NYS TESOL Member of the Month Archive
Help us celebrate NYS TESOL members
Nominate a Member Now! It's easy!
- 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 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.
– 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
Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month for
Daniel Heckmyer recently moved to the area from San Diego where he was
a founding member of the San Diego Chapter of CATESOL. He is very
excited to be part of NYS TESOL and has already organized a local NYS
TESOL Chautauqua County group, which is very inspiring and motivating
to local ESL teachers. He is full of ideas and energy and has organized
monthly meetings as well as their first big event bringing the director
and 2 students from the movie “I Learn America” to Dunkirk High School
and on-campus at Fredonia for the Teacher Education Program. Daniel the
local NYS TESOL group of Chautauqua County is also working on planning
a local NYSTESOL conference for Next Year.
Daniel's other achievements include:
*Opening the first on-campus location of EC English at Fredonia.
*Launched Free ESL classes for migrant workers in Chautauqua county in
collaboration with the Rural Ministry which are held every Thursday
from 3:30 to 4:30pm at the Fredonia Technology Incubator.
*Formulating, reinventing a local NYSTESOL chapter/affiliate with
*Bringing 2 empowering 'I Learn America' workshops for local ESL
students and their teachers, and pre-service teachers to the area
*Planning a local conference
*Long-term planning for a NYSTESOL conference to be held in our region
According to Daniel's colleague, local TESOL teachers have been
dispirited as a result of the last few years of policy and practices,
and Daniel has been a great motivating force for them. Many of the
teachers are optimistic that they can work together for change and to
support their students and each other through the organization that
Daniel is forming.
Click here to check out our wonderful annual awards and nominate a colleague this year !