- 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 website, 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 nominee’s contributions
to the field and/or our community of educators and students. A
NYS TESOL committee will review the entries and select the monthly
NYS TESOL Member of the Month Archive-
Congratulations to Scott Freiberger, the NYS TESOL Member of the
Month! The award honors his outstanding ESL teaching and contributions
to our field "over and above" his responsibilities at school.
According to the colleague who nominated him, "Scott Freiberger is the
hardest-working and most respectful, helpful educator I have
encountered in my 15 years of teaching for the NYC DOE."
Scott began teaching ESL in 1995. At P.S. 20Q John Bowne Elementary
School, Scott meets with colleagues both before and after work hours to
plan his lessons at least three weeks in advance. He arrives every day
an hour early to study data in order to identify specific areas of
student growth which require further targeting, and to share best
practices with classroom teachers. Since he works hard to improve the
capacity of all classroom teachers, Scott's insights help all of the
school's nearly 1,500, mainly bilingual, students to improve. In
addition, by using fluency in Mandarin, and proficiency in Spanish,
Japanese, and Korean, he enables students to achieve high performance
levels and develop increased confidence.
Scott has made many contributions to the P.S. 20Q Community. He devised
and wrote an informative ESL Newsletter, published quarterly, for the
entire teaching staff, and shared two research-based articles he wrote
and published in Idiom, NYS TESOL's online newsletter. Scott also took
the time to edit the Kindergarten Orientation PowerPoint slideshow and
introduced the ESL department in fluent Chinese to a packed auditorium.
These slides were later printed and distributed to the parents of the
school's largely bilingual population. Scott has also been integral
with developing the NYSESLAT Night Agendas for the past several years.
He helped plan and participated in informative events for parents, and
his language skills have been a valuable asset during parent/student
events. He has assisted with translation during parent meetings for
administrators, special education teachers, and members of the support
staff. Due to his diverse language skills, Scott has served as a true
ambassador for the school, and feedback received from parents has been
overwhelmingly positive regarding Scott's contributions.
In addition, Scott volunteers his time to contribute to two school
leadership teams, works tirelessly to edit the comprehensive Language
Allocation Policy report, and is available to assist administrators,
members of the school-based support team, and colleagues with
translation and multilingual parent communication. He also presents
interactive workshops at ESL conferences to share resources and offer
support for ELLs. Perhaps most notable, Scott provides free assistance
to working parents and families in multiple languages outside of
regular school hours, including on weekends. This has led to a marked
increase in parental and family support at important school events.
Scott also recognizes the many talents of his students, and recently
coached a somewhat reticent yet precocious student to achieve the
first-place prize of a competitive city-wide ESL Writing Contest.
To sum up, Scott's colleague enthusiastically affirmed that, "Scott
Freiberger is a tremendous asset to the ESL department and a true
inspiration to our entire learning community."