NYS TESOL Member of the Month for January 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.
  5. View our rubric!

Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month for
  January 2018

Ali Safivand

Ali Safivand
Rochester/Syracuse Region

Ali Safivand is an adjunct professor teaching courses in American Education and Linguistics, Teaching and Curriculum, and Methods of Inquiry to both international graduate students (mainly TESOL students) and undergraduate ones at the University of Rochester. As an English language learner (ELL) since childhood and an English Language Teacher (ELT) Ali has taught English at different universities and language institutions abroad for more than 11 years both as a visitor and full time faculty. He has also written and published three English course books for ESP and EAP learners with two of his colleagues. Ali has participated and presented at different TESOL conferences in the US, namely, SE TESOL 2017, NJ TESOL/Bilingual Education 2017, and NYS TESOL 2017 where he volunteered to help the conference organizers. He is highly interested to share his English language learning and teaching experience with others through networking and collaboration. Currently, Ali is the ALWC 2018 proposal committee and administration chair at Columbia University. Having experienced living and studying in multicultural and multilingual contexts, he has cultural capital and language learning awareness knowledge. His research interests include investigating different writing pedagogies that can help ESL and EAL students better engage themselves in the writing process. He has conducted and published several research studies on ENL writing improvement. He has also inspired many of his TESOL students to continue their educations to higher levels at colleges and universities. His work at TESOL conferences and language departments in different universities has enabled him to extend his academic passion in language teaching, research, and assessment while networking with ALWC 2018 organizer team. Inspired by his TESOL practitioners who constantly strive to facilitate language learning and teaching, Ali is striving to accomplish ALWC 2018 aims through assisting to promote and inform the development of the TESOL professionals in Rochester, NY and beyond so that the students’ success is guaranteed in the learning and teaching process.

 

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Celebrating Our Past Members of the Month 



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