NYS TESOL Member of the Month for May 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
  May 2018

Iraida Bodre

Iraida A. Bodre
  New York City Region 

 Iraida A. Bodre is the older of two children born to parents who emigrated from the Dominican Republic.  Looking back at her Elementary School years, she remembers getting in trouble for “talking too much” when all she wanted was the answer, or the translation, for what she wasn’t understanding. Even with the memory of those moments, Iraida remembers that at the age of 11, she knew that she wanted to work with children. Her academic journey includes a Bachelor’s Degree from Queens College, Master’s Degree from Brooklyn College and an Advanced Certificate from Stony Brook University.

After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, Iraida began her teaching career in Saint Michael’s Elementary School in East New York, Brooklyn.  After 5 years of service there, she joined the New York City Department of Education, often working with ELL’s in monolingual classrooms.  Fourteen years ago, Iraida began working for the Westbury Union Free School District.  She began her journey there as a Dual Language teacher and in her last two years, she served as the Fifth Grade Bilingual teacher.  Today, Iraida is an Assistant Principal at Northern Parkway Elementary School in the Uniondale Union Free School District.  She has been in the field of Education for over 20 years. 

Iraida has been an active member of NYSABE since 2004.  In 2010, she was elected as Delegate of Region 1, which serves Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York.  She continues to support Long Island educators, students and families in this capacity.  In the 2013-2014 year, Iraida contributed to NYSABE’s vision, serving as Treasurer on the Executive Board.  She resumed her service on the Board of Directors as Secretary in the 2015-2016 year.  This year, Iraida is President of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education.

“My philosophy of teaching is the recognition that all students are gifted…some just haven’t opened their presents.” Iraida believes in the gifts every student contributes and encourages others to help students unwrap those gifts and talents in support of their academic journey.


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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 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


       January 2018                       February 2018                March 2018                     April 2018
       Ali Safivand                       Dr. Seonhee Cho          Meredith Van Schuyler    Lucia Buttaro, PhD
 Rochester/Syracuse Region    New York City Region     Long Island Region        New York City Region