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.

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

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