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Kimberly AgarKimberly Agar

Honeoye Falls-Lima School District

Kimberly Agar earned her BS in Biology in Secondary Education from SUNY Plattsburgh, and her MS in Special Education from Nazareth College. Starting her teaching career in Baltimore, Maryland and then moving to Honeoye Falls – Lima High School, she has been in the classroom for 20 years. Currently, Mrs. Agar teaches Regents Biology, Environmental Studies and a self-contained Regents Biology course designed to help reluctant learners soar! A primary classroom goal is to make all learners feel comfortable and confident to take risks and stretch themselves to their utmost potential. In school, Mrs. Agar serves on various committees, as class advisor, a new teacher mentor, and PTA Liaison. Outside of school, Mrs. Agar volunteers with Girl and Boy Scouts in a variety of capacities. During her free time, she can most often be found kayaking or exploring NYS amazing parks with her family. It is this love of outdoors that ultimately led Mrs. Agar to a career in Biology and to helping students find the miracles in our living world. As a new NYS Master Teacher, she is looking forward to broadening her knowledge base and helping new and pre-service teachers prepare for the greatest career on earth.

Maureen AgugliaMaureen Aguglia

Fairport School District

Maureen Aguglia earned her BA in mathematics from Nazareth College, and MS in Elementary Education Advanced Teaching from SUNY Geneseo. Prior to teaching, Mrs Aguglia worked in the restaurant industry managing multimillion dollar facilities.  In the classroom 17 years and with experience teaching third grade through high school, she teaches 7th and 8th grade Math at Martha Brown Middle School in Fairport. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Aguglia is her local union building representative, a long tenured member of the Scholarship Committee, co-chairperson of an annual fundraiser for the local Golisano Children’s Hospital, and retired volleyball coach. Mrs. Aguglia is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS and the Association of Mathematics Teachers of the Rochester Area, and has presented at annual conferences as well as in her district, notably a Common Core Math night for parents. Her favorite mathematician is Gauss and she agrees with his statement: “The enchanting charms of this sublime science reveal only to those who have the courage to go deeply into it.” As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Aguglia is looking forward to meeting and working with her colleagues who share her love and enthusiasm for mathematics.

Joseph AhlJoseph Ahl

Fairport School District

Joseph Ahl earned his BA in Mathematics from SUNY Geneseo, MS in Math Education from SUNY Brockport, and is He is currently in the process to achieve National Board Certification. Mr. Ahl has been at Fairport High School for the past nine years, and is currently teaching Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus Honors and Algebra 2 Trigonometry. Outside the classroom, Mr. Ahl enjoys chaperoning school events, including the senior trip to Boston, has served as a Class Advisor, and is currently an Advisor to Fairport High School Student Council. In addition to advising, Mr. Ahl has taken his teaching skills to the gym this year as a coach for Fairport Boys Modified Volleyball. Married to another math teacher on Pi Day (March 14), math is truly his passion. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Ahl is looking forward to taking mini-courses and collaborating with colleagues to enhance his knowledge of STEM content, pedagogy, and of students’ families and communities.

Brad AllenBrad Allen

Brighton Central School District

Brad Allen earned his BS in Optics, BA in Mathematics, and MS in Teaching and Curriculum from the University of Rochester, and Master of Philosophy in Physics from the University of Cambridge (U.K.) as a Churchill Scholar. He is currently teaching Advanced Placement (AP) Physics in his eleventh year at Brighton High School, and eighteenth year of teaching overall. Mr. Allen is the Head Coach of the Brighton Science Olympiad Team and the advisor for the Science Research Club. He is involved in the AP program at the national level, serving as a Reader, Table Leader, and Item Writer for the AP Physics exams. His publications include the cover article for the February 2015 issue of “The Physics Teacher,” and contributions to one of the leading AP Physics review books. He was awarded the 2010 William Ryan Inspirational Teacher Award by the University of Rochester. Mr. Allen enjoys bringing physics to students of all levels through active learning and strongly supports the notion that all students can learn (and love) physics. As a NYS Master Teacher, he looks forward to working with both current experts in STEM education and pre-service teachers.

Peter AppsPeter Apps

York School District

Peter Apps earned his BS in Chemistry, certification in Physics and MSEd in Adolescent Chemistry Education from SUNY Brockport, and is pursuing certification as a Google Trainer. In the classroom for ten years, Mr. Apps currently teaches Advanced Placement and Regents Physics, and 8th Grade General Science at York Central School. He also is an adjunct professor at Genesee Community College’s Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) program, teaching Introduction to Forensics. In addition to his classroom teaching, Mr. Apps coordinates the York School District’s “1:1 Chromebook Program,” and serves as an in-house technology trainer. Outside of school, Mr. Apps enjoys being outdoors hiking, canoeing and engaging in amateur astronomy activities with his wife and three children.  As a new NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Apps looks forward to collaborating with peer Master Teachers to develop new and innovative ways to teach in a 1:1 environment, as well as serving as a resource to novice teachers.

Maeghan ArchambaultMaeghan Archambault

Rush-Henrietta School District

Maeghan Archambault earned her BS in Environmental Science and MS in Education from the University of Rochester. In the classroom for five years, she teaches Regents Earth Science, Regents Biology at Rush Henrietta Alternative High School, where she started her career. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, Ms. Archambault is a member of her school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports and Technology teams. When she is not in the school, Ms. Archambault loves to travel and explore new places. She has been to 15 countries and four continents, hoping to hit all seven continents someday. Whether home or abroad, she enjoys taking pictures of geologic phenomenon to share with her students. She collects rock, mineral, and fossil samples and carts them back to her classroom (which has made for awkward conversations at customs). Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Archambault is looking forward to joining the Alternative Education Professional Learning Team. With all the different courses she teaches, she is also looking forward to the opportunity to enrich her content knowledge across a broad range of subject areas. She is excited to be part of the Master Teacher Program, a statewide network of teachers that love science and are committed to lifelong learning.

John Noble Armstrong

Webster School District

John Armstrong earned his AS in Mechanical Engineering from Adirondack Community College, and BS in Education from SUNY College at Oswego.  In the classroom for 18 years, Mr. Armstrong teaches Introduction to Technology at Spry Middle School.

Sarah AtseffSarah Atseff

Rush-Henrietta School District

Sarah Atseff earned her BS in Biology Adolescent Education and MSEd in Students with Disabilities from Nazareth College. She has been a Special Education Science teacher at Rush-Henrietta Alternative High School for ten years, and co-teaches a variety of courses including Earth Science and Biology Regents. Ms. Atseff has served on her Building Technology Team, School Reconfiguration Team, and works closely with administrators and service professionals to ensure students with special education needs are supported. Outside of school, she participates in FrogWatch USA and eBird, two online programs to track frog and bird populations in local regions, and explores ways to incorporate geospatial technology into the classroom. She is a member of the Parent Advisory Group at her son’s school, and spends a lot of time watching her children play hockey and managing her older son’s team. In her spare time, her family enjoys their saltwater reef aquarium, and spending summers at their cottage in Chaumont Bay. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she is a member of the Biology and Make-and-Take Professional Learning Teams, and has participated in workshops focusing on sports-related concussions, NASA design challenges used to incorporate engineering into all curricula, and innovations in next-generation energy and mobility systems.

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Becky BerardinoRebecca Berardino

Pittsford School District

Becky Berardino earned a BS in Finance from Boston College, and her Masters in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. Mrs. Berardino worked in commercial debt restructuring on Wall Street before surrendering to a lifelong desire to become a teacher. In the classroom for 14 years, she teaches Honors Algebra and Geometry, and Academic Intervention Services (AIS), and Honors Math 6-8 at Barker Road Middle School (BRMS). Mrs. Berardino enjoys finding creative and practical applications of mathematics to engage students and to help them pursue the answer to “why?” She is a member of Pittsford’s Mathematics Steering Committee and the BRMS Technology Committee. She has led professional development workshops on Flipped Learning, and is always looking for innovative ways to deliver instruction. Mrs. Berardino is the advisor for BRMS Academic Challenge Bowl. She enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family. During her first semester with the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Berardino has participated in workshops focusing on the following topics: alternative energy systems, sports-related concussions, and teaching your peers. She also participated in the Biology of Cancer mini-course and “STEM in Letchworth State Park” visit with the on-site nature center. She is especially excited to broaden her knowledge of all STEM fields and collaborate with other teachers.

Michael Bonadonna

Brighton Central School District

Mike Bonadonna earned his BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from SUNY Fredonia, Master of Applied Science from Johns Hopkins, MSEd from the University of Rochester, and National Board Certification in Adolescent and Young Adulthood Science. While working in organ transplantation at Johns Hopkins and University of Rochester Medical Center, he found his true passion: teaching. Mr. Bonadonna has taught for 18 years, the past 12 at Brighton where he is teaching Honors and Advanced Placement Biology. He is a volunteer firefighter and an EMT, and uses these experiences to bring practical application and excitement into the classroom. He is the Advisor of several clubs focusing on student relationships including Natural Helpers, Co-Advisor of the Link New Student Transition program, Assistant Director of the Mountain Bound Club and the Outdoor Club which allows students to explore the outdoor classroom, including a ten-day SCUBA trip. Mr. Bonadonna uses these clubs to develop students’ leadership and STEM skills. He spends time with his family on the beach, under the water, and camping. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, he is a member of the Regents Chemistry, Regents Living Environment and Make-and-Take Professional Learning Teams, and has participated in the Biology of Cancer mini-course.

Joseph BonannoJoseph Bonanno

Red Creek School District

Joseph Bonanno earned his BS in Biology with a minor in Secondary Education from SUNY at Albany and his MSEd with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Oswego. Mr. Bonanno has been teaching at Red Creek Central for 16 years and currently teaches Advanced Placement Biology and Regents Physics, and Living Environment to ninth grade students and students in the advanced Middle School program. He is Advisor for the Class of 2020 and Science Honor Society, coach of the Science Olympiad and the Envirothon, and Lead Teacher for Science grades 6-12. He spent the last 15 years as the Head Coach of the Girls Varsity Track and Field team. Outside of Red Creek, Mr. Bonanno is a member of Science Teachers Association of NYS and the Subject Area Rep (SAR) in Biology for the Central Region. He is also a parent volunteer in Boy Scout Pack 50 out of Cato, NY. In his free time, he is an avid trail and road runner. During his first semester with the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Bonanno has participated in a number of workshops including Beekeeping, Teaching and Leading your Peers, the Biology of Cancer mini-course, and the “STEM in Letchworth State Park” visit with the on-site nature center.

Anneliese BoppAnneliese Bopp

Sodus School District

Anneliese Bopp earned her BA in Social Work from the University of West Florida, MA in Speech Language Pathology from Nazareth College and is dual certified as an Elementary Education Teacher.  In the classroom years, 23 years, Mrs. Bopp teaches 6th Grade General Science and 6th Grade English Language Arts at Sodus Middle School.  She was chosen to participate in Centers for Ocean Sciences and Education Excellence’s Shipboard and Shoreline Workshop on Lake Ontario.  Afterwards, she applied her newfound knowledge to her 6th grade students, beginning a program to test soil and water at various sites around Sodus Point.  Later, she presented at the Science Teachers Association of NYS about the program’s overall success.  When not at the yacht club, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three rescued Australian Shepherds. As a NYS Master Teacher, she has participated in the mini-course on 3-D Printing and is very excited about discovering ways to use the technology to inspire her students.

Marcy Boyd

York School District

Marcy Boyd earned her BS in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Geneseo State University, MA in Mathematics from Brockport State, and certification in Animal Science. Prior to teaching in public schools, Mrs. Boyd worked as a programmer in finance, taught Computer Science at Rochester Institute of Technology, and was an entrepreneur in health, breeding, and training of American Kennel Club working dogs. In the classroom for 21 years, Mrs. Boyd teaches Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, and Statistics and Computer Science for high school, college, and Advanced Placement credit at York Central High School. Mrs. Boyd serves as Math Department Coordinator and member of the Data Analysis and Audit Committees, and coach of the Junior Varsity and Youth soccer and Odyssey of the Mind. Mrs. Boyd is active in church media, women’s and educational missions groups, with 4-H, animal rescue, and instructs self-defense classes. Mrs. Boyd is a published speaker, from regional to national levels, on topics such as “Bridging the Math Gap”, “Parenting the STEM Generation”, and “Transforming Math: From phobia to fantastic”. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Boyd has participated in the “Teaching and Leading Your Peers,” “History of Calculus,” and Beekeeping workshops, and the Mathematical Ideas for Curve Stitching and String mini-course.

Marilee BuffumMarilee Buffum

Fairport School District

Marilee Buffum earned her BS in biology and math from SUNY Empire State College, her MSEd in biology and math from St. John Fisher College, and is an alumnus of the Cornell University Institute for Biology Teachers. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Buffum worked in the neonatal intensive care unit at Strong Memorial Hospital for ten years.  In the classroom for nine years, she teaches Honors and Core Regents Level Biology at Fairport High School.  Inspired by her own 10th grade biology teacher, Mrs. Buffum believes in building strong bonds with students, and served as class and club advisor, and is leading a study trip to Costa Rica this spring.   In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Buffum has been a member of Fairport’s Professional Learning Committee, the Teacher’s Advisory Council, and the Gifted and Talented Curriculum Council to name a few!  She is also an active member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS and has mentored new teachers at her school. Outside of the school day, Mrs. Buffum enjoys spending time with her seven children and husband. Mrs. Buffum is excited to continue her teaching journey with the NYS Master Teacher Program, and is looking forward to broadening and deepening her content and pedagogical knowledge, and sharing successful practices with colleagues.

Mary BunnMary Bunn

Rochester School District

Mary Bunn earned her BS in Natural Science from SUNY Geneseo, MS in Elementary Education from SUNY Brockport, and is currently working on her bilingual extension from Nazareth College. Over the past 13 years, Miss Bunn has taught elementary, middle, and high school, and currently teaches 8th grade and Living Environment at Nathaniel Rochester Community School (No. 3) in the Rochester City School District. She has served as a Team Leader, Class Advisor, and member of the Ski Club, and has received awards for “Going Above and Beyond” in her school. Within the district, Miss Bunn has written curriculum and offered professional development on various topics including assessment design, aligning lessons to NYS standards, the 4th grade NYS Elementary Science Exam, and the 8th grade NYS Intermediate Level Science Exam. Miss Bunn’s favorite thing to do right now is spend time with her family and her newborn, Russell, who has just learned to crawl and is keeping her very busy. As a NYS Master Teacher, Miss Bunn is looking forward to attending the upcoming mini-course on STEM cells, and participating in a Biology Professional Learning Team.

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Kathleen Cefalo

Geneseo School District

Kathleen Cefalo earned her BA in mathematics, certification in Secondary Education and MS in Mathematics Education from SUNY Geneseo.  All 13 years of teaching experience have been at Geneseo Central High School where she has taught Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Consumer Math, Computer Programming and Leadership in Action.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Cefalo has served as Senior Class Advisor, Mentor on the school’s Mentor-Intern Program, and Student Council Advisor for 12 years, during which time she chaperoned students to various district, state and national leadership conferences. In her spare time, Mrs. Cefalo participates in different area running races including half marathons, marathons, and triathlons.  She is also very passionate about traveling.  As Leonardo da Vinci once stated, “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.”  From Italy to Hawaii, Mrs. Cefalo has explored many locations and hopes to continue learning and experiencing cultures from across the world.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Cefalo looks forwarding to deepening her content and pedagogical knowledge, and has been most excited by her two first mini-courses, 3D Printing and Evolution and Health.

Jeffery CheramieJeffery Cheramie

Palmyra-Macedon School District

Jeffery Cheramie earned his BS in Biological Sciences from Louisiana Tech University, Advanced Certificate in Forensic Anthropology from Mercyhurst College, his Secondary Science Certification from Roberts Wesleyan College, and his Administrative Certification from the Warner School of Education. Mr. Cheramie has been a science educator for the past 14 years at Palmyra Macedon High School, and has taught a number of different courses ranging from Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Level science courses to locally designed electives. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Cheramie is the head chaperone for the Boys Soccer Games, a Science Olympiad Coach, and is planning his first student ecological outing to Costa Rica during the summer of 2016. In his free time, Mr. Cheramie is an avid woodworker. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Cheramie looks forward to collaborating with other Master Teachers to augment both his content and pedagogical knowledge as well as serve as a resource to novice STEM teachers.

Paul Conrow Paul Conrow

Rochester School District

Paul Conrow earned his BS in Chemistry and his education credentials at SUNY Geneseo and his MS in Chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a 15-year veteran teacher at his alma mater, East High School in the Rochester City School District. He is particularly excited that his children attend East High. Mr. Conrow began his career as a Physics and Chemistry teacher, and now teaches Precision Optics, a sequence of courses unique to East High School. It is supported by a significant NYS Education Department STEM grant that equips the school with a million-dollar facility to train students in the manufacture, testing, and design of industrial optical systems. The Precision Optics program, which includes an after-school club and summer experience, gives students workplace skills and knowledge that prepares them to successfully pursue degrees and careers in optics. Mr. Conrow is a passionate city resident who cherishes the dynamic and vibrant culture of his neighborhood and school. During his first semester with the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Conrow participated in several workshops including “Innovations in Next Generation Energy and Mobility Systems,” “Teaching and Leading Your Peers,” and “Teaching about Controversial Issues,” and the “Photoresists: from Microelectronic Devices to Tissue Engineering” mini-course.

Amber CorbinAmber Corbin

Livonia School District

Amber Corbin earned her BS in Medical Technology from SUNY Fredonia, certifications from the American Society of Clinical Pathologist and National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel, and MSEd from SUNY Geneseo. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Corbin worked at a teaching hospital in the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory with senior college students. She performed and analyzed the results of complex scientific tests, collaborating with physicians and laboratory directors on patient data. Mrs. Corbin has been in the classroom for over 20 years, and currently teaches Regents and Honors Living Environment. Mrs. Corbin is the PreK-12 Science Curriculum Coordinator for her district, assisting with the implementation of the NYS Science Learning Standards, and the Adviser to the High School Science Olympiad Team and National Honor Society. Mrs. Corbin is a member of Science Teacher Association of NYS and was part of the Bio-Chem Professional Development Mentor Network. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Corbin is a member of the Biology Professional Learning Team, and participated in the “Make-and-Take,” “Integrating Engineering in Any Classroom with NASA Design Challenges,” Waste to Energy,” and “Teaching and Leading Your Peers” workshops, and the “Biology of Cancer” mini-course.

Andrea CostanzaAndrea Costanza

Fairport School District

Andrea Costanza earned her BS in Speech Languae Disorders from SUNY Geneseo and MS in Geosciences from Mississippi State University. She teaches 9th grade Earth Science at Minerva DeLand in Fairport.  During her ten years of teaching, she has been a strong advocate for student success, and her teaching practice includes providing extensive enrichment and support opportunities outside the classroom that encourage students to be proactive self advocates. Her professional interests focus on meteorology and storm chasing, and the implementation a flipped classroom model. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Costanza serves as teacher representative for the Parent Teacher Student Association, and enjoys developing and chaperoning school trips.  In the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Costanza co-presented a workshop on the five most misunderstood topics in each STEM discipline as reported by her colleagues, and is a member of the Professional Learning Team exploring ways to support new teachers.

Michael CronmillerMichael Cronmiller

Livonia School District

Michael Cronmiller earned his BS in physics at Ithaca College and Masters of Arts in Teaching from SUNY Cortland with a concentration in Physics.  In the classroom 23 years, Mr. Cronmiller teaches 7th Grade Life Science, 8th Grade Physical Science, Advance Placement Physics, Regents Earth Science, Regents Physics, and Principles of Engineering at Livonia Central School.  In addition, he served as the Science Department Chair for six years, and currently teaches RobotC programming through Rochester Institute of Technology’s “Project Lead the Way” Program.  Mr. Cronmiller coached the Science Olympiad team for 15 years and numerous athletic teams.  Today, he coaches the Robotics Team and the Varsity Golf Team.  In the summer, Mr. Cronmiller spends his time as a Core Training Instructor for “Project Lead the Way.”  Mr. Cronmiller finds teaching inspiration in the words of STEM innovator Albert Einstein, who recognized that failing is an inevitable part of innovation. Einstein is quoted as having said, “A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.”

Stephen CudziloStephen Cudzilo

Hilton School District

Stephen Cudzilo earned his BS in Earth Science and MSEd from SUNY Brockport.  Mr. Cudzilo has been the classroom for 17 years, for 15 at Merton Williams Middle School in Hilton teaching Accelerated Earth Science to 8th graders. In 2011, Mr. Cudzilo earned his National Board Certification, and in 2013, was honored as the Hilton Schools Teacher of the Year.  At school, Mr. Cudzilo has served for many years as Co-Advisor of the Science Olympiad Team, and the National Junior Honor Society, and as Science Department Liaison.  Mr. Cudzilo is described as a person who strives to want to know everything about everything.  In the classroom, Mr. Cudzilo endeavors to awaken the same curiosity in his students, encouraging them to be critical thinkers and to question everything about the world around them.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Cudzilo is very excited to participate in the numerous science professional development opportunities as well as to collaborate with and learn from other Master Teachers.  Outside of school, Mr. Cudzilo enjoys spending time with his family and working outside, taking care of his family’s two horses.

Kathleen CurtisKathleen Curtis

Pittsford School District

Kathleen Curtis earned her BA in Mathematical Sciences and BA in psychology from Binghamton University, and Master of Science for Teachers from SUNY Potsdam.  During graduate school, she worked in rural, suburban, and urban schools in Jefferson and Monroe counties.  In the classroom 19 years, Ms. Curtis teaches Pre-Calculus and Algebra I at Pittsford Sutherland High School.  She has worked on various state committees including the NYS United Teachers Subject Area Committee for Mathematics and more recently, the NYS Education Department Content Area Panel.  Her continued interest in mathematics education includes interdisciplinary content and applications for mathematics.  As a NYS Master Teacher, she is looking forward to collaborating with colleagues in the Finger Lakes region to elevate secondary schools mathematical instruction.  When Ms. Curtis is not working through math problems and lesson planning, she is with her active family, her husband and two young sons.  She also enjoys skiing, skating, biking, golfing, playing soccer, or any other available sport.

Denea CzaplaDenea Czapla

Sweet Home Central School District

Denea Czapla earned her B.A. in mathematics from SUNY Geneseo, and M.S.Ed. in Mathematics Education from Buffalo State College. Ms. Czapla is currently employed at Sweet Home Middle School as a teacher of 8th grade math and algebra. Previous to this, she taught at Oakfield-Alabama Middle/High School for eight years. Her primary focus is teaching math in ways that encourage active student engagement and deep conceptual understanding. Her personal philosophy of learning is inspired by a quote by Albert Einstein, “The important thing is to never stop questioning.” In addition to teaching math in her district, Ms. Czapla is a part of her school's character education faculty committee. She is a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and enjoys attending and presenting at professional development conferences around the state. Miss Czapla is excited to be a part of the NYS Master Teacher Program for the wealth of professional development opportunities and the ability to share best practices with other middle school math teachers. She is looking forward to participating in workshops that investigate the vertical development of mathematical concepts and those that explore mathematical pedagogy. Miss Czapla is also excited about the opportunities to work with pre-service and new in-service teachers.

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Daniel DalmatDaniel Dalmat

Honeoye School District

Dan Dalmat earned his AS from Tomkins Cortland Community College, BS in Earth Science from SUNY Fredonia, and MA in Climate and Society from Columbia University.  He continued his education at Buffalo State College studying Physics and holds NYS Professional Certifications in Physics, Earth Science and General Physical Sciences.  In the classroom ten years, Mr. Dalmat teaches Regents Earth Science, Regents Physics and Gemini Physics at Honeoye Central School.  When not in the classroom, he enjoys coaching Odyssey of the Mind and leading the Honeoye Quidditch Club.  Outside of school Mr. Dalmat likes skiing, biking, and hiking the many Finger Lakes gorges.  During his summer, he works with Rochester City School District students through the Rochester Young Scholars Academy at SUNY Geneseo.  As a Master Teacher, Mr. Dalmat is looking forward to the opportunities he will have to further hone his teaching skills by working with the fellow Master Teachers in Professional Learning Teams.

Chris DavidsonChristopher Davidson

Geneseo School District

Chris Davidson earned his BS in Geology from the University at Buffalo and MS in secondary Earth Science Education from the University of Rochester. Mr. Davidson worked as a field geologist for seven years before teaching Regents Earth Science at Geneseo High School.  In the classroom for seven years, his professional interests focus on engaging students by using local issues and problems that are related to earth science, such as discussions around hydrofracing, salt mine desalinization, Seneca Lake water quality and local fossil identification.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Davidson is a member of the National Earth Science Teachers Association and National Science Teachers Association. In his first year with the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Davidson has participated in a number of workshops including The Big Bang, Bayesian Statistics, Chemistry of Nutrition and Global Climate Change as well as the Safety of Genetically Engineered Food mini-course.  What he loves about teaching Earth Science are the connections between the topics he teaches in class and the local community. These connections help students value the course content and engage more in discussion.

Nicole DenissoffNicole Denissoff

West Irondequoit School District

Nicole Denissoff earned her BS in Biology from SUNY Brockport and her MSEd in Adolescent Literacy and Technology from Walden University. Mrs. Denissoff started her career in Elmira, teaching several science electives, coaching Track and Field, and participating on the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Team. She then taught grades 9-12 Honors Biology, Forensic Science, Consumer Chemistry, and Living Environment in Ithaca, where she received the New Teacher of the Year award in 2013 for exemplifying enthusiasm and creativity in the classroom. Mrs. Denissoff is a Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers alumna. She is currently teaching eighth grade science and Living Environment at Dake Junior High School, where she is a member of the School Based Planning Team. Mrs. Denissoff has experience as a special education case manager and has participated in various co-teaching models. Her dual background drives her passion for designing relevant, rigorous science instruction that promotes mastery learning for all students. Outside the classroom, Mrs. Denissoff enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and exploring nature. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she is a member of the Regents Biology Professional Learning Team, and has participated in workshops on “Waste to Energy,” and “Teaching Controversial Issues,” and the “Biology of Cancer” mini-course.

Melisa DettbarnMelisa Dettbarn

Pembroke School District

Melisa Dettbarn earned her BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Buffalo, and MA in Science Education from the Warner Graduate School of Education at the University of Rochester.  An educator for nine years, Mrs. Dettbarn teaches 7th grade science, Regents Earth Science, Applied Science and AP Environmental Science at Pembroke Junior Senior High School in Corfu.  A strong advocate for student driven learning that is focused on service learning and local environmental issues, Mrs. Dettbarn involves her students in debates on current environmental issues with expert guest speakers.    Mrs. Dettbarn’s professional interests include green technology, sustainable development, and the Maker Movement.  Recent projects focus on leading students from the Young Adult Environmental Leadership Conference in the creation of an outdoor classroom on school grounds, a presentation at the first Buffalo Mini Maker Faire at the Buffalo Museum of Science, and involvement with local sustainability issues in Buffalo, NY through the Western New York Environmental Alliance.   She was honored by the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club/Niagara Group for “Environmental Science Education In the Classroom” for her Applied Science class’ project creating mobile website-based field guides of the organisms and habitat of the school trails accessible by the public through scannable QR codes.

Virginia DonahueVirginia Donahue

Fairport School District

Virginia Donahue earned her BS in Biology from SUNY Oswego, and Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education from SUNY Cortland. For the past 11 years, she has taught Advanced Placement Biology, and Living Environment in the Fairport Central School District. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Donahue has participated in many aspects of school life: She served as an advisor to class officers, is a member of the Fairport Teacher Advisory Committee, and the Next Generation Science Standards Curriculum Pathway Team, and a participant in a SEED (Small Enterprise Economic Development) Program. Outside the classroom, Ms. Donahue enjoys spending time with her husband and two young sons traveling and camping. In her classroom, she is motivated by the words of Carl Sagan: “Not explaining science seems to me perverse. When you’re in love, you want to tell the world.” As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Donahue is excited to collaborate with other accomplished educators to improve her own instruction and to participate in a variety of professional development opportunities.

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Andrew (Drew) EckertAndrew Eckert

Fairport School District

Andrew (Drew) Eckert earned his BA in Biology Education (7-12) at Roberts Wesleyan College and his MSEd at SUNY College at Brockport. Mr. Eckert has been teaching in the Fairport Central School District at the Minerva DeLand School since 2001. He has taught Regents and Honors Living Environment, Regents Earth Science, and General Science, and currently teaches Regents and Honors Living Environment, implementing the flipped classroom and the use of case studies in his teaching. During the 2012/2013 school year, Mr. Eckert was given the Crystal Apple Award by his peers. He has been the Advisor for the Science Club at Minerva DeLand for 15 years and formerly taught summer school and coached modified track and field. He has also worked as an adjunct professor teaching at Finger Lakes Community College, teaching General Biology and Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology courses among others. Outside of school, Mr. Eckert loves to travel with his family. His two children keep him busy with sports and recreation. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, he is a member of the Biology Professional Learning Team, and has participated in workshops on sports-related concussions, teaching and leading peers, and the “Biology of Cancer” mini-course.

Terry ElmerTerry Elmer

Red Creek School District

Terry Elmer earned his BS in Chemistry from SUNY Oswego and MS in Chemistry from SUNY Buffalo. In the classroom for 18 years, he teaches Regents Chemistry, General Chemistry, Advanced Placement Chemistry, and Advanced 7th Grade Physical Science at Red Creek Central School. Mr. Elmer uses inquiry-based classroom activities, such as Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), hands-on activities, and demonstrations to enhance and strengthen students’ content knowledge. He is a coach for Red Creek's Science Olympiad and Envirothon teams, is actively involved in the Science Department’s professional learning community, and the school’s Science Honor Society. Mr. Elmer also serves as a Selection Committee Member for the Red Creek chapter of the National Honor Society. He is a member of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers, and an active member of Science Teachers Association of New York State. When at home, Mr. Elmer enjoys gardening and bowling whenever he can. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, he is a member of the Chemistry Professional Learning Team and has participated in workshops on biomathematics and scientific argumentation.

Robert EnckRobert Enck

Webster School District

Robert Enck earned his BA in Physics and MS in Physics Education from SUNY Brockport, and EdD in Executive Leadership from Saint John Fisher College. His dissertation research investigated the association between constructivist teaching strategies used in the classroom and eighth grade student achievement as recorded in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2007.  Mr. Enck, an educator for 25 years, teaches Advanced Placement Physics at Webster Schroeder High School. At Schroeder High School he has also served as a lead science teacher, mentor, and professional development presenter. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Enck enjoys being an academic coach for the competitive Science Olympiad and Masterminds teams.  His current professional interests include the use of Modeling Physics, a type of inquiry learning to engage students in learning and understanding physics, and the use of data analysis to monitor and improve student learning.  Mr. Enck received excellence in teaching awards from both the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Nolan FloresNolan Flores

Wayne School District

Nolan Flores earned his BS in Biology and Adolescent Education, and MS in Biology Education from SUNY College at Brockport. In the classroom for eight years, he teaches Advanced Placement Biology, Regents Living Environment, Environmental Science, and Astronomy at Wayne Central High School in Ontario. Mr. Flores believes in fostering a student-centered classroom through active, hands-on, inquiry-based learning where his students collect, analyze and share evidence to build a classroom of knowledge. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Flores serves as the Head Coach for the Varsity Golf and MasterMinds teams. His other professional interests include representing the high school as Contract Negotiator for the Wayne Teachers Association, and he is a member of the National Science Teachers Association. When he’s not in the classroom, you will find Mr. Flores chaperoning dances and field trips, or keeping the score for the Wayne wrestling teams. Outside of school, Mr. Flores is an avid golfer and enjoys traveling around the world. Mr. Flores is excited and honored to continue his professional journey as a NYS Master Teacher, and looks forward to the collaborative work with the professional learning teams and the development of STEM initiatives at the secondary level.

Aaron ForgnoneAaron Forgnone

Alexander Central School District

Aaron Forgnone earned his BS in Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and MSEd in Technology Education from Buffalo State College. Dual certified in Technology Education and Biology, Mr. Forgnone has enjoyed 13 years in the classroom. He currently teaches Principles of Engineering, Design and Drawing for Production, Wood Working, and Middle School Technology Education in the Alexander Central Schools. Mr. Forgnone is active outside the classroom as well, serving on the Curriculum Council Committee, School Safety Team, and as a Tech Wars event coordinator. He also serves as the Science Department Chair and as adjunct faculty member at Genesee Community College. Mr. Forgnone is also honored to serve on a committee at Alexander Schools that developed and built the first certified outdoor classroom in Western New York. When not in the classroom, he is an avid woodworker and amateur pomologist, interested in local apple varieties. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Forgnone is looking forward to participating in professional development and collaborating with other STEM teachers.

Randy FrenchRandy French

Geneseo School District

Randy French earned his AS in Forestry from Paul Smith’s College, BA in Art and Biology from SUNY Geneseo, and MA in Liberal Arts from Empire State College.  A veteran teacher with 37 years experience in the classroom, he teaches middle and high school science at Geneseo Central. Because Mr. French believes that experience is invaluable to learning, his students have completed field research in water quality and wildlife habitat. He emphasizes that students are global citizens and he strives to connect his classes with educators globally by organizing various student excursions including, most recently, a trip to study Ecology and Geology in Yellowstone National Park. Mr. French’s professional interests focus on hands-on learning and strategies for developing student curiosity.  As Earthwise club advisor, he has introduced students to numerous outdoor activities while showing students the importance of preserving our wild lands. Mr. French was awarded the Environmental Award from the Geneseo Science Club in recognition of his many projects, such as scrap recycling projects, and student-created research into funding a community water tank in Uganda and bed nets to prevent malaria in Tanzania.

Dan FullertonDan Fullerton

West Irondequoit School District

Dan Fullerton earned his BS and MS degrees in microelectronic engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and a secondary teaching certificate in physics from Drexel University.  In the classroom for 11 years, he teaches physics at Irondequoit High School.  Mr. Fullerton is a strong advocate for student-directed active learning and involves his students in hands-on, technology-infused applications of science, such as the design and creation of catapult launches and speakers.  Mr. Fullerton’s professional interests focus on the flipped classroom implementation model, semiconductor education in high school, and promoting STEM education and careers throughout the community.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Fullerton serves as an advisor for the National Honor Society, and is a member of the Industrial Affiliate Advisory Board to RIT’s Department of Microelectronic Engineering, of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and of the Science Teachers Association of New York State. Mr. Fullerton has published various books for Regents and Honors Physics courses. His current projects include the expansion of a physics website with supporting books and videos, and the creation of an online AP Physics courses.

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Rebecca GearyRebecca Geary

East Bloomfield School District

Rebecca Geary earned her BS in Biology from SUNY Binghamton, MS in Molecular Cancer Biology from the University of Chicago, and her MS in Teaching & Curriculum in Science Education from the University of Rochester. She was named a Bernice Goldblatt Fellow upon entering the University of Chicago for her academic achievements as an undergraduate, and she was awarded a National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarship to pursue her teaching degree for her interests in social justice. Prior to becoming a teacher, she managed a neuroscience research laboratory doing work in the field of spinal cord regeneration and repair at the University of Rochester. Ms. Geary has been teaching science for six years; she taught Regents Chemistry and Advanced Placement Biology for four years at Eastridge High School and is currently teaching Living Environment to eighth graders at Bloomfield Middle School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she has served on several committees and is currently a Freshman Class Advisor. Outside of teaching, Ms. Geary enjoys hiking, skiing, and traveling with her family. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she is a member of the Living Environment Professional Learning Team, and has participated in a variety of workshops including Teaching and Leading your Peers, Alternative Energy Systems, and Sports-Related Concussions, and the Biology of Cancer mini-course.

Reggie GerigReggie Gerig

Hilton School District

Reggie Gerig earned his BS in Biology in Secondary Education from Taylor University and his MS in Science Education from SUNY Brockport. Beginning his teaching career in Ft. Wayne, IN, then moving to Hilton Central School District, Mr. Gerig has been in the classroom for 17 years. Currently, he teaches Middle School General Science and Regents Living Environment at Merton Williams Middle School, an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme School. Mr. Gerig serves in a variety of capacities at Merton Williams: He is a member of the Instructional Support Team and the School Improvement Team, a class trip chaperone, and a coach for the boys’ basketball program. Mr. Gerig spends his free time with his wife and three children, watching his favorite sports teams, and working outside. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, he has attended a variety of workshops this semester including Beekeeping, Scientific Argumentation and the Implications for Writing Case Studies, Sports-Related Concussions, and Teaching and Leading your Peers, and participated in the Biology of Cancer mini-course. Mr Gerig looks forward to broadening his STEM content knowledge across a variety of subjects.

Monica Giacoman

Webster School District

Monica Giacoman earned her BS in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Education from Niagara University, and MSEd in Mathematics from SUNY at Geneseo. In the classroom for 21 years, Mrs. Giacoman teaches Advanced Placement  Statistics, Pre-Calculus, and  Calculus at Webster Schroeder High School.

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Joan HamerJoan Hamer

Honeoye Falls-Lima School District

Joan Hamer earned her BS in Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Master of Arts in Teaching from SUNY Binghamton.  In the classroom for 24 years, she teaches Advanced Placement Biology and Biotech/Forensics at Honeoye Falls Lima High School.  Mrs. Hamer is a strong advocate for hands-on, inquiry-based learning and the Socratic Method. She supports her students’ using their prior knowledge to answer questions, so the students see themselves as having an active role in advancing their content knowledge. Mrs. Hamer’s professional interests focus on cooperative learning groups, design-your-own -lab activities, curriculum development, and working with student teachers.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she serves as advisor to the Gay-Straight Alliance, member of the scheduling committee and safety committee for her school, and conference assistant for the Science Teachers Association of NYS.   She was also adjunct professor for Genesee Community College teaching Human Biology and Cell Biology.  Mrs. Hamer was honored with the Educational Testing Service's (ETS) Recognition of Excellence Award for exceptional individual performance on a content Praxis II exam, and was selected to participate in the Finger Lakes STEM Hub 2014 Professional Development Summer Institute.

Donna HimmelbergDonna Himmelberg

Fairport School District

Donna Himmelberg earned AB degrees in biology and  psychology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and her MEd in Curriculum Instruction in Science Education from the University of Missouri.  Mrs. Himmelberg taught in suburban and rural schools in Missouri and NYS before returning to her alma mater, Fairport High School (FHS). Now in her 16th year of teaching, she has helped FHS establish a partnership with NASA in which students conduct authentic research to fly aboard a microgravity flight.  Mrs. Himmelberg has served as a National Honor Society Advisor and been a member of Fairport’s Science Steering Committee. Last spring, she also taught a science teacher preparation course at Nazareth College of Rochester.  Her teaching has been recognized with awards from the American Nuclear Society, Dow STEM the Gap Teacher Challenge, and the Science Teachers Association of NYS.  Mrs. Himmelberg is excited to be part of the NYS Master Teacher Program, and is looking forward to deepening her commitment to mentoring new teachers and to expanding her content and pedagogical knowledge to add new topics to her teaching repertoire such as, 3D printing and statistics.

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Marcel JennetteMarcel Jennette

Palmyra-Macedon School District

Marcel Jennette earned his BS in Secondary Education Physics and MS in Student Affairs Counseling from SUNY Plattsburgh. Prior to teaching, Mr. Jennette worked at the University of New England as the Coordinator of Campus Life in Portland, Maine. In the classroom since 2003, Mr. Jennette is currently teaching “Project Lead the Way” technology courses including: Design and Drawing for Production, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Digital Electronics, and Engineering Design and Development. Mr. Jennette also serves as the District Lead Teacher for the Technology Department and is a Co-Advisor for the Technology Club. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Jennette is looking forward to collaborating with fellow master teachers and helping out those new to the profession.

Siobhan Julian

Webster School District

Siobhan Julian earned her BS in Chemistry and Biology from SUNY Geneseo,  and Master of Education from SUNY College at Brockport .  In the classroom for seven years, Ms. Siobhan teaches Advanced Placement Chemistry and Regents Chemistry at Webster Schroeder High School.

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Maryalice KaminskiMaryalice Kaminski

Fairport School District

Maryalice Kaminski earned her BS in Earth Science from SUNY Brockport as the Department Scholar, and MS in Geosciences from Mississippi State University. During the summers of her college years, Mrs. Kaminski worked at Ward's Natural Science in the Geology Department, where her interest for minerals, gems and fossils flourished. She has been teaching Earth Science for seven years at Fairport's Minerva DeLand 9th grade building. The past two years have included teaching with a Special Education teacher in a co-teacher setting. In the classroom, Mrs. Kaminski uses a high level of enthusiasm and deliberate questioning techniques to keep all students engaged in learning. She is also an Advisor to the Yearbook Club, and enjoys chaperoning the Freshman Dance and the school trip to New York City. She manages the Minerva Science Department Twitter page, which informs students and parents of important dates and relevant and exciting science news. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Kaminski is looking forward to collaborating with teachers around the region in order to further her professional growth.

Eric KazukiewiczEric Kazukiewicz

West Irondequoit School District

Eric Kazukiewicz earned his BS and MS in Technology Education from SUNY Oswego and “Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology Certification.” In the classroom for 18 years, “Mr. K” teaches 8th Grade Technology at Dake Junior High School in West Irondequoit. He has served as a Department Leader for 15 years, and member of the Ad Hoc Committee, which meets to review and revise curricula, the Irondequoit High School Solar Car Team, and currently advises The Dake Morning Show, Snowsports Club, Torque Club, and Robotics Club. Outside the classroom Mr. K is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys archery and fishing. As a NYS Master Teacher, he is looking forward to learning from, and with, the other Master Teachers across NYS.

Mary KeymelMary Keymel

Avon Central School District

Mary Keymel earned her BS in biology from Houghton College, and MSEd from SUNY Geneseo.  Before starting her 14-year teaching career of Advance Placement Biology, Living Environment, and Accelerated College Enrollment Biology at Avon Central School, Mrs. Keymel served as an Interim Instructor of Biology at Houghton College.  In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she serves on the School Improvement Team, is a class advisor, a new teacher mentor, and a member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS.  When she is not seeking out new professional development opportunities to bring back to her classroom, she enjoys baking and decorating cakes.  As a NYS Master teacher, Mrs. Keymel is looking forward to working with new and pre-service teachers and to participating in the many professional development opportunities offered in her own region and across the state.

Jessica WalterJessica Krueger

Livonia School District

Jessica Krueger earned both her BA in Mathematics with Secondary Education Certification and MS in Mathematics and Education at SUNY Geneseo. In the classroom at Livonia High School for nine years, Mrs. Krueger has taught a variety of courses including Math A, Integrated Algebra, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Computer Programming, Business Math, Honors Pre-Calculus, and Common Core Algebra.  Mrs. Krueger is passionate about mathematics, and continuously strives to find new ways to differentiate instruction for students, incorporate technology to enrich the educational experiences of all her students.  With her science and math teacher colleagues, she is co-designing a STEM course for students interested in studying plants and foods. The course will be devoted to hands on, experiential learning activities that will revolve around designing, building, and maintaining a community garden at Livonia Central School. With the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Krueger has participated in a number of workshops, including Bayesian Statistics, What Happened to Mathematics between Galileo (1564-1642) and Newton (1642-1727)?, and Global Climate Change, and is a member of two Professional Learning Teams—Vertical Math and Working with Pre/In-Service Teachers.

Keri KrullKeri Krull

Brockport Central School District

Keri Krull earned her BS in Mathematics from Sacred Heart University and her MS in Mathematics from Fairfield University.  Ms. Krull has been in the classroom for 15 years at the secondary and collegiate level, teaching a variety of courses and levels.  Currently, Ms. Krull teaches Geometry and Advanced Placement Calculus at Brockport High School, and serves as a demonstration classroom teacher, opening her classroom to colleagues and administrators, including visitors from outside the district to observe research-based best practices in action.  Ms. Krull recently presented a Master Class about her demonstration classroom experience at the annual national conference for Expeditionary Learning Education.  She is a proud Buffalo Bills fan who would like to see more fourth downs attempted based on statistical analysis so that they can win more games.  As a new member of the Master Teacher Program, Ms. Krull has already participated in a number of workshops at SUNY Geneseo including Beekeeping and Failure is Awesome: The Growth Mindset in the Math Classroom, the Mathematical Ideas for Curve Stitching and String mini-course, and she attended the Saturday conference Making Mathematics Engaging designed and led by Master Teachers in Western NY at SUNY Buffalo State.

Eric KrystyEric Krysty

Churchville-Chili Central School District

Eric Krysty earned his BS in Technology Education from SUNY Oswego, and MS in Integrating Technology in the Classroom from Walden University. Honored to teach at Churchville-Chili Senior High School Teaching for 14 years, Mr. Krysty is a New York State certified Technology Education teacher and certified Project Lead the Way teacher, currently teaching Design Drawing for Production, Principles of Engineering, and Civil Engineering and Architecture. He is also a proud instructor at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, where he orchestrates robotics summer camps, and an adjunct professor at Sinclair Community College. Mr. Krysty loves ice hockey and has played the game most of his life. He has dedicated the last decade to coaching high school hockey. He is inspired by Wernher von Braun’s famous quote, “Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Krysty is excited to learn from and share with the greatest teachers in New York State and pass this knowledge on to his students and community members.

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Kevin LaleyKevin Laley

Fairport School District

Kevin Laley earned his BA in Mathematics from Nazareth College with Adolescent Education Certification, MS in Mathematics from the University of Rhode Island and National Board Certification in Adolescent Mathematics Education in 2012.  In the classroom for seven years, he teaches Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Computer Science at Fairport High School and courses at Nazareth College.
Kevin believes strongly in holding students to high standards and makes use of technology to enable his students to continue learning outside of the classroom; he has designed units based on the flipped classroom approach which supports more individualized instruction and cooperative learning during class periods and requires students to become independent learners outside class time.  Mr. Laley’s professional interests include new strategies for mathematics instruction and for implementing the Response to Intervention (RTI) program at Fairport High School. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is advisor for the Fairport Math Team, member of the district Scholarship Committee, and currently part of a team of teachers working to organize the Fairport Educators’ Association annual golf tournament.

Lori LaRocco

Webster School District

Lori Larocco earned her BA in Mathematics from Hamilton College, and MSEd from SUNY College at Cortland. In the classroom for 15 years, Mrs. LaRocco teaches Common Core Algebra and Advanced Placement Calculus at Webster Thomas High School.

Mark LeaderMark Leader

Webster School District

Mark Leader earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and MA in Math Education from New York University. Mr. Leader teaches Geometry, Intermediate Algebra and Business Math at Webster Schroeder High School.  Teaching for seven years, he is a passionate advocate of mathematics as an essential skill for all students, regardless of prior difficulties with math or future plans.  As such, Mr. Leader emphasizes real life applications of new mathematic concepts.  Teaching in an alternative high school program, Mr. Leader’s professional interests focus on small group and individualized lessons and interdisciplinary projects, especially with science and technology. He participated in a regional conference to help plan the upcoming transition to Common Core Geometry, and is a member of the Common Core implementation team for his school.   Mr. Leader is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and a former Fellow with the New York City chapter of Math for America.

Tosca LindbergTosca Lindberg

Rush-Henrietta School District

Tosca Lindberg earned her BS in Engineering Science from Seattle Pacific University and MEd in Secondary Science Education from the University of Guam.  An educator for 20 years, she teaches math at the Alternative High School in Rush Henrietta.  Ms. Lindberg’s professional interests focus on learning for mastery and Habits of Mind, two pedagogical approaches that emphasize perseverance, stamina, and self-assessment. One of Ms. Lindberg’s recent projects focused on developing an independent learning skills curriculum for math for special education students. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Lindberg serves as the manager of the school’s student-run store, and supports students as they seek employment and job training.  She was honored with the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Honorary Member Award for her contributions to the school’s PBIS initiatives.  With the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Lindberg participated in workshops on the Flipped Classroom, the Big Bang Theory, Mars Exploration, and Stem in Our Neighborhood, and led a workshop entitled “STEM in Alternative Education” at the annual professional development conference in Albany.   As math teacher, Ms. Lindberg’s favorite STEM quote is “Black holes are where God divided by zero,” by Albert Einstein.

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Robyn MacBrideRobyn MacBride

Greece School District

Robyn MacBride earned her BA in Physics from SUNY Geneseo and her MS in Science Education from the University of Rochester. In the classroom for 14 years, Mrs. MacBride has taught all levels of Physics and General Chemistry. She currently teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Physics C and AP Physics 1 at Greece Arcadia High School.  In addition to her classroom responsibilities, Mrs. MacBride is the Advisor to the National Honor Society and Advisor to the Masterminds Club.  She is a member of the School Improvement Team, Attendance Committee, and Scheduling Committee.  In her free time, Mrs. MacBride enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.  When she is not sitting at an ice rink watching her children play hockey, she enjoys playing board games and doing puzzles.  As a NYS Master Teacher, she is looking forward to deepening her content knowledge about Physics and the other STEM fields as well as sharing best practices and collaborating with colleagues. 

Michael MaddenMichael Madden

Canandaigua City School District

Michael Madden earned both his BS and MSEd in Physics and Mathematics Education from SUNY Cortland. Mr. Madden has been teaching physics for seven years, six of which have been in the Canandaigua City School District. He has taught International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Regents, and Conceptual Physics courses in his tenure at Canandaigua. Through the QuarkNet program at Syracuse University, Mr. Madden has studied high energy physics in the hopes of bringing those experiences into his classroom. Currently, Mr. Madden has seven students working on an independent study with a muon detector received from QuarkNet. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Madden is the coach of the Canandaigua Alpine Ski Team and works part-time at Bristol Mountain as a race coach. He co-advises the High School’s Outdoor Club, and spends his summer months traveling with family and cycling around the Rochester region. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Madden is a member of the Professional Learning Team developing and reviving the local Physics Teachers Alliance.  He is most excited to work with other experienced teachers, especially at Western NY’s Summer Workshop with Physics teachers hosted by Buffalo State.

Lisa MallaberLisa Mallaber

Livonia School District

Lisa Mallaber earned her BS in Biotechnology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and MSEd from the University of Rochester.  Ms. Mallaber teaches Chemistry and Living Environment at Livonia High School.  A strong advocate of hands-on inquiry-based learning, she designs experiments that increase the opportunities for the students to think about the data they collect and appreciate the process of science. Ms. Mallaber’s professional interests focus on inquiry learning, standards based instruction and designing new and creative ways to help students learn chemical concepts.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Mallaber is advisor for the Science National Honor Society and the Senior Class, member of the school’s scholarship committee, athletic booster club, and school safety team and the Chemical Hygiene Officer for the Livonia Central School District. She is active in professional organizations including the National Science Teachers Association, the Science Teacher Association of NYS and the American Chemical Society.

James McEnteeJames McEntee

Webster School District

James McEntee earned his BA in Mathematics and Secondary Education from SUNY Geneseo and MSEd in Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment from Walden University. During his 11 years at Webster Schroeder High School, Mr. McEntee has taught Algebra, Algebra Intensive, Geometry, Geometry Enriched, Algebra 2 & Trigonometry, Algebra 2 & Trigonometry Enriched, Trigonometry & Functions, Precalculus, & AB Calculus. He strongly believes in holding all his students to high standards and is an advocate for instructing with technology in a way that enhances instruction without taking the place of essential understandings. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, he has also served as the boys & girls Varsity tennis coach for 10 years. During that time the team has won divisional & sectional team titles and a NYS singles championship. Mr. McEntee has also been a NYS Math League Board Member and a district presenter on effective questioning techniques & writing in the mathematics classroom. Jim has also won and placed second in the New York State pickeball tournament. With the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. McEntee looks forward to continuing to learn strategies and content to connect students to the everyday math that surrounds them.

Erin McKennaErin McKenna

Gates-Chili School District

Erin McKenna earned her BA in Mathematics from SUNY Geneseo and MA in Liberal Studies from SUNY Brockport. In the classroom for 18 years at Gates Chili High School, Mrs. McKenna teaches Algebra, Algebra 2 and Calculus. She is a passionate mathematics teacher who advocates hard work, discipline, productive struggle, and pure love for math. Mrs. McKenna challenges herself to implement best practices including differentiated instruction, the use of technology, and student-centered learning. She has taken the lead on dissecting and implementing the new Common Core Algebra and Algebra 2 curricula in her building. She enjoys sharing with her freshmen all the math they will have the opportunity to take in high school, and seeing some as Advanced Placement students their senior year, and saying “Congratulations, you did it!” Outside her professional life, Mrs. McKenna enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful young children. As a NYS Master Teacher, she has participated in a variety of workshops including Teaching and Leading your Peers, the History of Calculus, and Statistics for Algebra 2. Mrs. McKenna is looking forward to collaborating with other great teachers to integrate math and science.

William McKennaWilliam McKenna

Gates-Chili School District

William McKenna earned his BS in Physics Secondary Education from SUNY Fredonia and MA in Liberal Studies from SUNY Brockport.  At Gates Chili for 17 years, he teaches Conceptual Physics, Regents Physics, and Advanced Placement Physics 1. Mr. McKenna integrates technology and hands-on explorations in his classroom to make learning more student-centered and inquiry-based.  He is passionate about physics and math, and the opportunities that they can open for students, and believes that all students can succeed. He continually works to differentiate his instruction to meet the all diverse needs.  Outside the classroom, Mr. McKenna is the Science Department Leader, serves on the District Technology Committee, and advises the Ski Club and Yorker Club.  In his free time, he can be found with his family on the ski slopes when it is snowing, or on the water when the weather is warm. Mr. McKenna sees teaching as a constant work in progress, and is excited to be part of the NYS Master Teacher Program to grow in both his STEM content knowledge and teaching practice. He is a member of the RAPTOR Physics Professional Learning Team, and has participated in a variety of workshops including Teaching and Leading your Peers, Alternative Energy Systems, and the Physics Make-and-Take.

Jason McLaughlin

Canandaigua City School District

Jason McLaughlin earned his BA in Biology from Harvard University, and Master of Education from Drexel University. In the classroom for ten years, Mr. McLaughlin teaches Honors Chemistry and International Baccalaureate Environmental Systems and Societies at Canandaigua Academy.

Karin MeuwissenKarin Meuwissen

Gananda School District

Karin Meuwissen earned her BS in Mathematics from SUNY Geneseo, and an MS in Applied Mathematics from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Employed at the high school within the Gananda School District since the fall of 2004, she currently teaches Algebra and Gemini Pre-Calculus. Ms. Meuwissen is involved in her school outside of the classroom, currently serving on the School Improvement Team, the Strategic Planning Team, and as Teacher Leader in the district’s initiative to introduce personalized learning into the classrooms. She is also the Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach, and Advisor to the Senior Class, the school’s Varsity Club, and Friends of Rachel, a club centered on reducing bullying. Ms. Meuwissen enjoys visiting the Adirondack Mountains, as well as sharing time and traveling with her nieces and nephew. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Meuwissen has participated in the Teaching and Leading your Peers workshop and taken the Mathematical Ideas for Curve Stitching mini-course. She looks forward exploring ways in which she can grow as an educator, and to collaborating with fellow Master Teachers about ways to enhance student learning.

Stacie MillerStacie Miller

Fairport School District

Stacie Miller earned her BA in Elementary Education with a Middle School Extension in Mathematics from SUNY Fredonia College, MA in Mathematics from St. John Fisher College, while extending her certification to Secondary Mathematics and National Board Certification in Adolescent Mathematics. Mrs. Miller has been in the classroom teaching courses in Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents and Honors and Math 12 Investigations at Fairport High School for 12 years.  Mrs. Miller has also been an Adjunct Professor at Nazareth College and St. John Fisher College teaching various courses in Mathematics.  Mrs. Miller is an active member at her school serving on the Teacher Advisory Council, Technology Vision Team as well as an Advisor for the Fairport High School Chapter of the National Honor Society.  Outside of her professional life, she enjoys spending time with her extremely supportive husband and two beautiful young children.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Miller is looking forward to monthly meetings and Professional Learning Teams to collaborate, learn, share, and reflect with such a talented group of professionals.

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Christopher OaksChristopher Oaks

Palmyra-Macedon Central School District

Christopher Oaks earned his B.A. in Mathematics and his M.S.Ed. in Mathematics Education from SUNY Fredonia.  Mr. Oaks teaches FLCC and AP Calculus, Algebra 2, and an Algebra Extended course at Palmyra-Macedona High School. He is dedicated to making math applicable to his students’ lives through creative projects. Mr. Oaks has helped implement the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program and served on the Building Team and the Pal-Mac Way, a committee that focuses on communicating the character traits of Respect, Responsibility, Caring, and Citizenship across the school community. He also coaches the Girls Varsity Swim Team at Palmyra-Macedon High and sits on the board of the local Dollars for Scholars chapter.  Outside of school, Christopher enjoys competing in triathlons and traveling with his wife, Sarah.  As a NYS Master Teacher, he looks forward to mentoring pre-service teachers in the region and collaborating with other STEM teachers to create interdisciplinary lessons.

Laura O’DonnellLaura O'Donnell

Attica Central School District

Laura O’Donnell earned her BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, along with Secondary Education Certification from SUNY Geneseo and MS in Biology Education from SUNY Buffalo State. Mrs. O’Donnell has been in the classroom for over 11 years and has pursued additional certifications in Chemistry and Earth Science. She currently teaches Honors and Regents Biology at Attica High School. Throughout her years at Attica, Mrs. O’Donnell has been the Ski Club Advisor, Science Club Advisor, a member of the Shared Decision Making Team, and a Class Advisor. She also taught an afterschool college level Biotechnology course for iSci Western New York, a program to introduce life sciences career and industry opportunities. Mrs. O’Donnell is in her third year participating in the Western New York Genetics in Research Partnership where she leads an interactive project in basic genome analysis and bioinformatics with students. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, and the Science Teachers Association of New York State. Outside of school, Mrs. O’Donnell loves spending time with her family. Within the Master Teacher Program, she is a member of the Biology Professional Learning Team, and has participated in a variety of workshops including Sports-Related Concussions, Teaching and Leading your Peers, and Water to Energy Systems

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Joseph C. PerryJoseph Perry

Palmyra-Macedon School District

Joseph C. Perry earned his BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Earth Sciences from SUNY Fredonia and MS in Administrative Education from SUNY Brockport. Mr. Perry is in his 16th year of teaching Regents Earth Science at Palmyra Macedon High School, and has recently begun to teach various college level courses for his students including Introduction to Astronomy. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Perry is responsible for implementing an Accelerated Middle School Regents Earth Science, is advisor to the MasterMinds club, and serves as President of the Palmyra-Macedon Faculty Association.  He also maintains the Palmyra Macedon Central School District’s Weatherbug Weather Station, and frequently holds star viewing events with the district's 11- inch Celestron telescope.  Mr. Perry was awarded a Special Recognition by Palmyra-Macedon's Board of Education for teaching and dedication to the district.  With the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Perry has participated in various workshops including Bayesian Statistics, Cosmology, Standards-Based Grading and the Science of Nutrition.

Jason PicardoJason Picardo

Gates-Chili School District

Jason Picardo earned his BA in mathematics from SUNY Geneseo and his MS in Secondary Mathematics Education from SUNY Brockport. In the classroom for more than 14 years, he teaches Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry and Pre-Calculus in the Gates Chili Central School District.  He has been a soccer coach for over 10 years in the Gates Chili community and most recently served as the Gates Chili High School Boys Varsity Head Coach.  A strong advocate of student-driven learning, Mr. Picardo believes that the most important thing we can do as educators is help our students learn how to learn.  “After that, anything is possible!”   A lifelong learner himself, Mr. Picardo enjoys a variety of activities including golf, running, cooking, and wine making.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Picardo is looking forward to collaborating with his fellow Master Teachers across the state and bringing innovative instructional techniques back to his colleagues at Gates Chili.

Jamie PortaJamie Porta

Brighton Central School District

Jamie Porta earned his BS in chemistry from SUNY Geneseo, MSEd from the University of Buffalo, and National Board Certification in science.  In the classroom for 16 wonderful years, the last 15 at Brighton High School, Mr. Porta teaches chemistry and physics.  In addition to his classroom responsibilities, he is advisor for the Mountain Bound Course and the Outdoor Club.  These two programs focus on teambuilding and leadership by taking students to the Adirondacks, Colorado, and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.  Mr. Porta was also the Department Coordinator for the Science Department for seven years.  He founded and advised the Brighton Science Research Club, which focuses on helping students to do more STEM activities outside the classroom and connects students interested in a science degree with local colleges.  This summer he is excited to take his wife, and two young children hiking and camping.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Porta is looking forward to collaborating with other Master Teachers about best practices and utilizing these practices to make his classes even more rewarding for students.

David PorterDavid Porter

Victor School District

David Porter served in the United States Air Force as a Weather Specialist prior to earning his BS in Imaging and Photographic Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, and working for Eastman Kodak as a Digital Imaging Specialist. After 10 years at Kodak, Mr. Porter entered SUNY Brockport to earn his MS in Biology. Teaching at Victor Senior High School for 13 years, he currently teaches Regents Living Environment, Advanced Placement Biology and International Baccalaureate Biology. In the classroom, Mr. Porter uses a flipped classroom approach to help his students become independent learners. During the summer, Mr. Porter teaches a summer enrichment program in Microbiology for younger students. He is an active member of the Victor High School’s Building Council, and has served on the Curriculum Council, and as a leader/mentor for the High School’s Biology Club. Combining his photographic background and love for Biology, Mr. Porter enjoys photographing the many aspects of nature. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Porter is very much looking forward to sharing information and ideas with colleagues and to continue to improve as an educator.

Patricia PragelPatricia Pragel

Greece School District

Patricia Pragel earned her BA in Mathematics at SUNY Geneseo, and MSEd at Nazareth College of Rochester. She has been a mathematics teacher at Greece Arcadia High School in Greece since 1993. Over the years, Mrs. Pragel has taught all levels of high school mathematics. For the past nine years, she has taught Precalculus and Advanced Placement Calculus AB. For almost 20 years, Mrs. Pragel has been the advisor for the Greece Arcadia Math Team which competes at the county level, and since 1997, she has been a coach for the Upstate New York Math Team which competes at the national level at Penn State University. Her three adult children are all graduates from Greece Arcadia High School and all three are following in her footsteps as mathematics educators, at the collegiate level.  As a new NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Pragel is looking forward to networking with other mathematics educators around the county and state, and hoping to help spread the love for the beauty of mathematics to future mathematicians.

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John QuesterJohn Quester II

Fairport School District

John Quester earned his BS in chemistry from SUNY Geneseo, his MSEd from SUNY Brockport, and National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Science in 2013. In the classroom for nearly ten years, Mr. Quester teaches 8th grade physical science and 7th grade life science at Martha Brown Middle School in Fairport.  Mr. Quester is a strong advocate of hands-on and inquiry-based learning, and his classroom instruction focuses on student-centered activities that help foster the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed in the 21st Century. He is an active member of  the Science Teachers Association of NYS, among other professional organizations.  From an early age, Mr. Quester loved to explore the world around him, and he continues to enjoy this connection with nature through hiking, skiing, and various outdoor activities with his wife and two young children.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Quester is looking forward to the opportunity to collaborate with fellow STEM educators to better support and foster a love of science and learning in his classroom.

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Paul Reininger

West Irondequoit School District

Paul Reininger earned his AS in Computer Science from Monroe Community College, BA in Mathematics Education from SUNY at Geneseo, and MSEd in Mathematics from Walden University. In the classroom for nine years, Mr. Reininger teaches Math 8 and Advanced Algebra 1 at Drake Jr. High School.

Aimee RoseAimee Rose

Honeoye School District

Aimee Rose earned her BA in Mathematics from SUNY Geneseo.  At Honeoye Central School for 13 years, she teachers Pre-Calculus and Geometry. Mrs. Rose is also an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at SUNY Geneseo. Mrs. Rose is a strong advocate of applied mathematics. To illustrate this passion, she involves her students in labs and projects to investigate relationships between math and the real world.  Her professional interests focus on applied matrix techniques.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she serves as the co-chair of the Wellness Team and is a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS.  Mrs. Rose was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching at SUNY Geneseo.

Mrs. Rose believes that NYS Master Teachers’ dedication and passion for teaching STEM inspires students because, in the words of Walt Disney, they “get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done, and done right.”

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Candace SchneggenburgerCandace Schneggenburger

Palmyra-Macedon School District

Candace Schneggenburger earned her BS in Biology from Saint John Fisher College, MS in Biology from Boston College, and Master of Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An educator for 18 years, she teaches Regents Chemistry at Palmyra-Macedon High School.  A passionate chemistry teacher that advocates of the value of hard work, Mrs. Schneggenburger involves her students in Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, a student-centered teaching strategy pioneered by college chemistry departments to develop critical thinking, problem solving, communication, cooperation and reflection skills.  Her professional interests include learning about scientific discoveries and pedagogical ideas, and furthering interdisciplinary collaboration among her peers.   In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Schneggenburger has served on the Palmyra-Macedon High School Building Team and the Communications Committee for the implementation of International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP). She is the District Lead Science Teacher for Palmyra-Macedon Central School District, and member of Science Teachers Association of NYS, National Science Teachers Association and the steering committee for the Finger Lakes STEM Hub.  In 2012 she was honored with the Rochester Area Chemistry Teacher of the Year Award by the American Chemical Society.

Paul SeditaPaul Sedita

Canandaigua City School District

Paul Sedita earned his BS in Astrophysics from Penn State University and MS in Science Education from SUNY Brockport.  He teaches International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement and Regents Physics at Canandaigua Academy.  An educator for 24 years with a strong belief in presenting science and physics from a variety of perspectives, Mr. Sedita encourages his students to question and appreciate how concepts and models of physics integrate with their personal experiences as well as the larger world around them.  His professional interests center on research programs that allow him and his students to take a hands-on approach to science.   These include participation in Master Classes at the University of Rochester, work at the Department of Education’s fusion lab in Princeton, NJ, and ongoing research with muon detectors through QuarkNet, a national program sponsored by the National Science Foundation promoting collaboration between PhD physicists and high school physics teachers and students.   Mr. Sedita has presented at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society, and plans on developing curriculum for the MINERvA experiment at Fermilab, America’s premier national laboratory for particle physics research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Brian SheldonBrian Sheldon

Livonia School District

Brian Sheldon earned his BA in Geology from SUNY Geneseo, and MS in Geochemistry from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Mr. Sheldon’s move into teaching was a career shift after two years as an Environmental Technician at Oak Ridge Tennessee, and six years as a manager in the Garden Center industry in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the classroom for 10 years, Mr. Sheldon teaches Regents Earth Science, Honors Earth Science, and is currently enjoying his second opportunity teaching Advanced Placement Environmental Science. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Sheldon has served on the Building Advisement Team, and as Advisor for the Juggling Club, and Class Advisor for the Class of 2010. He is especially proud of his organizational roles in offering student-volunteer flood recovery efforts to New Orleans in 2010, and three trips to Owego, NY following tropical storms Irene and Lee in 2012. Outside school, Mr. Sheldon enjoys coaching soccer, spending time with his family, and pursuing his hobby of flatpicking guitar in a local bluegrass band. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Sheldon looks forward to participating in professional learning teams, and learning ways to bring Geographic Information Systems and Citizen Science into the classroom.

Craig D. SmithCraig Smith

Brighton Central School District

Craig D. Smith earned his BA with Honors in Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University, MA from Michigan State University in Economics, and MA in Mathematics Education from New York University.  As an undergraduate, he spent a semester studying the European Union in Germany and a semester studying transition economies in Austria.  As a graduate student, Mr. Smith conducted research in the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan.  In his 20 year teaching career, Mr. Smith has taught a variety of mathematics, statistics, and economics courses at the Tashkent State Economics University (Uzbekistan), Michigan State University, New York University, SUNY Geneseo, and Harrison High School.  Currently, Mr. Smith teaches Algebra, Geometry, and Computer Science at Brighton High School, an alternative high school setting. In the evening, he teaches courses in economics at the Rochester Institute of Technology and on-line courses for the Finger Lakes Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).  Mr. Smith’s professional interests focus on dynamic geometry software and mastery-based learning systems.  He is a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State.

Samantha Speed-LineSamantha Speed-Line

Rush-Henrietta School District

Samantha Speed-Line earned her BS in math and Special Education from Geneseo State University and MS in Inclusive Math Education from Nazareth College.  Mrs. Speed-Line has been a math and Special Education teacher in the Rush-Henrietta Central School District for five years.  As a team member at the Alternative High School, she teaches Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Trigonometry, Math Explorations, Math Finance, Topics in Math Standards, and Pre-Calculus.  At school, Mrs. Speed-Line serves as a member of the Teacher Center Policy Board and the Collegial Coaching Committee, helping to ensure that all new teachers in the Rush-Henrietta District have support and encouragement during their first year.  She is also the Union Representative in her building and a member of the Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports (PBIS) team.  When not in the classroom, Mrs. Speed-Line spends a majority of her time working as a costume designer for the musical at an area high school and traveling to Disney World with her husband.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Speed-Line is looking forward to participating in courses which highlight methods of integrating literacy into math education, as well as collaborating with other Master Teachers who work in an alternative education setting.

Bryan SwansonBryan Swanson

Spencerport Central School District

Bryan Swanson earned his B.A. in Technology Education from SUNY Oswego and M.S. in Multi-Disciplinary Studies from Rochester Institute of Technology. Through RIT, he gained five Project Lead the Way certifications: Gateway to Technology, Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, and Civil Engineering and Architecture. Mr. Swanson teaches eighth grade Introduction to Technology, along with two special education technology classes at Cosgrove Middle School in Spencerport. He serves on the Technology Advisory Committee, is Head Advisor for the Cosgrove Ski Club, and organizes and cooks a BBQ benefit for staff which has raised thousands of dollars for local charities. Past experiences include serving as Advisor for the Electrathon Club, Technology Club, and Morning Show, and as a member of the Interview Committee. Bryan enjoys the outdoors by coaching youth soccer, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and camping. As a NYS Master Teacher, he looks forward to the learning opportunities the program has to offer and collaborating with other STEM Master Teachers to create new and engaging curriculum.

Toni Lynn SwinsonToni Swinson

Webster School District

Toni Lynn Swinson earned her BA from SUNY Geneseo in mathematics with a minor in psychology, MSEd from SUNY Binghamton in Special Education, and is dual certified in 7-12 Mathematics and 7-12 Special Education. In the classroom for 15 years, she currently teaches Algebra at Webster Schroeder High School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is the NYS Math League Treasurer, Class Advisor to the Class of 2015 and a math tutor. Mrs. Swinson is a member of the Brooks Fleet Feet Racing Team, a USA Track & Field team. Always a runner, three years ago she started running long distances and ran her first half marathon in 2012 and first marathon in 2013. Since then she has completed 14 half marathons and 5 full marathons and is hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon someday. Mrs. Swinson is looking forward to working with other NYS Master Teachers and is excited to be part of an AMAZING 4-year program.

Kristina SykesKristina Sykes

Victor School District

Kristina Sykes earned her BA in biology and chemistry from SUNY Geneseo and MA in Secondary Science Education from New York University. She currently holds NYS licensure in Biology/General Science 7-12 and Chemistry/General Science 7-12. Mrs. Sykes has been in the classroom for 13 years, starting out teaching at University Neighborhood High School in lower Manhattan.  She currently teaches at Victor Senior High School in the Finger Lakes Region. Inside her classroom, Mrs. Sykes is dedicated to bringing chemistry alive through exciting demonstrations and handmade manipulatives. She is also focusing on becoming a content and peer coach. Mrs. Sykes’ hobbies are gardening and being a mom to her two girls. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Sykes is looking forward to continuing as member of the Regents Chemistry Professional Learning Team and her growth as content and peer coach.

Michael SzczepanikMichael Szczepanik

Hilton School District

Mike Szczepanik earned his BS in Biology from SUNY Geneseo, and MS in Science Education from SUNY Brockport. Mr. Szczepanik has taught Living Environment and Advanced Placement Biology at Hilton High School for 19 years. Mr. Szczepanik enjoys fitness, especially running and is the Girls Track and Cross Country Coach at Hilton High School. He is an active member in the Science Teachers Association of NYS, the National Association for Biology Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association, and the Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers. Mr. Szczepanik is also a Google Certified Educator who integrates technology and “flips the classroom” so that class time can be spent on hands-on and inquiry based activities. Mr. Szczepanik spends his free time with his two year old twin boys, and wife exploring, playing and being active. As a NYS Master Teacher, he is looking forward to collaborating with other Master Teachers, and extending his current knowledge in various fields of science and teaching pedagogy.

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Caitlin UllockCaitlin Ullock

Pittsford School District

Caitlin Ullock earned her BS in biology from Daemen College and MS in Biology Secondary Education from SUNY Geneseo.  In the classroom 18 years, Mrs. Ullock teaches Advanced Placement Biology and Living Environment at Pittsford-Mendon Senior High School.  She is very passionate about environmental stewardship and conveys her passion by serving as advisor for the Environmental Club.  Mrs. Ullock helps coordinate a Science Day for students each spring at St. John Fisher College.  This summer, she will be running an Astrobiology Summer Camp for Middle School students at the University of Maryland called “Cosmos on Campus.”  She is an active member of Science Teachers Association of NYS, National Science Teachers Association, and National Association of Biology Teachers, and has presented at both state and national Conferences.  She instills in her students a very simple mantra rooted in the words of Senegalese forestry engineer, Baba Dioum, “In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.”  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Ullock is looking forward to collaborating with colleagues regionally and statewide.

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Jennifer VibberJennifer Vibber

Penfield School District

Jennifer Vibber earned her BS in Mathematics Education from Boston University and her MS in Teaching and Curriculum from University of Rochester. Mrs. Vibber teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus, and Geometry at Penfield High School (PHS) near Rochester. She loves drawing her students into lessons using games, puzzles, and even bubble structures. On top of her course load, she is also a Math League advisor for PHS as well as the President of Monroe County Math League and the Head Coach of the Upstate NY Math Team that attends the national American Regions Mathematics League contest each year. Furthermore, she organizes all the American Mathematics Contest exams for her district. Each June, Mrs. Vibber attends the annual AP Calculus Reading in Kansas City and truly enjoys seven full days of Calculus and collaboration with like-minded, self-described math nerds from across the country. Mrs. Vibber’s hobbies include board games, reading, and spending time with her husband and two young sons. As a NYS Master Teacher, she has enjoyed all the events and looks forward to more fun during these four years of growth and collaboration.

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Renee WebbRenee Webb

York School District

Renee Webb earned her BS in biology and Secondary Education, her BA in psychology, and her MS in Secondary Education from SUNY Geneseo.  In the classroom for 16 years, Mrs. Webb teaches Living Environment and Advanced Placement Biology at York Central School.  She strives to inspire her students to embrace learning as a challenging, but rewarding, lifetime endeavor and to value the journey of their education as much as the destination.   Her professional interests involve supporting students with academic difficulties; she facilitates regular evening and summer skill-building groups for children and adolescents with mental health issues.  She is prolific composer of over thirty Biology-relevant songs in a variety of genres, and performs and teaches these songs to her students.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Webb is is the head coach for the boys varsity track team at York,  founder and active participant in a community “RUNCLUB,” and leader of the annual "Prom Dress Olympics" to benefit the Special Olympics.  A runner and avid hiker, she has hiked all 46 high peaks of the Adirondacks. As a New York Master Teacher, she looks forward to sharing her creative and musical teaching techniques with pre-service teachers.  Renee lives in Leicester, NY with her husband and four beagles, and enjoys regularly visiting with her five adult children.

Laura WestermanLaura Westerman

West Irondequoit School District

Laura Westerman earned her BS in biology and Secondary Education from Syracuse University, and MS in Literacy from SUNY Geneseo.  In the classroom for ten years, Mrs. Westerman has taught 7th and 8th grade general science at Dake Junior High School and Living Environment at Irondequoit High School.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Westerman has served as the Science Contact Teacher for the last five years, as a mentor to new Science teacher, and been part of the District Curriculum Council and Professional Development Plan Subcommittee for the West Irondequoit Central School District. A life-long learner, Mrs. Westerman is active in professional associations, and presented a workshop on “Integrating the Common Core Curriculum and Argumentation in a Science Classroom” at the Science Teachers Association of NYS Annual Conference in 2013.  Past accolades include being named a finalist for the Excellence in STEM teaching Award through the Rochester Area Colleges Center for Excellence in Math and Science.  Mrs. Westerman is excited and honored to continue her professional journey as a NYS Master Teacher, and looks forward to collaborative work with the professional learning teams and the development of STEM initiatives for the K-6 level.

Christopher WhiteChristopher White

Rush-Henrietta School District

Christopher White earned BS in Geological Sciences magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo and MS in Adolescence Education from D'Youville College.  In the classroom for eight years, Mr. White teaches Regents Earth Science at Henry V. Burger Middle School.  He is an advisor for the Burger’s News Video Broadcast Club, is a local union representative, and regularly hosts student teachers and student observers.  Mr. White has facilitated workshops and presentations on instructional technology including a presentation on how to integrate Google Earth into instruction at a Science Teacher Association of NYS annual conference.  Mr. White has also contributed to his school by setting up a weather station, creating a student peer tutor center, and strengthening parent-teacher communication with a weekly email update program.  Outside of school, Mr. White enjoys skiing, traveling, hiking, camping, and sailing. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. White looks forward to attending the mini-course on Chemistry and Physics of Earth Science, mentoring pre-service teachers, and taking part in the various Professional Learning Teams.

Amber WhitneyAmber Whitney

Wayne School District

Amber Whitney earned her BA in Mathematics and MS in Math Education from SUNY Brockport. In the classroom for 15 years, she teaches Algebra 2, Honors Trigonometry, General Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus at Wayne Central High School in Ontario.  Mrs. Whitney is a strong advocate for hands-on and differentiated instruction, and involves her students in a variety of problem-solving and technology-inspired learning activities. Mrs. Whitney’s professional interests focus on creating and fostering a student-centered classroom where all students share their ideas and create products that demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of mathematics.   In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Whitney serves as the coach for MasterMinds, and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  Mrs. Whitney is also active in her district as a leader of professional development workshops about using technology in the classroom.

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Cecilia YoungCecilia Young

West Irondequoit Central School District

Cecilia Young earned her B.S. in Chemical Education from St. John Fisher College and M.S. in Education and Human Development from SUNY Brockport. In the classroom since 2010, Mrs. Young currently teaches in the West Irondequoit Central School District and previously taught Advanced Placement, Regents, and General Chemistry at James A. Beneway High School. Mrs. Young strives to engage students in learning through inquiry labs, whole brain teaching and Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning. She has served as a Science Olympiad Coach, a Teacher Center policy board member, and facilitator of a session for new teachers on the book Mindset by Carol Dweck and how it can improve student learning. She enjoys seeing students outside the classroom attending sporting and musical events and chaperoning prom and talent shows. Mrs. Young also serves on the committee for the Rochester American Chemical Society’s High School Awards and is a point of contact for Science Matters. Cecilia reads, crochets, and runs in her spare time. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Young looks forward to collaborating with others who are passionate about teaching to share and learn ways to improve practice in her own classroom.

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