NYS TESOL Member of the Month for September 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.
  5. View our rubric!

Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month
for September 2018

Susanne Marcus

Susanne Marcus
  Long Island Region 

Susanne Marcus has been an ESL(ENL) Teacher with the Great Neck Public Schools for over thirty years, implementing programs that highlight the strengths and achievements of Great Neck's ESL population. Marcus also has provided parent outreach programs, staff development to her non-ESL colleagues, and oversees a storytelling workshop for ELLs. Although Susanne has just retired from her teaching position with the Great Neck Public Schools, she will continue her PD work there. Susanne has taught English in China, France, Costa Rica, Israel, and Mexico. She holds NYS Teaching Certification in ESL, Spanish and French 7-12 and a professional certificate in School Leadership from Fordham University, where she was selected to a participate in Fordham University’s Long Island Bilingual/ESL Teacher Leadership Academy (BETLA).

As the former Project Director of InterAgency Council's CLD/ELL training program, Marcus developed curricula and provided training to special education personnel on issues of first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, learners with special learning needs, and cross-cultural communication. Her research interests are in the development of appropriate program models for ELLs with special needs and circumstances. Susanne taught as an adjunct in the TESOL Programs of CUNY Hunter College, Molloy College and SUNY Stony Brook. Marcus is an ENL trainer for NYSUT’s Education, Learning, Trust (ELT), offering courses to NYSUT members on all issues related to English Language Learners.

A two-time Past President of NYS TESOL and member of past Executive Boards, Marcus is a frequent presenter at our Annual Conferences, NYSABE and other professional conferences. Marcus is the recipient of the 1999 NYS TESOL Outstanding Teacher Award and 2008 Honoree of the Hispanic Community of Great Neck.

From the get-go, NYS TESOL has provided Marcus with the collegial community to grow as a professional. From the onset of her career, NYS TESOL has provided her with a forum in which to grow professionally and personally. She has made life-long friends through NYS TESOL and will always be energized by the organization!


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 Stritzl Scott Freiberger MOTM-May 2015 summer2015 Daniel H. Oct 2015 Jessica MarchiGretchen Oliver Courtney TurcerChristina Dawson Linda 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 Tripp

June 2018                           July 2018                                 August 2018
Tristan C. Thorne                Kara Muldoon                         Faith Tripp
New York City Region         Rochester/Syracuse Region Long Island Region