NYS TESOL Member of the Month for October 2015

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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 October 2015
Matty E.

Matty Espino
New York City Region

Matty Espino began his career teaching English to speakers of other languages in 2009. Over the past six years, he has taught students of all ages in South Korea, California, and New York. His passion and dedication to helping students and teachers is what caused him to pursue his MA degree in TESOL at Teachers College, Columbia University. He became involved with NYS TESOL as a registration volunteer for his first Applied Linguistics Winter Conference (ALWC) in 2014. Fast forward a few months later, Matty was appointed conference chair for the ALWC in 2015. He contributed hours, days, and weeks of time to lead the Applied Linguistics Winter Conference committee to a great success. This intensive activity contributed to the professional development of more than 250 attendees from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and abroad. Jeanie Faulkner, the NYS TESOL liaison for ALWC 2015, states, “The conference team participated in a very positive career development experience that will benefit them thanks to the strong support provided by Matty's leadership skills and knowledge.” Additionally, she adds, “Matty is a really fun and nice guy who also is a strong leader and adept problem solver.” Ultimately, NYS TESOL benefitted in pursuit of its mission to advance and enrich the TESOL field. Matty received his MA degree in TESOL last May and has chosen to continue his graduate career by pursuing his Masters of Education in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College. Additionally, he now serves as the program manager for the programs in Philosophy and Education, History and Education, and Cultural Studies at Teachers College. As he continues to build his knowledge of research in second language teaching and learning, he looks forward to further contributing to the field of TESOL and Applied Linguistics by maintaining his commitment to helping students and teachers.


Check out our wonderful annual awards and nominate a colleague this year !

Celebrating Our Past Members of the Month 

Daniel Heckmyer
September 2015
Daniel Heckmyer
Buffalo Region
Summer 2015
Lissa Varas
Long Island Region
MOTM-May 2015
May 2015
Marjorie Stanton
Rochester/Syracuse Region
Scott Freiberger
April 2015
Scott Freiberger
NYC Region
Alison Stritzl
March 2015
Alison Stritzi
Long Island Region
Katya Kats
February 2015
Katya Kats
Capital Region
Christine Pearsall, elementary ESL teacher, Patchogue-Medford School district, January 2015
January 2015
Christine Pearsall
Long Island Region