NYS TESOL Member of the Month for November 2015

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Meet the NYS TESOL Members of the Month
for November 2015

Joye Dawkins

New York City Region

Joye Dawkins lives and works in New York and speaks many languages, She first became involved in TESOL during volunteer humanitarian trips overseas. Acquiring English as a second language is often the key for many people to open the door to a better economic life. She saw this first hand in Haiti with people whose lives had been adversely affected by the 2010 earthquake. Learning English afforded people the opportunity to improve their chances to get jobs with NGO's and to get back on their feet. Joye is currently enrolled in the MA TESOL program at Hunter College. Her long term goal is to use the TESOL skills she acquires to help people in different countries to learn English well and in so doing to be a bridge to helping them acquire better paying jobs.

  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 web site, 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.
  5. View our rubric!

Michael Witt
New York City Region

Michael Witt recently committed himself to begin his teaching career after completing an intensive Tesol certificate program at Suny/ Westchester Community College in the spring of 2015. Prior to this, Michael has extensive experience as a marketing rep (particularly in Arts and Cultural organizations). He has achieved a BA from Sarah Lawrence and an MBA from Pace University prior to his return to school for his recent teaching certificate. Michael rekindled his interest in teaching when he worked in the Jacob Burns Center Minds in Motion program. In this program, he worked as a teacher’s Assistant and helped young adults created short animated programs. He has also Worked as a literacy volunteer of Westchester individually tutoring students and completed a practicum teaching English grammar to 25 advanced beginner level while at Westchester Community College. Currently, he is teaching a weekly reading comprehension and vocabulary workshop at the International Center in New York City. He looks forward to applying his skills to additional language classes and workshops in the NY metropolitan Area.


Check out our wonderful annual awards and nominate a colleague this year !

Celebrating Our Past Members of the Month 

Matty Espino
October 2015
Matty Espino
NYC Region
Daniel Heckmyer
September 2015
Daniel Heckmyer
Buffalo Region
Summer 2015
Lissa Varas
Long Island Region
MOTM-May 2015
May 2015
Marjorie Stanton
Rochester/Syracuse Region
Scott Freiberger
April 2015
Scott Freiberger
NYC Region
Alison Stritzl
March 2015
Alison Stritzi
Long Island Region
Katya Kats
February 2015
Katya Kats
Capital Region
Christine Pearsall, elementary ESL teacher, Patchogue-Medford School district, January 2015
January 2015
Christine Pearsall
Long Island Region