- 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 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 April 2016
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
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
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.