NYS TESOL Member of the Month for July 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
July 2017

Timea Kernacova Braun
Timea Kernacova Braun, New York City Region


As an immigrant from Slovakia in the 1990s, Timea had first hand experience as an English Language Learner in an English as a Second Language program. This learning through immersion was quite challenging, and Timea had to fight to cling to her native language. Ultimately, equipped with a new language and the opportunity afforded through living in the United States, Timea became the Valedictorian of her graduating class in 2013. To make sure that English Language Learners of the future wouldn't go through the same type of language learning programs, Timea continued on to work towards her Master's degree in ESOL. She hopes to continue working as an ELA/ESOL teacher and to one day complete a doctoral program in alternative curriculum studies.

To her, membership in NYS TESOL means being part of a community and having access to the latest ideas and developments in the field. As a NYS TESOL member, Timea attended this year's annual conference in Syracuse, NY. Being a brand new ESOL teacher this year, she was looking for answers. During the conference the TESOL community gave her just that. Timea learned that the challenges she was facing in integrated co-teaching were being faced by all. The conference provided her with answers, resources, suggestions, and of course kinship. TESOL also inspired her to conduct an active research study in the use of e-portfolios by English Language Learners.


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 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 Kim