NYS TESOL Member of the Month for June 2017

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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
June 2017
Kimberly So Jin Kim, New York City Region

Kimberly So Jin Kim


Kimberly So Jin Kim earned her B.A. in Journalism and East Asian Studies at NYU. Upon graduation, she found herself teaching English as a Foreign Language in China and North Korea. This experience served as both a personal and professional turning point, which led her to pursue graduate studies in education. She is currently an M.A. candidate in TESOL at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her pedagogical focus is on Second Language Acquisition for adult learners. Her passion is where teaching and building relationships intersect. She is happiest when teaching and learning. Her dream is to reunite with her students in Asia one day. In the meantime, she devotes her time and efforts in becoming a better teacher and model for her students.

Membership in NYS TESOL means the privilege of being part of a vibrant community of teachers, researchers and students on the never-ending quest to enhance language education. By entering this organization, she has learned the importance of collaboration and the exchange of ideas to better the practice of TESOL, and explore a variety of theoretical frameworks that inform this practice. She was first inspired by the academic and professional rigor displayed by presenters at the first Applied Linguistics Winter Conference that she volunteered at in 2016. This experience prompted her to work behind the scenes of the same conference the following year as Registration Co-Chair, and additionally served on the Proposals Review Committee. At such events, she has personally been challenged to think critically about pedagogy, and continues to better herself in this field by continuing to be involved in this diverse network.


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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 SpollenShannon Spollen