New York Times ESOL Teacher of the Year
Tamara Kirson, 2009
A world traveler helping her adult students rise to the challenge
Tamara Kirson discovered her love for languages and cultures during the 1970's as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bucaramanga, Colombia. It led to an ESOL teaching career that included stops in Houston, Paris, and now over 10 years in NYC. Tamara's students have developed a health literacy website as well as student theater performances and writing displays. She played an important role in developing the Adult Literacy Program at City College and was named "Outstanding ESOL Practitioner" in 2008 by the Literacy Assistance Center of New York. For Tamara's exceptional work and dedication, The Times named her 2009 ESOL Teacher of the Year.
The New York Times has long recognized the challenges faced by immigrants to the United States, and supports efforts to help immigrants build new lives in this country. Essential to the success of any immigrant is the ability to speak and write English. For that reason, The Times created the annual ESOL Teacher of the Year Award, for one outstanding teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in New York City.
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