NYS TESOL Member of the Month for September 2017

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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.

Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month for
  September 2017

O’Mayra C. Cruz, Ed.D.

O’Mayra C. Cruz, Ed.D.
New York City Region

O’Mayra is an English Language Learners Services Administrator at the New York City Department of Education. She supports schools with ELL instructional practices and compliance. She began her career in 1999 as a teacher at a Dual Language School in Brooklyn, New York. She received an M.Ed in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from Adelphi University.  In 2012, she joined the NYC DOE central network office as a Data Accountability administrator supporting schools with data accountability and compliance.  O’Mayra completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2013 and has an advanced Certificate in School and District Administration and Supervision.  Today, she is dedicated to promoting bilingual education, equity for all students, and ensuring quality support to administrators, teachers and families.
Being a member of NYS TESOL means O’Mayra can effectively support teachers and administrators across 250 schools in Brooklyn, New York with meaningful resources to enhance student learning and educator leadership. In her own professional learning sessions for administrators and teachers, O’Mayra has incorporated targeted teaching practices, shared at various NYS TESOL Regional workshops she has attended. These practices have resulted in the enhancement of pedagogical knowledge for new ELL teachers and has brought awareness of current topics in the field to schools across the city. She has also collaborated in various projects and has shared teaching concepts with fellow NYS TESOL members and colleagues. She hopes to attend this year’s NYS TESOL annual conference to network with colleagues and in turn, empower ELL students everywhere.


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Celebrating Our Past Members of the Month

Christine Pearsall, elementary ESL teacher,  Patchogue-Medford School district, January 2015 motmfeb2015 Alison Stritzl Scott Freiberger MOTM-May 2015 summer2015 Daniel H. Oct 2015 Jessica Marchi Gretchen Oliver Courtney TurcerChristina Dawson Linda PelcJohn Balbi Catherine 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) Lei