NYS TESOL Member of the Month for May 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 May 2016
John Balbi

John 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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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 Pelc