New York Times Names CCNY Instructor Tamara Kirson
ESOL Teacher Of The Year
NEW YORK, April 6, 2009 – Tamara Kirson, the lead instructor and staff developer in The City College of New York's (CCNY) Adult Literacy Program, is The New York Times 2009 ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Kirson was recognized at a ceremony at the newspaper's headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, where she received a commemorative plaque and a $2,500 gift.The ESOL award program recognizes instructors who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty to help students learn English and develop the skills to create successful new lives in the
The committee cited Ms. Kirson for her creativity in integrating civic activities when teaching English, the extraordinary success of her students and her collaborative efforts to improve the
An ESOL teacher for 16 years, including ten at CCNY, Ms. Kirson, a
Ms. Kirson was inspired to become an ESOL teacher after serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in
In her ten years at CCNY she's been instrumental in developing the Adult Literacy Program which serves, on average, 1,000 students annually. Ms. Kirson has championed a thematic and project-based teaching approach that includes students designing and writing a health literacy website, creating theatrical performances and talk shows.Many of her students have gone on to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees at CUNY campuses and other colleges.
Ms. Kirson has been published in "English Teacher Forum," "Literacy Update" and "Essential Teacher."Last year, she was recognized as an "Outstanding Practitioner" by the Literacy Assistance Center of New York.
A holder of graduate degrees from University of