Vol. 11, Issue 4, May 2011


New York Times ESOL Teacher of the Year Award
Paula Da Silva-Michelin received the 2011 New York Time’s teacher of the year award. She is a teacher at the Center for Immigrant Education and Training (CIET) at LaGuardia Community College in New York City. Read more >>


NYS TESOL Goes to New Orleans for TESOL Conference 2011

J. Beard, S. Peterson, C. Dziombak,
J. Tillman, NYS TESOL Reception
P. Juza, C. Dziombak working the
affiliate booth in New Orleans

NYS TESOL held its affiliate reception, organized by past president Joanne Beard, to meet with colleagues from around the world. At the conference center the affiliate booth
attracted visitors who were interested in what NYS TESOL had to offer its members.

On May 9th, on the occasion of the NCELA New York Conversation on English Language Learner Education, Dr. Constance Dziombak, Past President/TESOL Liaison met with Dr. Rosalinda Barrera, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D. C. to discuss the education of English Language Learners in New York State.

From: Dr. Constance Dziombak


Spotlight Needs You!
Spotlight regularly features educators and students whose contributions and successes promote and improve the field of TESOL. Please read on to find out how you can recognize individuals who are making a difference.

Call for Awards
Every year NYS TESOL honors outstanding professionals at our annual conference in the fall. This is only possible through your thoughtful nominations. Please take a minute to visit our webpage- http://www.nystesol.org/award.html to learn more about our awards and criteria for submission. Honorees will receive complimentary conference registration and hotel stay along with dinner/lunch at our awards gala.

From: Meredith Van Schuyler
NYS TESOL Awards Chair

Essay Contest
We are pleased to announce NYS TESOL's 2011 student essay contest. The winners of the student essay contest will have their essays published in the conference journal and will also receive a gift certificate. Please view the attached flyer which contains additional information regarding the contest and submission of essays.

The theme of this year's student essay contest is "How has your community helped you learn English?"

The deadline for student essay submission is May 31, 2011.

Laura Van Tassell, SIG Coordinator
Jennifer Scully, Assistant SIG Coordinator