NYS TESOL Member of the Month for July 2018
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- Eligibility – Nominee is a current NYS TESOL Member.
- Selection Criteria – Nominee demonstrates a commitment to the field.
– 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.
– 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
Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month
for July 2018
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
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
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
Check out our wonderful annual awards and nominate a colleague this year !
Celebrating Our Past Members of the Month
Seonhee Cho Meredith Van
Schuyler Dr. Lucia
Buttaro Iraida A. Bodre
Region New York City Region Long Island
Region New York City Region New York City Region
Tristan C. Thorne
New York City Region