NYS TESOL Member of the Month Archive

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Meet the NYS TESOL Members of the Month for November 2015


Joye Dawkins

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.

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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 nominee’s 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.

Michael Witt

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.


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Celebrating Our Past Members of the Month

Christine Pearsall, elementary ESL teacher,  Patchogue-Medford School district, January 2015motmfeb2015 Alison Stritzl Scott Freiberger MOTM-May 2015 summer2015 Daniel H. Oct 2015