NYS TESOL Member of the Month for May 2018
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- 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
Iraida A. Bodre
New York City Region
A. Bodre is the older of two children born to parents who emigrated
from the Dominican Republic. Looking back at her Elementary
School years, she remembers getting in trouble for “talking too much”
when all she wanted was the answer, or the translation, for what she
wasn’t understanding. Even with the memory of those moments, Iraida
remembers that at the age of 11, she knew that she wanted to work with
children. Her academic journey includes a Bachelor’s Degree from Queens
College, Master’s Degree from Brooklyn College and an Advanced
Certificate from Stony Brook University.
After receiving her
Bachelor’s Degree, Iraida began her teaching career in Saint Michael’s
Elementary School in East New York, Brooklyn. After 5 years of
service there, she joined the New York City Department of Education,
often working with ELL’s in monolingual classrooms. Fourteen
years ago, Iraida began working for the Westbury Union Free School
District. She began her journey there as a Dual Language teacher
and in her last two years, she served as the Fifth Grade Bilingual
teacher. Today, Iraida is an Assistant Principal at Northern
Parkway Elementary School in the Uniondale Union Free School
District. She has been in the field of Education for over 20
Iraida has been an active member of NYSABE since
2004. In 2010, she was elected as Delegate of Region 1, which
serves Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York. She continues to
support Long Island educators, students and families in this
capacity. In the 2013-2014 year, Iraida contributed to NYSABE’s
vision, serving as Treasurer on the Executive Board. She resumed
her service on the Board of Directors as Secretary in the 2015-2016
year. This year, Iraida is President of the New York State
Association for Bilingual Education.
“My philosophy of teaching
is the recognition that all students are gifted…some just haven’t
opened their presents.” Iraida believes in the gifts every student
contributes and encourages others to help students unwrap those gifts
and talents in support of their academic journey.
Check out our wonderful annual awards and nominate a colleague this year !
Celebrating Our Past Members of the Month
Seonhee Cho Meredith Van Schuyler Lucia Buttaro, PhD
Region New York City Region Long Island
Region New York City Region