NYS TESOL Member of the Month for March 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 March 2016
Christina Dawson

Ms. Dawson, Buffalo Region, is passionate about the field of TESOL. She collaborates with colleagues and provides and models research-based support strategies that meet student needs. This enhances student opportunities for success throughout all courses. Ms. Dawson saw a need for additional reading support among her middle school ELL students, which encouraged her to begin an after school reading intensive program. Her students meet after school for 30 minutes two days a week to work on a web-based reading program. Ms. Dawson collaborated with several ENL (English as a New Language) teachers to present an overview of their elementary and middle school ENL programs for the school board. She also invited two ENL students (and their families) to share their experiences in the ENL program. Ms. Dawson has nominated ENL students for awards and scholarships as opportunities arise. Passionate about parent and community involvement, Ms. Dawson coordinated a cultural event for students and families to lead. Both students and their parents met and gave input on their cultural recognition, and created posters, banners, and presentations to share their heritage with the rest of the school. Student success and positive outcomes result from Ms. Dawson's extra activities. Her collaboration with colleagues increases student learning in all core classes. Academic growth shows through student proficiency, class engagement, and assessments. Her students gain confidence and experience speaking in front of large groups of professionals. Most importantly, Ms. Dawson's students want to seek out more opportunities to learn, and she tries to provide all of her students with additional learning experiences and resources that cultivate a love for learning.


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 Turcer