Martine M. Tawaji, East Woods School in Oyster Bay, Named Dowling College/News 12 Educator of the Month
Martine M. Tawaji, a French teacher for grades five through nine at the East Woods School in Oyster Bay, NY, has been named a 2005/2006 Dowling College/News 12 Long Island Educator of the Month. Nominations were accepted from schools throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, and a committee of distinguished educators selected the winners.
Ms. Tawaji, who has been an educator in the East Woods School for four years, was commended for her extraordinary leadership skills. "Martine's teaching and leadership epitomizes all of the qualities of an excellent teacher. She prepares her daily lessons thoroughly, inspires her students to challenge themselves, and is constantly reaching out to students who find French difficult by giving them positive encouragement and active support through extra help lessons," noted Nathaniel W. Peirce, Ed.D., Headmaster of the East Woods School. As a result, her students have been winners at the Grand Concours for the last four years, the New York French Embassy Contest for the last five years, and winners in the poetry contest in 2002 and 2005.
"Ms. Tawaji's community service efforts have been tremendous and far reaching, helping her students understand the need to reach out to those in need within surrounding towns and across the globe," commented Dr. Clyde Payne, Dean of Dowling's School of Education upon presenting the award. "As she teaches a new language and culture to her students, she has been exceptional to also provide valuable real life lessons in understanding and compassion."
Outside of the classroom, Ms. Tawaji leads with compassion as Director of Community Service for the East Woods School. In this position, she leads numerous service projects, including a student tutoring program at the Huntington Family Center, involvement in the Parent-Child Home Program of Oyster Bay, Walkathon for ALS Chapter of Long Island, and fundraising for relief projects and a program that enables orphaned children in South Africa to attend school. Ms. Tawaji received the 2004 Donna Meyer Fellowship, which afforded her the opportunity to travel to South Africa where she met children who received support from the school-to-school project. To date, they have made it possible for over 550 children to attend school, which is attributed to Ms. Tawaji's commitment and leadership. The East Woods School is the only school in the nation to support the organization called African Solutions to African Problems.
In 2005, Ms. Tawaji received the 2005 President's Community Service Award for her excellence and inspiration.
Ms. Tawaji is a Student Council Advisor and coach of varsity soccer and junior varsity softball in the East Woods School, and also instructs adults in three levels of French in the Cold Spring Harbor High School SCOPE program. Prior to joining the East Woods School, Ms. Tawaji taught third through sixth grades in Lloyd Harbor Elementary School.
Ms. Tawaji attended the Universite de Paris Law School France and the Universite de Paris Sorbonne.
A special feature announcing Ms. Tawaji's award will air beginning in late November on News 12. In June the award winners and their guests will be honored at a special dinner.
About Dowling College
Dowling College is an independent, coeducational college that serves more than 6,500 students at
its historic Rudolph Campus on the banks of the Connetquot River in Oakdale, NY, and the 105-acre
Brookhaven Campus in eastern Long Island and a business center located near the Nassau-Suffolk
border in Melville. Dowling offers Bachelor′s, Master′s, and Doctoral degrees in several
disciplines through its four schools: Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Education.