NYS TESOL Member of the Month for November 2017
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- Eligibility – Nominee is a current NYS TESOL Member.
- Selection Criteria – Nominee demonstrates a commitment to the field.
– 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.
– 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
Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month for
Long Island Region
O’Brien-Smith is a full professor at Nassau Community College where she
has worked in the Department of Reading and Basic Education since
1984. Prior to that, she worked for ten years as a Reading
teacher at the Mill Neck School for the Deaf. She is fluent in
American Sign Language. Debbie holds a degree in Deafness
Education from Teachers College, Columbia University (MA) and a degree
in Reading Education from Queens College (MS). She has been
teaching second language requisition skills to hearing and Deaf
students for 43 years, presenting at workshops, attending conferences
and writing and assessing ESL course curriculum programs.
attributes a large part of her professional growth to her affiliation
with NYS TESOL. NYS TESOL membership provided conference
workshops and networking opportunities which enabled her to utilize
innovative educational techniques in the classroom and gain confidence
in her teaching skills. Debbie first attended NYS TESOL conferences,
then presented at them. She was encouraged to publish
professional articles in IDIOM, the NYS TESOL publication
experiences, in turn, motivated her to join the dedicated LI ESOL
professionals at Molloy College. Debbie has been affiliated with
LI ESOL for almost twenty years serving as a member of the LI ESOL
Professional Conference Committee.
In 2006, Debbie was
recognized for superior professional achievement and the ongoing
pursuit of excellence when she was awarded the SUNY NYS Chancellor’s
Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2013, she received The
Outstanding ESL Teacher of the Year Award from LI ESOL in recognition
of her exemplary service to English Language Learners.
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