NYS TESOL Member of the Month for August 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 August 2016

Elena Dokshansky
Buffalo Region

Elena Dokshansky

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 international conferences.

Being a member of NYS TESOL provides her with an opportunity to be a part of a professional organization that advocates for culturally and linguistically diverse learners, supports advancement in professional development, and provides current field-related information on regulations, research, grant and employment opportunities, curriculum and effective practices.

As a member of NYS TESOL, she has had a privilege to collaborate with excellent dedicated professionals in the field, attend and present at annual conferences, serve as a regional chair for Buffalo (2005 – 2012), Buffalo region assistant chair for teacher education (2012 – Present), and be a member of Buffalo region leadership team (2012 – Present). In addition, her students have had a remarkable opportunity to participate in annual student essay contests, and had a privilege to be selected as winners! Furthermore, she could share about benefits of membership and valuable resources of NYS TESOL with pre-service teachers.


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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 Linda PelcJohn Balbi Catherine BoxPam Knittel