NYS TESOL Member of the Month for July 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 July 2016

Pam Knittel
Hudson Valley Region

Pam Knittel

Pam has worked in the Poughkeepsie City School District for 9 years, as a K-8 ENL teacher and K-12 District ENL Coach. She has a Bachelor's degree in German, my Master's degree in TESOL, and she has post-graduate work in Humanistic/Multicultural Education. All degrees are from SUNY New Paltz. 

She has been a member of NYS TESOL and TESOL since 2007, and has had the opportunity to present at both conventions various times. She has lived abroad in three countries and understands what it's like to be immersed in a different language and culture. She believes strongly that every child has the right to be bilingual, and her efforts in school advocate to promote this belief for not only our ELLs, but our mainstream English-speaking students. To that end, although she works in an ENL stand-alone program (Poughkeepsie does not have a bilingual program), she believes in the benefits of the dual-language approach and hope that one day all students can achieve the seal of biliteracy on their high school diploma.

Pam is so grateful for NYS TESOL as it has allowed her to connect with colleagues across the state, not only through the listserv, but also through conferences and local events. She believes we are stronger when we learn and grow together, and her career is enriched with the professional opportunities that NYS TESOL allows her.


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 Linda PelcJohn Balbi Catherine Box