NYS TESOL Member of the Month for April 2016

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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 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.
  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.

Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month for April 2016
Linda Pelc

Linda Pelc

Linda A. Pelc, PhD, Linguistics, has been teaching ESL and EFL for more than 35 years.  She taught for 8 years in Thessaloniki, Greece, and for the last 25+ years in New York at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY.  Dr. Pelc has served as a teacher trainer for over 20 years, teaching Methods and Principles, Learner Assessment, and Authentic Materials at the New School for Social Research and New York University.  For 12+ years she worked as Instructional Facilitator for the New York City Department of Education training teachers of ESL adult basic education.  Dr. Pelc earned her PhD from CUNY Graduate Center.  Her doctorate examined language attrition among Greek bilinguals.
Dr. Pelc is a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher's Award from NYS TESOL and also the Teacher of the Year award from LAC (Literary Assistance Center).
Dr. Pelc has served TESOL in various professional capacities over the last 40 years.   She served on the NYS TESOL Executive Board and recently served as Nominations Chair.  Dr. Pelc has mentored countless ESL and Adult Basic Education teachers over the last 40 years, providing encouragement and guidance and inspiration.

On Being A NYS TESOL Member

For 25 years now, NYS TESOL has nurtured her in her ongoing quest to be a better professional. Symposia, ODMACs, two-day conferences, three-day conferences and countless discussions with fellow members have served as the outward evidence of her affiliation, but the connection has gone much deeper. She has developed life-long collaborations and friendships and ideas exchanged in these encounters have informed her teaching tremendously. NYS TESOL does what an organization of its kind should do. It provides forums, in person and in print, for TESOL professionals to share their knowledge, ideas, concerns and inquiries. Pelc feels a sense of pride as a member of NYS TESOL.


Click here to 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 2015 motmfeb2015 Alison Stritzl Scott Freiberger MOTM-May 2015 summer2015 Daniel H. Oct 2015 Jessica Marchi Gretchen Oliver Courtney TurcerChristina Dawson