NYS TESOL Member of the Month for September 2015
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Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month forDaniel
Heckmyer recently moved to the area from San Diego where he was a
founding member of the San Diego Chapter of CATESOL. He is very excited
to be part of NYS TESOL and has already organized a local NYS TESOL
Chautauqua County group, which is very inspiring and motivating to
local ESL teachers. He is full of ideas and energy and has organized
monthly meetings as well as their first big event bringing the director
and 2 students from the movie “I Learn America” to Dunkirk High School
and on-campus at Fredonia for the Teacher Education Program. Daniel the
local NYS TESOL group of Chautauqua County is also working on planning
a local NYSTESOL conference for Next Year. Daniel's other achievements
include: *Opening the first on-campus location of EC English at
Fredonia. *Launched Free ESL classes for migrant workers in Chautauqua
county in collaboration with the Rural Ministry which are held every
Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30pm at the Fredonia Technology Incubator.
*Formulating, reinventing a local NYSTESOL chapter/affiliate with
monthly meetings *Bringing 2 empowering 'I Learn America' workshops for
local ESL students and their teachers, and pre-service teachers to the
area *Planning a local conference *Long-term planning for a NYSTESOL
conference to be held in our region According to Daniel's colleague,
local TESOL teachers have been dispirited as a result of the last few
years of policy and practices, and Daniel has been a great motivating
force for them. Many of the teachers are optimistic that they can work
together for change and to support their students and each other
through the organization that Daniel is forming.
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