NYS TESOL Member of the Month for September 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 September 2016

Michelle Maturen
  New York City Region

Michelle Maturen

After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2004, Michelle first worked teaching English in Brittany through the French Embassy’s Teaching Assistant program.  Michelle then joined the New York City Teaching Fellows as an ESL Fellow in 2005.  She has taught ESL/ENL in grades K-10 in both transitional bilingual and freestanding English-as-a-Second-Language programs during her tenure as a teacher and ELL Program Coordinator in New York City.  She has provided instruction through self-contained, co-teaching, integrated, and stand-alone ESL/ENL models.   Michelle has also served as a mentor to new teachers enrolled in alternative route non-traditional teacher preparation programs (NYCTF and Teach for America), and she continues to host student teachers each year.  Her areas of interest include the influence of native language development on second language acquisition, mindset, and the alignment of educational policy and academic research.

Being a member of NYS TESOL allows me access to a forum for exchanging ideas with other professionals in my field, including expert opinions on current concerns around education policy for ELLs.  I also appreciate the seminars and workshops offered through the organization that help me to craft my instruction.


Click here to check out our wonderful annual awards and nominate a colleague this year !

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 PelcJohn Balbi Catherine BoxPam Knittel

Elena Dokshansky