NYS TESOL Member of the Month for June 2019

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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 June 2019

Dr. Joshua Pangborn

Dr. Joshua Pangborn
New York City Region
(view video below)

Dr. Joshua Pangborn

Dr. Joshua R. Pangborn is the Regional Trainer for the East Coast and Academic Director of Kaplan International in the Empire State Building, where he has worked since 2005. Joshua received his doctoral degree in English Literature in 2014 from St. John's University.

In 2010, Joshua founded the Kaplan Theatre Ensemble, the theatre program unique to Kaplan Empire State. The program focuses on providing English Language Learners with an opportunity to perform on stage in English. Joshua, an award-winning playwright, writes the plays for the students. In collaboration with NYS TESOL, Joshua has hosted mini-conferences at Kaplan for the past three years. Last year, he was a featured speaker at the annual NYS TESOL conference.

When not at Kaplan, Joshua runs SideKick Productions, an award-winning production company focused on LGBT and body positive representation in film and television. With thousands of subscribers on YouTube and an international fan-base, the company is best known for their flagship series Skeleton Crew, now entering production on its fifth season. The series features an international cast, with actors from all over the United States, Europe, South America, and East Asia.




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 2015motmfeb2015 Alison StritzlScott Freiberger MOTM-May 2015 summer2015Daniel H.Oct 2015Jessica MarchiGretchen OliverCourtney TurcerChristina DawsonLinda PelcJohn BalbiCatherine 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    Kara Muldoon    Faith TrippSusanne MarcusKaroline Kaon

June 2018                           July 2018                                 August 2018                 September 2018           October 2018
Tristan C. Thorne                Kara Muldoon                         Faith Tripp                   Susanne Marcus          Karoline Kaon
New York City Region         Rochester/Syracuse Region Long Island Region        Long Island Region     New York City Region

George MorrisTilla AlexanderYvonne Pratt-JohnsonCarmen DiazMaria Hartmann

November 2018            December 2018               January 2019                 February 2019           March 2019

George Morris              Tilla Alexander              Yvonne Pratt-Johnson  Carmen Diaz            Maria Hartmann

New York City Region   New York City Region    New York City Region  Capital Region        Long Island Region

Suzanne Kaplan-FonsecaÖzge Yol

April 2019                           May 2019

Suzanne Kaplan-Fonseca    Özge Yol
New York City Region    Rochester/Syracuse Region