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TESOL and National Geographic Learning Announce 2015 TESOL Teacher of the Year

by User Not Found | 01/28/2015
TESOL International Association and National Geographic Learning are pleased to announce that Sherry Blok of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, will receive the 2015 TESOL Teacher of the Year Award. The award honors exceptional English language teachers at all levels. Blok will be recognized at the opening session of the 2015 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Alexandria, VA – TESOL International Association and National Geographic Learning are pleased to announce that Sherry Blok of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, will receive the 2015 TESOL Teacher of the Year Award. The award honors exceptional English language teachers at all levels. Blok will be recognized at the opening session of the 2015 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Blok is a university lecturer working with adult ESL learners at Concordia University in Montreal. When asked about what motivates her to teach, Blok noted that it was her experience as a child of immigrants, as a language learner, and her first job working for a Canadian tourism bureau that fueled her interest in bridging cultural and language divides through education. These early experiences pushed her to get her master’s degree in second language education at McGill University, which launched her 18-year career at Concordia University. “I’ve always been driven by my desire to learn languages and my interest in multiculturalism,” she said.

The recipient of the TESOL Teacher of the Year Award receives a one-year membership in TESOL International Association; a selection of TESOL publications valued at US$250; complimentary registration, travel, and accommodations for the 2015 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, and a cash award of US$1000. The award recipient will also deliver a presentation at the TESOL International Convention.

National Geographic Learning will present the award to Blok at the TESOL international convention, where she will deliver a presentation titled “Global Citizenship: Transformative Practices in ELT Excellence.” Her presentation will discuss the ways that global citizenship education is applicable in the ESL classroom.
For more on Sherry Blok, check out the Teacher of Year feature in the January issue of TESOL Connections.
 
About TESOL International Association 
Founded in 1966, TESOL International Association is a professional community of educators, researchers, administrators, and students committed to advancing excellence in English language teaching for speakers of other languages worldwide. With more than 13,000 members representing over 150 countries, TESOL fosters the exchange of ideas, research, and peer-to-peer knowledge, and provides expertise, resources, and a powerful voice on issues affecting the profession. Through professional development programs, its international conference, special interest groups, and publications, TESOL engages tens of thousands of professionals to collaborate globally and create a world of opportunity for millions of people of all ages who want to learn English. For more information, please visit www.tesol.org.

About Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, software, and services company, empowering educators and driving learner engagement through personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. National Geographic Learning, part of Cengage Learning, is a provider of quality core and supplemental educational materials for the PreK–12, higher education and adult education markets. Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning also distribute a variety of content from the National Geographic Society, including images, maps, videos and articles, to the academic and library markets worldwide. For more information, visit www.cengage.com.
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Contact
: John Segota, 
jsegota@tesol.org

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