NYS TESOL Member of the Month for September 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
September 2015

Daniel Heckmyer
Buffalo Region

Daniel 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.


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

Celebrating Our Past Members of the Month 

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