NYS TESOL Member of the Month Archive
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- Eligibility – Nominee is a current NYS TESOL Member.
- Selection Criteria – Nominee demonstrates a commitment to the field.
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12 Members of the Month will be entered into a Raffle for a
complimentary registration to the NYS TESOL Annual Conference.
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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
Lissa Varas was born in Chile and came
to USA in 1999 on vacation. Fifteen years later, she is a proud
citizen, wife and mother. During the first ten years Lissa worked in
many areas of employment -unrelated to the educational field-. When she
got her "green card" she decided to go back to school!
Coming from a family of teachers and being passionate about language,
Lissa found her dream career as an ENL teacher. After 6 years of
teaching, she can say that she made the right decision. Because she is
a second language learner, Lissa believes she has a more insightful
perspective of how to teach the English language.
Her supervisor explains that throughout her teaching career in the
Amityville School District, Lissa has always exemplified the meaning of
the word educator. Lissa has done an exceptional job of preparing
students to meet the rigorous academic demands of the Common Core
Standards and state exams, such as the NYSESLAT. Lissa is an important
part of their ESL After school Academy and Summer School programs. She
also serves as a district translator for school and district functions,
parent meetings, and school announcements. Not only does Lissa give
110%, but she goes beyond the call of duty by teaching their Adult ESL
class and assisting their non-English speaking families in the
community. Lissa has also provided professional development workshops
(ENL methodologies, Co-teaching, etc.), as well as, assisted her
colleagues to meet the new CR-154 requirements.
Lissa has consistently been in the top of the list of teachers with the
highest number of students testing at Commanding/Proficient level on
the NYSESLAT district wide. Her adult ESL classes are always full.
Parents are enthusiastic to enroll in her class and are willing to stay
until 9pm on a weekday (after working full days) because of her style
of teaching. According to her supervisor, "I have sat in her Adult ESL
classes, and they are one of the most entertaining and informative
classes I have ever had the pleasure of attending." Lissa attributes
her style of teaching to the way that she learned English. She always
shares the anecdote of how she learned English as an adult coming from
Her supervisor adds, "Ms. Varas is a tremendous asset to our school, our district, and our community."
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