NYS TESOL Member of the Month for May 2016
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- Eligibility – Nominee is a current NYS TESOL Member.
- Selection Criteria – Nominee demonstrates a commitment to the field.
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12 Members of the Month will be entered into a Raffle for a
complimentary registration to the NYS TESOL Annual Conference.
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to the field and/or our community of educators and students. A
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Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month for May 2016
L. Balbi holds a MA in TESOL and a M.Ed. in Administration and
Supervision from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has been a
dedicated educator for almost 45 years teaching and supervising in the
field of English as a Second Language. While employed with the
Department of Education he was coordinator of a Title I, ESL program
with a budget of over five million dollars. He supervised 41 teachers
in 101 schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. He
currently mentors Peace Corps Fellows and TESOL student teachers at
Teachers College. He has mentored about 500 teachers and written close
to 3500 formal and informal observation reports since 1980. John
considers himself a classroom diagnostician working with ESL teachers
to help them hone their teaching and reflective skills and encourage
them to be more accomplished teachers. He was one of the first 12
English Language Learner Instructional Support Specialists in New York
State to receive Level I QTEL certification. He has also given a
variety of workshops specializing in the QTEL conceptual framework
emphasizing specific scaffolds as they support learning within a socio
cultural environment. He has taught with success at community English
as a Second Language classes using the methods he teaches in his
Methods courses. He is currently an adjunct at Teachers College,
Columbia University where he teaches Methodologies in TESOL K-6 and a
Fieldwork in TESOL K-6 and 7-12. He is also an adjunct at Hunter
College, CUNY where he teaches Issues in Teaching English Language
Learners with Special Needs.
John has been a member of NYS TESOL since 1974. His service to the
organization has shaped his career and professional development in
numerous ways. He served on a variety of committees and then as
conference chair in 1988 and president in 1989-90. He was also the
Business Manager for 16 years working closely with numerous presidents
and executive boards. In that capacity he also supported many of the
conference chairs as they crafted their vision into the reality of a
statewide professional conference. He also served as local co-chair of
the TESOL convention when it was held in NYC once in 1999 and a second
time in 2008. Each time he worked with incredible teams of NYS TESOL
and TESOL colleagues. The convention in 1999 was the first in TESOL
history to have a record attendance of 10,000 participants. He is a
consistent presenter at the New York State TESOL conferences and has
also presented at the national TESOL conference. His presentations
focus on applying theory to practice making content accessible to
English language learners at all levels of proficiency. Serving NYS
TESOL has been an enriching professional experience for him in many
ways and he has made many friends along the way. He looks forward to
celebrating NYS TESOL’s 50th anniversary!
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