NYS TESOL Member of the Month for July 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 July 2018

Kara Muldoon

Kara Muldoon
  Rochester/Syracuse Region 

Kara holds a B.A. in French and secondary education from SUNY Fredonia, a M.A. in French language and literature from SUNY at Buffalo, and certifications in Spanish and TESOL.  She did not begin her career as an ENL teacher, but she has always had a love for languages.  She started off as a French teacher.  She worked for eight years teaching high school level French and three years teaching college level French.  She also had an amazing experience working as a teaching assistant in Paris, France for one year.  At the University of Paris VII - Charles V Institute of Anglophone studies, she taught English language expression, along with grammar and phonetics to French students majoring in English.    

She currently works as a TESOL teacher in the Lackawanna Public School District in Western New York.  She works solely with fifth graders.  She has, on average, about 50 students due to their district having one of the largest ELL populations in WNY.  It can be challenging at times, but always a joy.  Her students come from such different backgrounds and different parts of the world and it is so rewarding to watch them integrate themselves into their culture and English language. 

She also loves that she can speak French with students from Guinea, Spanish with students from Puerto Rico, and her students from Yemen love teaching her how to speak Arabic!  She gets better every year!    She serves as the ENL department chair and works with eight other ENL teachers who make up the cohesive team.  They are always advocating for the needs of their students and their families. 

They also celebrate these students and their families by holding an annual ENL Family Night where they bring together their different cultures, and food!  They also provide an after-school program for ELLs.  Many of them provide translations and do their utmost to provide whatever is necessary to help their students to achieve success.  She also enjoys going to conferences and attending an ENL Share group made up of WNY elementary ENL teachers.   


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           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

June 2018
Tristan C. Thorne
New York City Region