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

Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month
for August 2019

Kimberly Wilder

Kimberly Wilder
Long Island Region
(view video below)

Kimberly Wilder video introduction

Kimberly Wilder has been an early childhood educator for decades. She has enjoyed and studied languages since she was a child. She has taken classes in Russian, French, and Spanish. She has her B.A. in English from Roanoke College in Virginia. Recently. Kimberly earned her M.A. in TESOL from SUNY/Stony Brook. She is excited to be on this new career pathway. Kimberly has taught at public schools, private schools, Montessori-style nursery schools, and at the Walt Whitman Birthplace as a poetry teacher for school tours. She has served as a substitute ESL Teacher at the Riverhead Free Library. As part of her masters degree program, Kimberly created and led an ELL book/movie discussion series related to “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. Kimberly began attending NYS TESOL conferences for school credit. Having learned from the workshops, resonated with the pedagogy, and admired the organization and community surrounding it, she became a member and volunteer. Kimberly served as the VP of Outreach. Among her duties, she spent many hours volunteering before, during, and after the 2018 NYS TESOL Annual Conference. One of her personal projects is Poetry for Ed, a blog for sharing poetry with the ELL, Early Childhood, and Special Education communities.




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 StritzlScott Freiberger MOTM-May 2015 summer2015Daniel H.Oct 2015Jessica MarchiGretchen OliverCourtney TurcerChristina DawsonLinda 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 TrippSusanne MarcusKaroline Kaon

June 2018                           July 2018                                 August 2018                 September 2018           October 2018
Tristan C. Thorne                Kara Muldoon                         Faith Tripp                   Susanne Marcus          Karoline Kaon
New York City Region         Rochester/Syracuse Region Long Island Region        Long Island Region     New York City Region

George MorrisTilla AlexanderYvonne Pratt-JohnsonCarmen DiazMaria Hartmann

November 2018            December 2018               January 2019                 February 2019           March 2019

George Morris              Tilla Alexander              Yvonne Pratt-Johnson  Carmen Diaz            Maria Hartmann

New York City Region   New York City Region    New York City Region  Capital Region        Long Island Region 

Suzanne Kaplan-FonsecaÖzge YolDr. Joshua Pangborn        Abby Porter Mack

April 2019                           May 2019              June 2019                    July 2019

Suzanne Kaplan-Fonseca    Özge Yol        Dr. Joshua Pangborn    Abby Porter Mack
New York City Region    Rochester/Syracuse   New York City         New York City