NYS TESOL Member of the Month for July 2017
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Nominate a Member Now! It's easy!
- Eligibility – Nominee is a current NYS TESOL Member.
- Selection Criteria – Nominee demonstrates a commitment to the field.
– 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.
– 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
Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month for
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