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the NYS TESOL Member of the Month
for June 2016
DiFelice Box comes from a family of proud teachers. While she admired
her parents, aunt, and sister for their dedicated work in the
classroom, she had every intention of becoming a writer in Paris.
Nevertheless, she happily followed in the footsteps of her family
members and became a teacher herself, a decision she has never
holds an B.A. in English and French from Muhlenberg College, and an
M.A. in English Literature from West Chester University, which goes to
show that she was quite serious about the idea of becoming a writer.
Along the way, she began teaching writing to undergraduates as a
graduate student, and from that point on, she knew the classroom was
her home. She moved from the college composition class to the high
school classroom in Pennsylvania, and soon after to a high school in
Paris (which shows she was also quite serious about the Paris thing).
In all her classroom experiences, Catherine was particularly drawn to
her students who were learning the dominant language of the school and
were adjusting to life in a new country; many of these students had
inspiring immigration stories. She returned to the United States to
pursue an Ed.M. in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia
University, where she taught adult ESL and French courses. At present,
she is completing her doctorate at Teachers College and serving as
full-time faculty in the TESOL & Applied Linguistics Program.
She works closely with Professor Hansun Waring, engaging in classroom
and teacher training research in the conversation analytic paradigm,
with the aspiration to work with fellow teachers and researchers in
order to improve second language pedagogy and language teacher
training. In 2012, she co-chaired the second annual meeting of the
Language and Social Interaction (LANSI) Working Group at Teachers
College with Professor Waring, and has remained an active member of the
group. Also at Teachers College, she has taught courses to aspiring
teachers in TESOL Classroom Practices, K-6 Teaching Methods, 7-12
Teaching Methods, and Student Teaching Practica for both pre-service
ENL and adult education ESL teachers. She has also taught Discourse
Analysis and the laboratory for Phonetics & Phonology. She has
provided academic, and sometimes therapeutic!, support as a former
edTPA fellow for New York teacher candidates. In addition, Catherine is
engaged in educational projects outside academia; currently, she is
part of a grant-funded team working on curriculum for the Salvation
Army's after-school program.
she loves to analyze data and facilitate conversation in the halls of
graduate school, Catherine's favorite place to be is with the
multilingual learners and their teachers in the classrooms of New York
City. Truth be told, Catherine loves just about any classroom,
anywhere. As part of work as a faculty member at Teachers College, she
supervises student teachers as they pursue initial certification in
ENL, and has also mentored student teachers in the adult ESL program,
as well as the post-baccalaureate TESOL Certificate Program. Through
the experience of supervising, she has seen beginning teachers blossom,
experienced teachers shine, and children, from very young to
young-at-heart, work hard, sometimes against incredible odds, to
achieve their goals. It is perhaps for this last reason that she goes
to bed exhausted but happy on most nights.
has been a member of NYS TESOL since 2006, and volunteered several
times for the ALWC at Teachers College. She was an executive board
member of NYS TESOL from 2013-2015, where she served as the SIGs
Coordinator as a part of a wonderful 4-person team, who still sends
group texts to each other from time to time for old time's sake. Being
part of NYS TESOL has been richly rewarding, both on the professional
and personal level. Through NYS TESOL, she has learned to better
advocate for the MLLs of New York and their incredibly hardworking
teachers. She has collaborated on research projects and shared teaching
ideas with fellow members. She has also made lifelong friends.
she just might write that book while sitting in a cafe in Paris. No
doubt, it will be inspired by the children, the students, the teachers,
and the organization that brings them all together.