NYS TESOL Member of the Month

In celebration of all that you do, NYS TESOL launched the Member of the Month program at the 2014 Annual Conference to honor and recognize the volunteer service of our members. The many diverse and valuable contributions above and beyond ones daily job support our colleagues and our students and their families.

  • Do you know a super teacher who spends hours of after school time supporting his/ her students with classwork, extra-curricular activities or college and scholarship applications?

  • Is there someone in your network who is always available as the go-to person for anyone who has questions about ELLs or TESOL?

  • Do you have a colleague who volunteers regularly to serve on committees in support of our educator colleagues or our ELL students?

  • Eligibility: Nominee is a current NYS TESOL Member.

  • Selection Criteria: Nominee demonstrates a commitment to the field.

  • 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.

  • Process: Click the link above and tell us about your nominee's contributions to the field and/or our community of educators and students.  The NYS TESOL membership committee will review the entries and select the monthly winner!

Meet our NYS TESOL Member of the Month

for May 2020!

Carrie Martin



In 1995, Carrie graduated from University of Redlands in Redlands, CA with her teaching certification for grades K-8. Although California teachers are all certified as ELL teachers, Carrie desired more specific knowledge in supporting her ELL student needs. In 2001, Carrie graduated with a Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from California State San Bernardino, which offered a program with a more domestic perspective within the International TESOL graduate degree program already being offered.

Carrie began her ELL teaching career at Central Language Academy in Ontario, CA, a dual language school for over 700 Spanish and English speakers. She taught grades 2, 3 and 4 in self-contained settings for 8 years and was a teacher on assignment for two years supporting newcomers, administering state testing for all identified ELLs, and providing professional development for teachers in English Language Development strategies across the proficiency levels. While teaching in California, she was active in the annual Southern CATESOL Conferences presenting ELD strategies as well as assisting with authoring a TESOL publication Integrating the ESL Standards into Classroom Practice for Grades K-2 in 2000.

In 2006, she moved to New York State with her family and began her teaching career in NY as an ENL teacher for grades K-5 at Union Endicott School District where she currently teaches. Carries passion for working with ELL students was born on her first day of teaching at Central Language Academy in CA with a room of 22 second grade students, 20 of which were identified ELLs. It was then she realized how underrepresented the ELL learning needs were in regular teacher prep programs and how more needs to be done to provide US teachers sufficient tools to provide this ever growing population of students with equal access. Whether teaching in a school of 700+ ELLs or in a district with less than 50 ELLs, each and every student matters. Carrie strives each day to meet students and families where they are at with their own educational experiences to provide them an onramp to where they need to be for academic success.

In addition, Carrie has been an active participant in the Southern Tier ENL Collective and recently accepted a leadership position for NYSTESOLs Binghamton/Syracuse Region. Carrie has been grateful for NYSTESOL because it has helped her readily connect to other ELL professionals all across New York State. New York is truly a unique place to teach with all the varied ELL contexts and demographics. This organization helps bring all of us together to collaborate, support and learn from each other.



Celebrating Our Past Members of the Month 

April 2020
Jamie Scripps
Buff/Roch Region
March 2020
Fatma Ghailan
New York City Region
February 2020
Ana Anglada
New York City Region
January 2020
Brigitte Pittarelli
Rochester/Syracuse Region
December 2019
Elke Stappert
New York City Region
November 2019
Dr. Ann Wintergerst
New York City Region
October 2019
Tanya Rosado-Barringer
Rochester/Syracuse  Region
September 2019
Charles Lauth
Rochester/Syracuse  Region
August 2019
Kimberly Wilder
Long Island Region
July 2019
Abby Porter Mack
NYC Region
June 2019
Dr. Joshua Pangborn
NYC Region
May 2019
Özge Yol 
Rochester/Syracuse Region
April 2019
Suzanne 
Kaplan-Fonseca NYC Region
March 2019
Maria Hartmann
Long Island Region
February 2019
Carmen Diaz
Capital Region
January 2019
Yvonne Pratt-Johnson
NYC Region
December 2018
Tilla Alexander
NYC Region
November 2018
George Morris
NYC Region
October 2018
Karoline Kaon
NYC Region
September 2018
Susanne Marcus
Long Island Region
August 2018
Faith Tripp
Long Island Region
July 2018
Kara Muldoon
Rochester/Syracuse Region
June 2018
Tristan Thorne
NYC Region
May 2018
Iraida A. Bodre
NYC Region
April 2018
Dr. Lucia Buttaro
NYC Region
March 2018
Meredith Van Schuyler
Long Island Region
February 2018
Dr. Seonhee Cho
NYC Region
January 2018
Ali Safivand
Rochester/Syracuse Region
December 2017
Derek Baylor
NYC Region
November 2017
Deborah O'Brien-Smith
Long Island Region
October 2017
Aiko Pletch
Hudson Valley Region
September 2017
O'Mayra C. Cruz, Ed.D
NYC Region
August 2017
(Cho Hang) Jessica Lei
NYC Region
July 2017
Timea Kernacova Braun
NYC Region
June 2017
Kimberly Kim
NYC Region
May 2017
Wen (Elyssa) Sun
NYC Region
April 2017
Shannon Spollen
Long Island Region
March 2017
Kathleen McCann Klaiber
Rochester/Syracuse Region
February 2017
Lisa Rost Lewis
Hudson Valley Region
January 2017
Anna Ciriana Dean
NYC Region
December 2016
Ebru Altay Damkaci
Rochester/Syracuse Region
November 2016
Denise Gonez Santos
Buffalo Region
October 2016
Camille Embus Perez
NYC Region
September 2016
Michelle Maturen
NYC Region
August 2016
Elena Dokshansky
Buffalo Region
July 2016
Pam Knittel
Hudson Valley Region
June 2016
Catherine Box
NYC Region
May 2016
John Balbi
NYC Region
April 2016
Linda Pelc
NYC Region
March 2016
Christina Dawson
Buffalo Region
February 2016
Courtney Turcer
Rochester/Syracuse Region
January 2016
Gretchen Oliver
Capital Region
December 2015
Jessica Marchi
Hudson Valley Region
November 2015
Michael Witt
NYC Region
November 2015
Joye Dawkins
NYC Region
October 2015
Matty Espino
NYC Region
September 2015
Daniel Heckmyer
Buffalo Region
Summer 2015
Lissa Varas
Long Island Region
May 2015
Marjorie Stanton
Rochester/Syracuse Region
April 2015
Scott Freiberger
NYC Region
March 2015
Alison Stritzi
Long Island Region
February 2015
Katya Kats
Capital Region
January 2015
Christine Pearsall
Long Island Region