NYS TESOL Member of the Month for August 2016
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Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month Elena
Dokshansky was born in Minsk, Belarus, and her family immigrated to the
U.S.A. in 2000. Elena is a mother of a multilingual son who is
mastering English, Hebrew, and Russian. Since 2004, Ms. Dokshansky has
been an ESL teacher. She has focused on implementing differentiated,
content-based, technology-supported curriculum for her multilingual and
multicultural students who became published authors in the anthology
KidBits, and won NYS TESOL essay contests in 2013 and 2015. During her
teaching career, Ms. Dokshansky instituted home visits to enhance
teacher-parent communication, made in-school presentations to parents,
served as an interpreter at teacher-parent conferences, and advocated
for ELLs and their parents. Ms. Dokshansky has accepted a position of
an adjunct professor of TESOL in 2009, and has been teaching graduate
courses in TESOL and Bilingual methods, Sociolinguistics, and Second
Language Acquisition. Presently, Ms. Dokshansky is a doctoral candidate
in Foreign and Second Language Education at SUNY University at Buffalo.
She earned her Ed.M. in TESOL from SUNY University at Buffalo in 2004,
and completed a B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages at Belorussian State
University in Minsk, Belarus in 2000. Ms. Dokshansky is an active
member of NYS TESOL and NYSABE who has presented at local, state, and
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