NYS TESOL Member of the Month for December 2019

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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 December 2019


Elke Stappert

Elke Stappert
New York City Region



Elke Stappert-listen to YouTube video now

Elke was born in Germany and lived in Hamburg and London before she fell in love with New York City, where she has lived since 1995.  She earned a B.A. in English and Latin American Studies at Hamburg University, and an M.A. in Liberal Studies at New York University. Elke loves languages and helping people to learn them. She passed Cambridge University’s CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) and DaF (Teaching German as a Foreign language) certificates with distinction.

Elke started her educational journey teaching New York City kids how to make short movies. After being a Literacy Volunteer at the New York Public Library for a few years, she joined the library’s English Program full-time in 2011, first as a manager, then as an ESOL and Literacy teacher. Elke is a part-time computer and ESOL teacher at 1199 SEIU Training and Employment Funds and a consultant at the Literacy Assistance Center in New York, where she also helps mentor new ESOL teachers.

Elke has presented workshops at various organizations and conferences, including the annual New School/Literacy Assistance Center conference, MEXTESOL, NYC ABE Conference, TESOL International Convention and webinars, and NYS TESOL in 2017 and 2019.

Currently, Elke serves as the Co-Administrator of TESOL International’s Video Professional Learning Network. This leadership opportunity has allowed her to produce and promote video as a teaching resource and help interested teachers to network.

Elke enjoys being a member of TESOL International and NYS TESOL because of the myriad possibilities for ongoing networking and professional development, from regional member meetings to conferences and online teaching resources.

Elke’s teaching approach is communicative, student-centered and technology-supported.  She is a passionate teacher who goes above and beyond for her students. One of Elke’s key teaching areas has been guiding learners on how to enjoy outside of class practice.  Following the concept of the flipped classroom, Elke created a website for students and teachers that recommends online resources, offers online classes, and shares her teaching materials and videos: www.EnglishYoyo.com.

Currently, she even spends her free time with phonograms and music videos, creating phonics cards and videos for adult literacy students.



 

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Celebrating Our Past Members of the Month 










Dr. Ann Wintergerst
November 2019
Dr. Ann Wintergerst
New York City Region
Tanya Rosado-Barringer
October 2019
Tanya Rosado-Barringer
Rochester/Syracuse  Region
Charles Lauth
September 2019
Charles Lauth
Rochester/Syracuse  Region
Kimberly Wilder
August 2019
Kimberly Wilder
Long Island Region
Abby Porter Mack
July 2019
Abby Porter Mack
NYC Region
Dr. Joshua Pangborn
June 2019
Dr. Joshua Pangborn
NYC Region
Özge Yol
May 2019
Özge Yol 
Rochester/Syracuse Region
Suzanne Kaplan-Fonseca

April 2019
Suzanne 
Kaplan-Fonseca NYC Region 
    

Maria Hartmann
March 2019
Maria Hartmann
Long Island Region
Carmen Diaz
February 2019
Carmen Diaz
Capital Region
Yvonne Pratt-Johnson
January 2019
Yvonne Pratt-Johnson
NYC Region
Tilla Alexander
December 2018
Tilla Alexander
NYC Region

George Morris

November 2018
George Morris
NYC Region
Karoline Kaon
October 2018
Karoline Kaon
NYC Region
Susanne Marcus
September 2018
Susanne Marcus
Long Island Region
Faith Tripp
August 2018
Faith Tripp
Long Island Region
Kara Muldoon
July 2018
Kara Muldoon
Rochester/Syracuse Region
Tristan C. Thorne
June 2018
Tristan Thorne
NYC Region
Iraida A. Bodre
May 2018
Iraida A. Bodre
NYC Region
Lucia Buttaro, PhD
April 2018
Dr. Lucia Buttaro
NYC Region
Meredith Van Schuyler
March 2018
Meredith Van Schuyler
Long Island Region
Dr. Seonhee Cho
February 2018
Dr. Seonhee Cho
NYC Region
Ali Safivand
January 2018
Ali Safivand
Rochester/Syracuse Region
Derek Baylor
December 2017
Derek Baylor
NYC Region
Deborah O'Brien-Smith
November 2017
Deborah O'Brien-Smith
Long Island Region
Aiko Pletch
October 2017
Aiko Pletch
Hudson Valley Region
O'Mayra C. Cruz
September 2017
O'Mayra C. Cruz, Ed.D
NYC Region
(Cho Hang) Jessica Lei
August 2017
(Cho Hang) Jessica Lei
NYC Region
Timea Kernacova Braun
July 2017
Timea Kernacova Braun
NYC Region
Kimberly Kim
June 2017
Kimberly Kim
NYC Region
Wen (Elyssa) Sun
May 2017
Wen (Elyssa) Sun
NYC Region
Shannon Spollen
April 2017
Shannon Spollen
Long Island Region
Kathleen McCann Klaiber
March 2017
Kathleen McCann Klaiber
Rochester/Syracuse Region
Lisa Rost Lewis
February 2017
Lisa Rost Lewis
Hudson Valley Region
Anna Ciriani Dean
January 2017
Anna Ciriana Dean
NYC Region
Ebru Altay Damkaci
December 2016
Ebru Altay Damkaci
Rochester/Syracuse Region
Denise Gonez Santos
November 2016
Denise Gonez Santos
Buffalo Region
Camille Embus Perez
October 2016
Camille Embus Perez
NYC Region
Michelle Maturen
September 2016
Michelle Maturen
NYC Region
Elena Dokshansky
August 2016
Elena Dokshansky
Buffalo Region
Pam Knittel
July 2016
Pam Knittel
Hudson Valley Region
Catherine Box
June 2016
Catherine Box
NYC Region
John Balbi
May 2016
John Balbi
NYC Region
Linda Pelc
April 2016
Linda Pelc
NYC Region
Christina Dawson
March 2016
Christina Dawson
Buffalo Region
Courtney TurcerFebruary 2016
Courtney Turcer
Rochester/Syracuse Region
Gretchen Oliver
January 2016
Gretchen Oliver
Capital Region
Jessica Marchi
December 2015
Jessica Marchi
Hudson Valley Region
Michael WittNovember 2015
Michael Witt
NYC Region
Joye Dawkins
November 2015
Joye Dawkins
NYC Region
Matty Espino
October 2015
Matty Espino
NYC Region
Daniel Heckmyer
September 2015
Daniel Heckmyer
Buffalo Region
summer2015
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