NYS TESOL Member of the Month for May 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 May 2017

Wen (Elyssa) Sun, New York City Region



Wen (Elyssa) Sun is a recent graduate of the M.A. TESOL program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her interest in linguistics prospered when she successfully reached the near-native level of English in the EFL setting using her unique way of learning during high school. Growing up in China where the education system is mainly exam-oriented, she has contemplated much about its erroneous way in English learning and teaching. This drove her to seek out teaching opportunities in areas of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds during her undergraduate years. She has since worked with many ESL learners of diverse proficiency levels ranging from 2nd graders to adults.


Elyssa’s involvement with NYS TESOL began in 2016 when she first volunteered for the Applied Linguistics Winter Conference (ALWC) as a student at TC. She then proceeded to serve as both Conference Chair and Proposals Chair for 2017 ALWC. Her experience on the conference committee has exposed her to a wider variety of research topics, strengthened her work abilities, as well as expanded her professional network. She is looking forward to pursuing more teaching experiences and further education in the future.


As an ESL teacher, it is crucial to keep up with the most current research and keep renovating the methodology. NYS TESOL has provided Elyssa with quick access to the frontier of the academic field and inspired her with the work of fellow colleagues. The student-run conferences have also provided her with the humbling and rewarding experience of learning how conferences come together.



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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 Spollen