- 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
Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month for February 2015
Congratulations to Katya Kats, an elementary
school ESL teacher in the Cohoes City School District in our Capital
Region, and the newest NYS TESOL Member of the Month!
The colleague nominating our February
winner affirms that Katya does not allow her job title to restrict the
reach of her influence. She is not only committed to her students, but
also to their families. Katya holds an ESL Welcome Picnic in the
beginning of each school year to meet all of the families whose
children she will be teaching.
serves as an interpreter during parent-teacher conferences for families
of her own students, and for any other families in need of translation
services. In addition, Katya volunteers to help parents after her work
day, with health and legal matters.
After school, Katya can often be
found in her classroom helping her students with homework and
assignments. Her colleague states that Katya's own experiences as an
emigre and English Language Learner give her a vantage point that
greatly assists the families she serves, while also allowing her to
share authentic knowledge and ideas with her students that have global
Katya goes out of her way to help
ensure that all of her ELL learners and their families have a smooth
transition to their school district and to the country.