NYS TESOL Member of the Month Archive
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Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month for March 2015
Congratulations to Alison
Stritzl, the NYS TESOL Member of the Month for March! The award honors
her contributions to our field "over and above" her responsibilities at
Alison is the only social worker in a Copiague/Long Island high school
of 1600 students. She is bilingual and has always worked closely with
ESL students and their families. This year, the school has a large
influx of newcomers who are unaccompanied minors. These students
arrived with a lot of trauma and some serious issues that needed to be
addressed with sensitivity and care. Alison has been extremely involved
in all of these cases, which has added a lot to her already demanding
case load. To this date, she has already counseled over a hundred out
of 230 ESL students. This, along with the rest of her case load, has
added a tremendous amount of work to her day. She never complains about
this and, in fact, volunteers to be part of parent evenings, student
groups and anything else in order to support ELL students and their
Due to the extra time and effort Alison devotes to the ELL population,
bilingual students are given the individual attention they need. In
addition, there has been an increase in the amount of assistance from
outside organizations provided to families based on Alison's efforts
and recommendations. She is constantly making home visits to the
school's ELL families, often bringing this assistance directly to their
doors. This has also resulted in improvement of attendance for many
students who had truancy problems. Making herself available
during parent night and weekend events has allowed parents access to
her outside of the school day, which is a great need for many.
Alison continues to attempt to gain more knowledge about the ELL
population. In addition, she is currently enrolled in a bilingual
program in order to obtain her bilingual certification. The person who
nominated Alison states that Alison is not required to give the
attention she does to the ELL population at her school, but she does,
and never turns students away.
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