NYS TESOL Member of the Month for May 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.
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Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month
for May 2019

Ozge Yol

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Ozge Yol 
Rochester/Syracuse Region

Özge Yol is a doctoral candidate of Educational Theory and Practice at Binghamton University, and her research focuses on TESOL, second language writing, and teacher education. She holds an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language with a concentration in Applied Linguistics from Northern Arizona University. Her B.A. is in English Language Teaching, with a minor in German Language, from  Middle East Technical University in Turkey.

Right after graduating from college for almost 10 years ago, Özge started her profession as an English language instructor at Bilkent University School of Foreign Language in Turkey. She taught English for Academic Purposes through an integrated skills approach to Turkish students with various levels of proficiency and mixed abilities. Motivated to extend her knowledge in the field, she decided to pursue an M.A. degree in the U.S. and came to Arizona around 6 years ago. During her M.A. studies in Arizona, she continued working as an English language instructor and taught freshman composition courses to international students for two years. 

Having started her doctoral studies in upstate New York, she had opportunities to broaden her teaching experiences to the K-12 context. She designed and coordinated an after-school writing program for ELLs at a local middle school and closely worked with in-service and pre-service ESL teachers. She also taught various pedagogy and theory-based courses in the M.A. TESOL program of Binghamton University.  She is currently working on her dissertation, which focuses on second language writing instruction for adolescent ELLs, as a Couper fellow.

Özge is passionate about teaching English, and she loves being in the classroom with learners.  She thinks there is not an end to the journey of learning, and classrooms as the microcosm of this global and cosmopolitan world are hubs for growth. She enjoys learning from and together with her students! She would like to continue her career by working with teacher candidates of linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms.

Valuing the interaction and collaboration among teachers, scholars, graduate students, and language learners, Özge thanks NYS TESOL for creating such a welcoming and supportive space and building a community practicing sharing.  She is honored to be the member of the month as well as of NYS TESOL.




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 Oliver Courtney 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-Fonseca

April 2019

Suzanne Kaplan-Fonseca
New York City Region