University.




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Celebrating Our Past Members of the Month

Christine Pearsall, elementary ESL teacher,  Patchogue-Medford School district, January 2015motmfeb2015 Alison Stritzl Scott Freiberger MOTM-May 2015 summer2015 Daniel H. Oct 2015 Jessica MarchiGretchen Oliver Courtney TurcerChristina Dawson Linda PelcJohn BalbiCatherine 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    Faith TrippSusanne MarcusKaroline Kaon

June 2018                           July 2018                                 August 2018                 September 2018           October 2018
Tristan C. Thorne                Kara Muldoon                         Faith Tripp                   Susanne Marcus          Karoline Kaon
New York City Region         Rochester/Syracuse Region Long Island Region        Long Island Region     New York City Region

George MorrisTilla Alexander

November 2018            December 2018

George Morris               Tilla Alexander

New York City Region    New York City Region