Mohawk Valley

Mohawk Valley

SUNY Oneonta

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Lisa AlexanderLisa Alexander

Whitesboro Central School District

Lisa Alexander earned her B.A. from Hamilton College, with a major in mathematics and a minor in economics and her M.S. in education from Elmira College. Lisa teaches Pre-Calculus and Advanced Placement Calculus at Whitesboro High School where she serves as Mathematics Department Chairperson, Sophomore Class Advisor and member of the National Honor Society Faculty Council. Early in her career, Lisa assisted at Whitesboro’s New Teacher Orientation, providing new teachers with “Steps to a Successful First Year.” Lisa enjoys observing her students in many extra-curricular activities and encouraging them to share their love of mathematics. Lisa has a passion for mathematics and, with the help of her students, has held an “AP Calculus Parent’s Night” and a “Calc – A- Thon,” produced a show for Middle School students entitled “Math Opens Doors”, and invited community members to her classroom to speak about occupations in STEM fields. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Alexander has taken the Mathematical Ideas in Curve Stitching and String Art mini-course, participated in a variety of PLTs and workshops, and helped plan and facilitate a conference in her region. Lisa looks forward to continuing to expand her opportunities for professional development and collaboration with top STEM educators.

Michael ArcuriMichael Arcuri

Ilion School District

Michael Arcuri earned his BS in biology and a minor in chemistry from Utica College of Syracuse University, and MS in Education from Utica College.  Mr. Arcuri has 13 years of experience teaching Regents Living Environment and Chemistry, as well as grades 5-8 science.  He has been involved in many extracurricular activities such as advising Student Council, Student Security, and Lego Robotics.  As a Strengthening Teacher and Leadership Effectiveness-2 grant recipient, a “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” nominee, and a finalist for WKTV’s “My Favorite Teacher,” Mr. Arcuri has been recognized as a “Teacher-Leader” by NYS and his community. Mr. Arcuri has served as Science Department Chair, Capitol Building Project member, mini-course presenter at Superintendent Conference Days, Mentor teacher, and a former coach of numerous sports and levels. In his spare time, Mr. Arcuri enjoys spending time with family, friends, and four dogs as well as working in his vegetable garden and fishing.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Arcuri is looking forward to forming professional learning communities with other Master Teachers throughout NYS, and sharing with colleagues.  He is looking forward to the Summer Professional Development Programs such as the Summer Ashokan Retreat and taking the mini-course “Chemistry and Physics in Earth Science.” 

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Stacey BennettStacey Bennett

Poland Central School District

Stacey Bennett earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of Rochester, where she was a Bausch and Lomb Scholar, and her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton. Mrs. Bennett teaches middle school math and Basic Algebra at Poland Central School where she serves on the Data, Grading, and Olweus Bullying Prevention teams. She advises the National Honor Society and Sophomore Class, co-advises Yearbook Club, and previously co-coordinated the district Science Fair.  Prior to joining the Poland Central School faculty, Mrs. Bennett taught Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II at Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston. Stacey enjoys creating STEM activities that foster collaboration and critical thinking skills, with the goal of having her students become life-long learners who discover how math is tied to other disciplines.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Bennett presented a session at the 2017 Annual Conference in Albany about making students more effective learners and teachers more effective teachers, inspired by her PLT’s reading of Peter Brown’s Making it Stick. She looks forward to collaborating with other master teachers and expanding her knowledge about Project and Problem-Based Learning.

Kirsten BensonKirsten Benson

Ilion School District

Kirsten Benson earned her BA in Geology from Hartwick College and her MS from Albany State University.  In the classroom for 13 years, Ms. Benson taught at Marcus Garvey Technical High School in Saint Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, West Indies. She currently teaches Earth Science, College Now Geology, and the Interconnections of Geology and Culture in Hawaii for Central Valley Academy.  The Hawaii Course incorporates a field study for students in Hawaii, and is designed to guide students toward understanding how geology, the environment and ecology mold cultures and civilizations, and the importance of nurturing this relationship.  In addition to her academic responsibilities, she is the advisor for Science and Outing Club, a volunteer educator for the Higher Order Thinking Skills Club for fifth and sixth graders, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Langheinrich Fossil Preserve. She has also coached soccer, skiing, and volleyball, and served on the Opening Day and Programming Committees. Ms. Benson has been recognized as the Educator of the Week by WFXV-TV, and awarded the Herkimer Diamond Mines “Inspiration Award.” Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Benson looks forward to collaborating with and learning from other science teachers across the state.

Theresa BillingtonTheresa Billington

Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District

Theresa Billington earned her BS in education from SUNY Cortland, MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany, and National Board Certification in Science. Ms. Billington has been in the Cobleskill-Richmondville District for 19 years, teaching science at the intermediate grade levels. Her drive to create a STEM-infused classroom using 21st century skills led her to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she worked under a “Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education” (CIPCE) grant to write curriculum using Lego Robotics to teach Common Core Learning Standards. She currently advises a Robotics and Technology Club and coordinates the Boomerang Project WEB (“Where Everybody Belongs”), a middle school orientation and transition program that welcomes 6th/7th graders to the first year of middle school, at Chestnut Ridge Middle School (MS). As a teacher leader, she is a member of the Building Level Leadership, the MS Inquiry, and the School Improvement Plan Teams and is the 7th grade faculty Team Leader. Outside of teaching, Ms. Billington is a strong advocate to empower young women and coaches a “Girls on Track” program for MS girls.  As a NYS Master Teacher, she is a member of Robotics in the Classroom, Bringing STEM Nights to Your Community, and the Problem Based Learning Professional Learning Teams.

Chad BlakesleyChad Blakesley

Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District

Chad Blakesley earned his BA in Mathematics Education at The College of Saint Rose, and MA in Mathematics Education at the SUNY Albany. He has taught middle school mathematics for 17 years, and is currently teaching 8th grade math and Algebra I at the William H. Golding Middle School. Mr. Blakesley serves as the Department Chairperson, member of the Building Leadership Team, mentor to new teachers, and also assists with technology integration at this school.  Mr. Blakesley also works with the LEGO Robotics and Technology club; he recently collaborated with science and math teachers to create activities introducing linear functions to 8th graders, with a LEGO robotic unit in a summer workshop at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Blakesley is a member of several local professional learning communities, including the Math 6-8 Common Core Support Network (through the Greater Capital Region’s Teacher Center) and the Capital District Association of Mathematics Supervisors. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Blakesley looks forward to working with other Master Teachers to continue developing and implementing engaging STEM lessons and activities, providing an entry point for students of all levels and various interests.

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Ruthie Cook

Johnstown School District

Ruthie Cook earned her BS in Biology and Chemistry from St. Lawrence University, and Master of Administration/Management from Union Graduate College. In the classroom for 13 years, Ms. Cook teaches Regents Chemistry at Johnstown High School.

Stephen CostanzaStephen Costanza

Whitesboro School District

Stephen Costanza earned his BS in Molecular Genetics from the University of Rochester, and his Master of Arts in Teaching in Biology from Cornell University. He has taught at Whitesboro High School for the past 14 years, and is currently teaching both Advanced Placement and Regents Chemistry. He has coached the Science Olympiad for 13 years, and has been the Mathletics Advisor for the past three years. Since 2009, he has also served as a Union Representative for his school. Outside the classroom, Mr. Costanza is an active member in his local Optimist Club, assisting in the selection of Students of the Month, and is driving instructor.  In 2014, he mentored two students in the Griffiss Institute Air Force Research Lab Challenge Competition, resulting in a first place finish. In his free time he enjoys reading and watching baseball, football, and movies. His interest in STEM fields began developing in high school and continues to increase exponentially each year. He is looking forward to collaborating with others in Professional Learning Teams, serving as a mentor, and learning new material and pedagogical techniques in the NYS Master Teacher Program with the ultimate goal of inspiring his students in new ways.

Abby CostelloAbigail Costello

Otego-Unadilla School District

Abby Costello earned her BS in Secondary Education in Biology and MS in Adolescent Education from the SUNY Oneonta.  Ms. Costello has taught Living Environment and Advanced Placement Biology at Unatego High School for the past 7 years.  A strong advocate for students’ active engagement in science, she involves her students in a variety of laboratory practices in order to provide them with opportunities to act as actual scientists while reinforcing content.  Her professional interests focus on helping students understand the interconnectedness of the living world from the micro to macroscopic, and recent projects include using concept maps, graphic organizers, and other visuals to display that interconnectedness.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Costello is the senior class advisor at Unatego, a member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS, and annually hosts methods students and student teachers from SUNY Oneonta.  She was honored with the SUNY Oneonta Secondary Education Department Award for Exemplary Service for her work with pre-service science teachers.  Ms. Costello likes to say to her students, “you are the result of billions of years of evolutionary success…act like it!”

Audrey CucciAudrey Cucci

Frankfort-Schuyler School District

Audrey Cucci earned her BA in Mathematics and MA in Secondary Education from Utica College.  In the classroom for eight years, Mrs. Cucci teaches Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, and Contemporary Mathematics at Frankfort-Schuyler High School.  A strong advocate of educational technology especially the flipped classroom model, she has designed a paperless flipped classroom utilizing multiple technologies.  Her professional interests focus on educational technology and project based learning. She has asked her students to create bottle rockets to study parabolic paths or use temperature probes connected to handheld technology tools to study the rate at which a “body” cools after death.  Mrs. Cucci serves as the Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator K-12 for the Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District.  She was named one of the country’s top “50 Innovators in Education” by The Center for Digital Education and Converge, one of “20 To Watch” by the National School Board Association and has received the Mohawk Valley Education Distinguished Service Award from the Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley Region.  Mrs. Cucci is a life-long learner inspired by Albert Einstein’s words, “Pure mathematics is, in its own way, the poetry of logical ideas.”  

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Michael DunneMichael Dunne

Sherrill School District

Michael Dunne earned his BA and MA in Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam and his MS in Education from Utica College. Mr. Dunne feels very lucky to return to his alma mater, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, and continues to bring an intense level of enthusiasm and involvement in his community. In the classroom for ten years, he teaches Math 7/8/Accelerated and Automatic Identification System (AIS) 7/8. Outside the classroom, Mr. Dunne has been an assistant in the Varsity Baseball program for eight years and just began a 20-year stint (optimistically speaking) as coach of the Boy’s Cross Country program. He frequently emcees various school events and enjoys supporting several extracurricular activities in the Red Devil community. A lifelong math geek, Mr. Dunne is a member of American Mensa. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Dunne has participated in the statistics mini-course and is a member of the Mathematics in Media Professional Learning Team.  The best part of his life is time spent with his beautiful wife and their baby boy.

Frank DuRoss Jr.Frank DuRoss, Jr.

New Hartford School District

Frank DuRoss Jr. earned his BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, MS in Science Education from Syracuse University and pursued coursework in Systems Ecology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  In the classroom for 15 years, Mr. DuRoss teaches 7th grade Life Science at Perry Jr. High School.  A strong advocate for a classroom environment built upon a foundation of personal relationships, he involves his students in coursework that engages their curiosity and connects to their everyday experiences.  He enjoys teaching science because the disciplines are constantly changing, requiring him to continually seek out opportunities to expand his content knowledge. Mr. DuRoss’ professional interests focus on integrating technology into classroom instruction.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as the head coach of the New Hartford girls’ varsity soccer team, and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the Science Teacher Association of NYS.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. DuRoss has participated in The Safety of Genetically Engineered Foods, Measuring Global Climate Change, and The Changing Ecology of the Great Lakes mini-courses, a workshop on Pond Ecology, and is a member of the Project-Based Learning for Human Body Systems Professional Learning Team.

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Audrey Foote

New York Mills School District

Audrey Foote earned her BS in biology from Quinnipiac University, MS in Adolescent Education from Utica College, and MS in biology from the University of St. Joseph. Ms. Foote was guided by her mother and began her career in science when she was very young while working in the garden at home and discovering baby rabbits. Reading about the life cycle of rabbits, she found a love for science and how the world works. As an undergraduate, she completed a Summer Fellowship in the Molecular Cell Biology department at the Masonic Medical Research Lab in Utica and assisted her professors in the developmental biology research lab. Ms. Foote has been teaching for eight years, spending the last five at New York Mills teaching 7th grade science and Regents Chemistry.  She helps develop Chemistry curriculum for a Learning Management System and the elementary science curricula at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services. Ms. Foote is also an active member of the Utica Curling Club and has played in the United States Women’s Curling Association National Bonspiel. She is looking forward to continuing the path her mother set for her at a young age: learning at every possible moment and opportunity. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Foote plans to participate in the Mohawk Valley’s 2015 Summer Institute @ the Oswegatchie Educational Center.

JoAnn FredetteJoAnn Fredette

Schenevus School District

JoAnn Fredette earned her BS from The College of Saint Rose, and her MS from SUNY Oneonta. Mrs. Fredette has been teaching various grade levels and STEM subjects for 24 years, and her teaching experiences range from presenting a live interactive grade school science series at a television studio in Toledo, Ohio, to the science labs at Schenevus Central School where she teaches Regents Living Environment and Regents Chemistry.  She is constantly on the lookout for novel and effective ways to approach science with her students by attending workshops during summer, creating videos for her flipped lessons, concocting a new lab in her kitchen, or “shopping” for unique items at garage sales.  Her favorite part of teaching is watching the moment a student truly understands the concept. Those “light bulb” moments keep her excited about returning to the classroom each day.  Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Fredette likes to garden, paint botanical specimens, and read “nerdy” books. Most often, you’ll find her encouraging her three sons and their love for learning, and working as a roadie for their band, “Skinny Guys with Glasses.”  Mrs. Fredette looks forward to attending many of the NYS Master Teacher Program professional development activities planned for this summer.

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Richard GalloRichard Gallo

Remsen School District

Richard Gallo earned his BA in Secondary Education with minors in both Biology and Chemistry from SUNY Oneonta and MA in Instruction and Curriculum from SUNY Oswego. Mr. Gallo has certifications in earth science, general science, living environment, and is authorized to teach Advanced Placement Biology by College Board. Mr. Gallo has used these certifications to teach more than 10 different courses during his 15 year career in public education. He is very active in Remsen Central School, where he teaches and Adirondack Central School, where he serves as the Board of Education Vice President. Mr. Gallo is a member of the district’s Technology Committee, Remsen Teacher Resource Center Policy Board, and has served as a mentor for new educators in his school. Community involvement is also important to Mr. Gallo and led him to be a LEGO Robotics coach as well as an active member of the Boonville Environmental Council. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Gallo looks forward to working with others in his region to provide the most high quality science education for all students in the Mohawk Valley Region.

Sarah L. GatesSarah Gates

New York Mills School District

Sarah L. Gates earned her MS in Education and BS in Biology from Utica College and teaches Living Environment and Advanced Placement Biology at New York Mills Union Free School District. A strong advocate for inquiry based learning, she engages her students in learning science through exploration and discovery.  She strongly believes in the old adage, “Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.”  Her professional interests focus on exploratory approaches to learning science in everyday life, and her current projects include expanding student involvement in the Medical Olympiad and Regional Science Fair, as well as development of an online Living Environment Course.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is co-advisor for the senior class, coordinator of her schools Medical Olympiad Team and Science Fair, member of the Technology Committee, Building Leader Team, the Science Teacher Association of NYS, and the National Science Teachers Association. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she has taken the Changing Ecology of the Great Lakes mini-course and a workshop on population genetics, and co-facilitated a talk at the annual professional development conference entitled “On the Biology Teacher’s Bookshelf.”

AnneMarie Giles

Amsterdam City School District

AnneMarie Giles earned her BA in Biology from Hartwick College, and MS in Education from SUNY at Albany. In the classroom for 15 years, Ms. Giles teaches Regents Biology 9 CP at Amsterdam High School.

Ralph GrecoRalph Greco

Whitesboro School District

Ralph Greco earned his BA in physics from Potsdam College, and MA in Science teaching from Syracuse University. He holds National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adulthood Science, is a certified GlobalLearning and Observation toBenefit the Environment (GLOBE) program instructor, and a NASA Moon Rock Certified Instructor.  In the classroom for 23 years, Mr. Greco teaches Earth Science and physics at Whitesboro High School.  An advocate of student-centered, problem-based learning and technology integration to enhance student learning, Mr. Greco enjoys teaching STEM because of the relevance of the topics in his students’ everyday activities.  As Science Club Advisor, Mr. Greco has coached several students in local and national science fair competitions. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Greco is an item writer for the National Board, an online curriculum developer for Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), and an active member of the National Science Teachers Association. Within the NYS MTP, Mr. Greco has participated in The Geoscience of Hydro-fracturing and The Changing Ecology of the Great Lakes mini-courses, the Ashokan Retreat designed and facilitated by the NYC Region and is a member of the Project-Based Learning Professional Learning Team.

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Krista HarwickKrista Harwick

Ilion School District

Krista Harwick earned her BS in Animal Science from Cornell University and teaches Living Environment, Ecology, and Advanced Placement Biology at Central Valley Academy. The 2014-2015 school year will mark her eleventh year of teaching.  With a background that includes three months studying wildlife management in Kenya, and certification as a Master Naturalist through Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ms. Harwick is a strong advocate for experiential learning techniques.  She involves students in field research and data analysis to promote a deeper understanding of scientific principles and inquiry methods.  As the advisor for her district’s Ecology Club, current projects include replenishing school grounds through plantings, and starting a vegetable garden that uses food waste as compost to supply supplemental food for the cafeteria.  She was recently honored with the Environmental Science Teacher of the Year Award by the Herkimer County Soil and Water Conservation District. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Harwick has participated in the Population Genetics Workshop, The Safety of Genetically Engineered Foods, and The Changing Ecology of the Great Lakes mini-courses, and is a member of the Biologists' Bookshelf Professional Learning Team.

Loreen HobartLoreen Hobart

Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District

Loreen Hobart earned her A.S. in science from Herkimer County Community College, her B.S. in Biology and Secondary Education from SUNY Cortland, and her M.S. in Education from Walden University. She teaches Living Environment and AP Biology at Frankfort-Schuyler Central School and tutors homebound students. At Frankfort-Schuyler, Loreen has mentored new teaches and advised the Senior High National Honor Society and the Senior High Student Council. Mrs. Hobart was selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching by the National Society of High School Scholars and has taught night classes as an adjunct professor of nutrition at Herkimer County Community College for several years. Loreen is an avid enthusiast of the outdoors and all things related to science, and she encourages this in her 3 children, who are her greatest joys. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Hobart has attended The Biology of Cancer mini-course and facilitated a session at the 2017 NYSMTP Annual Conference in Albany on engaging ways to use podcasts in the science classroom. She looks forward to continuing collaboration with other master teachers from across the state on strengthening the sciences in our schools.

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Gregory KichtonGregory Kichton

Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District

Gregory Kichton earned his BS in physics with a minor in education from SUNY Albany, MS in Computer Science Education from Union College, and Associate of Applied Science in Non-Destructive Testing from Schenectady County Community College. A science and technology educator at the Cobleskill-Richmondville high school for the past 29 years, Mr. Kichton currently teaches physics, Principles of Engineering, Introduction to Computer Programming, and Metalworking. Mr. Kichton also serves as the High School Science Department Chairman, is a member of the High School Data Inquiry Team, and is an advisor to the Environmental Science Club. He is fond of saying, “Motivated teachers motivate students”, and takes this advice to heart by constantly experimenting with new tools and techniques to motivate himself and his students to investigate STEM-related ideas and activities. Since joining the NYS Master Teacher Program he has been part of a Professional Learning Team focused on peer instruction via video. During the summer, Mr. Kichton can often be found in his garage at Lake St. Catherine in Vermont, working on his antique Volkswagen Beetles and all manner of things mechanical, electrical, and industrial.

Deborah KiskielDeborah Kiskiel

Sherrill School District

Deborah Kiskiel earned her BA in Science and Math Education from SUNY College at Potsdam and her MEd from SUNY Cortland.  A middle school math and science teacher for 22 years, Mrs. Kiskiel started her career at her alma mater, Adirondack Central School District.  Currently, she teaches middle school science and Academic Intervention Services (AIS) Math at Vernon Verona Sherrill Central School District.  She is a Team Leader in her building, and serves on building and district level committees.  Mrs. Kiskiel is part of a committee developing an accelerated science program for middle school students and implementing an interdisciplinary project based learning with a focus on STEAM. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Kiskiel has participated in the mini-course about the Geoscience of Natural Hydro-Fracturing and various workshops. Mrs. Kiskiel’s favorite part about teaching STEM is being able to give her students the opportunities to be active learners by completing laboratory investigations, projects, and activities that teach students how to think like scientists and to collaborate, the latter being  a lifelong skill that every person needs.

Jon KrawiecJon Krawiec

Waterville School District

Jon Krawiec earned his BS in Geochemistry and Geology from SUNY Oswego and MA in Education with a concentration in Geosciences from SUNY New Paltz.  In the classroom for 17 years, he teaches Regents Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics at Waterville Central School.  Mr. Krawiec is an advocate of hands-on inquiry based learning. For this reason, Mr. Krawiec’s professional interests focus on workshops that help him design and build simulators that his students can later manipulate and use to further their understanding of scientific concepts.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Krawiec has been Science Department Head, Education Specialist for New York State Education Department, and a member of the Science Affiliates of Colgate College and of the Geologic Society of America.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Krawiec has attended various workshops, including one on hydro-fracturing and another on invertebrates.  Mr. Krawiec’s favorite part of teaching STEM is the investigative nature of science. He enjoys helping his students make observations in search of their own understanding of why thing are the way they are.

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Dana Lindfield-Wadnola

Whitesboro School District

Dana Lindfield-Wadnola earned her BA in Biology and Master of Science in Teaching in Biology from SUNY Potsdam.  In the classroom for 16 years, Ms. Lindfield-Wadnola teaches Living Environment and Regents Chemistry at Whitesboro High School.

Jakob LutkeJakob Lutke

Mohawk School District

Jake Lutke earned his BS in physics and mathematics from SUNY Albany and his MS in Secondary Education from Utica College.  He has been teaching Physics and general sciences for 11 years and is currently at Central Valley Academy. A strong advocate for hands-on, inquiry-based learning, he involves his students in problem solving and technology infused activities and projects.  He has recently introduced two teaching strategies into his classroom: The Flipped Classroom and Modeling Physics.  His professional interests focus on nanoscience and nanotechnology and raising student awareness of the future opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  His current projects include work with the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services Video Project and the Regents Physics Curriculum Development Team.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Lutke has participated in The Safety of Genetically Engineered Foods and Fractals & 3D Processing mini-courses.  Mr. Lutke wants all to know that he is a huge Syracuse University Orange Basketball fan!

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Teresa MannTeresa Mann

Oriskany School District

Teresa Mann earned her BS in biology from Utica College, MS in Reading Education from SUNY Cortland, and completed a Leadership Academy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  Mrs. Mann has considered it a privilege to spend the past 21 years teaching science at Oriskany Central School, and wants everyone to know that “her chemistry students matter,” she has “gr8 science students,” she loves having “phun” with her physics students and she enjoys coaching a middle school level Odyssey of the Mind Team. Mrs. Mann considers her active participation in many professional associations including the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Regional Curriculum Development Committee, the Central NY Physics Alliance Network, the Science Teachers Association of NYS, and the Oriskany Central School District Mentor Teacher Internship Program important to providing her with  opportunities to continuously grow, support her colleagues and improve educational opportunities for students. She is excited about a new partnership with Onondaga Community College that will allow her to offer College Credit Now Physics to Oriskany students.  Mrs. Mann is looking forward participating in the NYS Master Teacher Program because she expects to be challenged and supported by a strong and dedicated community of outstanding and generous science teacher colleagues.

Mark McFarlandMark McFarland

New Hartford School District

Mark McFarland earned his BA in Mathematics from Utica College of Syracuse University, and MS in Adolescence Education from Utica College. In the classroom for nine years, Mr. McFarland currently teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics and Common Core Geometry at New Hartford High School. During his time at New Hartford, he was awarded an AP Access STEM Grant for a high level of achievement while increasing enrollment and participation in AP Statistics amongst minority and female students. He was also recognized as a Genesis Outstanding Education in the Mohawk Valley Region. Mr. McFarland is currently the Boys’ Varsity Soccer coach and Boys’ Varsity Swim coach at New Hartford High School. He has led the swim team to 4 Section III Class B Championships in six years, and was named Coach of the Year three times. He is also a Junior Class Advisor and helps with fundraising and coordinating for the Junior Class prom each year. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. McFarland is looking forward to collaborating with other Master Teachers in Mohawk Valley and across NYS to help bring best practices to the classroom and enhance the learning process for all students.

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Michael NachemanMichael Nacheman

Broadalbin-Perth Central School District

Michael Nacheman earned his BS in Education from SUNY Oswego, and MS in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Plattsburgh.  Michael spent three years working as the science coordinator at the Saratoga Independent School where he was able to differentiate many scientific activities for the students and community members.  For the past ten years, Michael has been teaching middle school science at the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District (BPCSD).  Here he has the opportunity to coordinate the science club, work on many professional committees, and has helped bring various STEM activities to his sixth grade students. Michael also serves on an advisory board at BPCSD that helps to provide teachers with meaningful professional development options.  In his free time, Michael enjoys skiing, biking and hiking in the Adirondack playground as well as spending time with his family.   He is excited to be a part of the NYS Master Teacher Program and looks forward to collaborating with other members of Professional Learning Teams across the state.

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Andre ParadisAndre Paradis

New Hartford School District

Andre Paradis earned his BS in Zoology with a minor in Genetics from North Carolina State University, MS in Science Education from Syracuse University, and National Board Certification in Science. Beginning his 20th year teaching, Mr. Paradis has taught numerous courses including Chemistry, Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Forensics. Through a grant from Google and The College Board to increase under-represented student populations in STEM, Mr. Paradis started an AP Environmental Science (APES) course. The most exciting part of APES is the opportunity to travel with students to Costa Rica, which gives the students a chance to engage with a nation that makes environmental concerns a top priority. Students study field ecology and geology, agriculture, energy, and sustainability. Mr. Paradis also serves as the Science Department Chair and Advisor for Science Olympiad. He is the Head Coach and Executive Director for the Clinton Cudas Swim Club with athletes ranging from beginners to NCAA champions. Mr. Paradis was the recipient of First Source Credit Union “My Favorite Teacher” Award. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Paradis is interested in deepening his content knowledge, especially climate change, and other environmental issues. He is looking forward to mentoring pre-service and new science teachers.

Carol PierceCarol Pierce

Oneonta School District

Carol Pierce earned her BA in mathematics from Hartwick College, along with her teaching certificate, and her MA in mathematics from SUNY Albany.   All throughout her six years of college math, Mrs. Pierce was able to maintain a 4.0 grade point average.  For 15 years, she has been teaching various math classes at Oneonta High School (OHS), the same school she graduated from as valedictorian in 1994.  In addition to teaching at OHS, Mrs. Pierce serves as the Senior Class Advisor, regularly attends Network Team Institute trainings in Albany and works as an adjunct professor at Hartwick College.  Mrs. Pierce works hard to motivate her students, especially those who find mathematics challenging, and is often heard saying to students, “I’ve cried more tears over math than you have.  Together we can figure this problem out and then you’ll feel like the smartest person in the world!”  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Pierce is looking forward to collaborating with outstanding STEM teachers from all over the state and bringing her collaborative experiences back to her OHS family.

Joseph PowersJoseph Powers

Cooperstown Central School District

Joseph Powers earned his BS in Physics Education from the State University of New York College at Oneonta, and his MS in Physics Education from SUNY College at Buffalo. Mr. Powers has been in the Cooperstown Central School District for 5 years, teaching Physics, Chemistry, and Unified Science. He is currently offering College Now Physics and College Now Chemistry. He has been a member of the Individual Support Team, Inquiry Team, Honor Society Committee, and coaches boys Modified Track. Outside the classroom, Mr. Powers was a participant of the Cornell Institute for Physics Teachers, and has collaborated with the Cooperstown Technology Department to create interactive robotics units, and promote interests in robotics and nanotechnology. Outside of school, Mr. Powers enjoys hiking, camping, and canoeing throughout the areas surrounding Otsego County and in the Adirondack Mountains. He strives to make science applicable through his own experiences, and the shared experiences of his students. Mr. Powers is looking forward to his participation in the NYS Master Teacher Program for the opportunity to expand his knowledge of science education and to collaborate with area school teachers.

Dwight PutnamDwight Putnam, Jr.

Whitesboro School District

Dwight “Buzz” Putnam, Jr. is a 30-year veteran Physics/Nanotechnology instructor at Whitesboro High School and 6-12 Science Department Chairman.  He earned his MS in Science Education from SUNY Albany and is certified in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.  Mr. Putnam loves teaching STEM courses, especially his latest course offering, Introduction to Nanotechnology, where he developed a hands-on, lab-based nanotech course for juniors and seniors.  Students built Solar Cells, photographed snowflake crystals, calculated the thickness of an oil slick and built LEGO Atomic Force Microscopes.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Putnam has been a Physics Teachers Lab Development Team member at the Center for NanoScale Systems Institute at Cornell University, an adjunct faculty member in the Physics and Education Departments at Utica College, and presenter and coordinator for the television production of “Regents Science...Live!”, a live student call-in televised NYS Regents Exam Review Program.  He also is the Play-by-Play Announcer for EZStream Internet Video Football, a Public Address Announcer for Upstate NY Basketball games, certified basketball official and baseball umpire. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Putnam has participated in The Geoscience of Hydro-fracturing mini-course and the Ashokan Retreat designed and facilitated by the NYC region.

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Cory RanerCory Raner

Oneonta School District

Cory Raner earned his BS in Earth Science Education from Alfred University, and MSEd in science from Walden University. In the classroom for 11 years, Mr. Raner teaches 6th/7th Grade General Science at Oneonta Middle School. He has also coached football at Hartwick College, and baseball and football at his school. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, Mr. Raner has chaperoned 8th grade science trips to the Grand Canyon, mentored student and first year teachers, been a member of the Oneonta YMCA Board and  his school’s Building team, and is planning the science-focus of the 6th grade trip to Washington DC.   Mr. Raner was also co-owner of a southern BBQ catering and concessions business, and in his free time, he still likes to slow cook brisket, ribs, put on pig roasts, and make homemade jerky. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, he has participated in various mini-courses, including the Geosciences of Hydro-Fracturing, Measuring Global Climate Change, The Changing Ecology of the Great Lakes, and 3D Printing. He is also a member of the Problem/Project Based Learning in Middle School Science Professional Learning Team, and is looking forward to co-facilitating the summer Oswegatchie Educational Center Retreat with and for his fellow Master Teachers from across the state.

Danielle ReaderDanielle Reader

Whitesboro School District

Danielle Crowe Reader earned her BS in Biology and Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University, and MS in Education from Utica College. In the classroom for 14 years, Ms. Reader currently teaches Living Environment, Forensics, Environmental Science, Earth Science, and Issues and Ethics in Science at Whitesboro High School. Ms. Reader’s passion for learning extends beyond the borders of the USA: She studied environmental issues in Kenya and Tanzania, and co-led a student trip to England and Ireland. Possessing a love of nature, Ms. Reader volunteered for the Adirondack Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Program performing conservation and preservation duties as well as environmental education. Ms. Reader has always enjoyed working collaboratively with colleagues across disciplines, and is looking forward to working with the Master Teachers in all regions. As a NYS Master Teacher, she attended cohort meetings, presented a workshop at the Oswegatchie Summer Institute and attended the NYS MTP Annual PD Conference. “The purpose of life is not to be happy.  It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Erika RobertErika Robert

Schoharie School District

Erika Robert earned her AA from SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, BA in mathematics, and MA in education from SUNY Albany. In the classroom for over 17 years, Ms. Robert teaches Regents Algebra 2 & Trigonometry, Precalculus at Schoharie Central School. A proponent of creative writing in mathematics, her students write essays about process, “Mad Libs,” comic strips and advertisements. Ms. Robert enjoys learning and implementing new technology in her classes, and spent two weeks in Tennessee at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories Math Science and Technology Institute.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Robert is the Math Department Chairperson, and an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS. Ms. Robert was named Teacher of the Year at Schoharie Central School in 2007. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she has participated in the workshop Using Local Resources to Teach STEM, min-courses including Population Genetics, and Fractals & 3D Processing, and is a member of Developing Algebra 2 common Core Resources Professional Learning Team.

Eileen RothEileen Roth

New Hartford Central School District

Eileen Roth earned her B.S. in Special Education with a concentration in Mathematics and an M.S. in Education, both from SUNY Geneseo. Ms. Roth holds certifications in four different areas of education and is the recipient of the Rotary Outstanding Educator Award. Eileen teaches Algebra II and Precalculus at New Hartford Senior High School.  She strongly believes in creating an educational environment in which students feel safe, encouraged, and inspired.  Ms. Roth advises the Junior Class and has served as Mathletics Coach, Varsity Cheerleading Coach, Senior Awards Committee member, and mentor for two new faculty members. Eileen has served as Cheer Assistant Coach at Colgate University, captained teams for America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk, and taken numerous pies in the face at the New Hartford Senior High School’s Pep Rallies.  As a Master Teacher, Ms. Roth co-facilitated a session at the NYSMTP 2017 Annual Conference in Albany about her PLT’s experience designing and leading a Mohawk Valley math conference “We’re All in This Together: A Day of Sharing Mathematics”, attended a workshop on Scanning Electron Microscopy, and participated in several workshops on integrating technology. She is grateful to be a part of the Master Teacher Program and looks forward to continuing to collaborate with and learn from other dynamic educators. 

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Daniel M. SeigersDaniel Seigers

Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School District

Daniel M. Seigers earned his BS and MS in Education with a concentration in Biology from SUNY Oneonta and teaches middle, and high school science at Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School. A teacher for eight years, Mr. Seigers is a strong supporter of health and fitness as a complement to STEM education. Mr. Seigers’ professional interests focus on science technology, evolution, and animal behavior. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Seigers serves as the head coach of the Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Varsity Track and Field and Cross-Country programs.  He is a competitive distance runner who has been nationally ranked in various ultra marathon distances of 50 to 100 miles. Mr. Seigers favorite part about teaching STEM is that there is always something new and cutting edge to learn about, keeping STEM education fresh and inviting for both teachers and students.  With the NYS Master Teacher Program, he is excited to help to provide the best STEM education for youth in public schools.  A life-long learner, Mr. Seigers is inspired by the words of Cornelius Bernardus Van Neil,    Dutch-American microbiologist: “In essence, science is a perpetual search for an intelligent and integrated comprehension of the world we live in.”

Kathryn SilvestriKathryn Silvestri

New Hartford Central School District

Kathryn Silvestri received her B.S. in Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.S. in Chemistry at SUNY Stony Brook.  After 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry as an analytical carbohydrate chemist, Ms. Silvestri completed her education courses at Utica College and entered the field of teaching. Ms. Silvestri teaches Regents chemistry, AP Chemistry and Forensics at New Hartford Senior High School.  Prior to New Hartford, she taught at Whitesboro High School.  Ms. Silvestri currently serves as the Sanger Chapter National Honor Society advisor, Senior Awards Committee member and School Tools transition coach. She previously served as head union representative for several years and as member of the Secondary Science Curriculum Committee.  Outside of school, Kathryn enjoys attending her son’s musical performances and watching Formula 1 racing with him.  Excited about joining the Master Teacher Program, Ms. Silvestri hopes to establish an AP Chemistry workshop and she looks forward to collaborating with other Master Teachers and participating in Professional Learning Teams across the region.  

Jennifer SittsJennifer Sitts

Oneonta School District

Jennifer Sitts earned her BA in Mathematics at Hartwick College, and MS in Mathematics Education at SUNY Oneonta. She currently teaches Advanced Placement Calculus and Statistics at Oneonta High School where she has been since the fall of 1994. Over her 21 years of teaching, she has taught different levels of Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and summer school classes. In 2010, she was named as a Scholar Recognition Teacher, and in 2011 she started teaching as an adjunct at Hartwick College. Outside of class, she has coached modified girls soccer, advised the Service Club, National Honor Society, and teams for academic competitions. She serves as a mentor for new teachers/students, classroom participators/observers, and participates on the Building Team. Outside of school, she gives piano lessons, accompanies for various organizations, and loves watching her three sons play sports. Her goals for her students include increasing their confidence in higher level mathematics courses, and using their strengths in mathematics for other disciplines. She is looking forward to collaborating with other teachers in the NYS Master Teacher Program and bringing more mathematics electives to Oneonta High School.

Stacey SmithStacey Smith

Holland Patent School District

Stacey Merrigan Smith earned her BS in biology from Bucknell University and MS in Outdoor/Environmental Education from SUNY Cortland, and teaches general science at Holland Patent Middle School. Over the course of her 13 years of teaching, Mrs. Smith strives to foster student growth in 21st century skills.  During the 2013-2014 school year, Mrs. Smith helped introduce and incorporate a STEM/STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) model to the 8th grade program. This multi-discipline, collaborative, inquiry-based approach to teaching the core curriculum includes classroom activities that promote 21st century skills and connect to real world issues. Using a Professional Learning Community model and flexible scheduling, the cross-curricular team uses common curricular language and designs challenges for cooperative learning groups. Mrs. Smith was instrumental in producing a STEAM website, blog, and analysis of survey data generated throughout STEAM’s first year. Mrs. Smith is an experienced grant writer and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Holland Patent Teacher Center Policy Board. She was honored with the Mohawk Valley Education Distinguished Service Award. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Smith has participated in various workshops including Project-based Learning and Population Genetics, and is a member of the Middle School Collaborative Lesson Planning Professional Learning Team.

Tracy SmithTracy Smith

Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District

Tracy L. Smith earned her BA in mathematics from Alfred University and MSEd in Secondary Mathematics Education from SUNY Brockport. In the classroom for 17 years, she teaches Regents Algebra 2 & Trigonometry, Regents Common Core Algebra 1, and Advanced Placement Calculus AB at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Smith is a member of her school’s inquiry team and has been active in the Cobleskill-Richmondville Teachers’ Association, serving as President the last four years, and is a member of the Psi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international group dedicated to promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Ms. Smith has also been a turn-key trainer in Silver & Strong’s Thoughtful Education & Learning Styles, and Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching. As a STEM teacher, she most enjoys helping students see the connections between mathematics and the world around them. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Smith has participated in the Fractals & 3D Processing mini-course, the workshops at STEM Saturday, and is a member of the Nanotechnology in Math Professional Learning Team.

Christopher SnellChristopher Snell

Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District

Christopher Snell earned his B.A. in Mathematics with a concentration in Adolescent Education from Utica College, his M.Ed. in Teaching with Technology from Western Governors University, and a degree in Computer Science. Mr. Snell teaches Financial Algebra, Geometry, and AP Calculus at Frankfort-Schuyler Central High School. He also serves as the advisor to the Computer Science/STEM Club at the high school and teaches Calculus, Physics for Engineers, and Differential Equations at the college level. As a strong advocate for technology in education, he has led teams in development of mathematical curricula and Learning Management Systems and has run his classroom utilizing a plethora of technology. Christopher enjoys mathematical research with prime numbers and other number theory topics, but most of all loves spending time with his family. As a Master Teacher he hopes to work collectively with other teachers to branch mathematics across other disciplines and to bring passion for mathematics to students by developing ways to build their respect for it through applications. He is inspired by Albert Einstein’s quote: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Sarah SorgeSarah Sorge

Waterville Central School District

Sarah Sorge earned her B.S. in Biology and her M.S. in Liberal Studies from Utica College and attained her teaching credentials in Adolescent Education from Le Moyne College. Prior to teaching, Sarah worked as a research assistant in Neuroscience at Utica College with a somatosensory focus on hearing, balance, and proprioception. As an educator, Ms. Sorge’s focuses on bringing technology to the classroom via the use of iPads and Chromebooks and on the use of brain-based learning strategies. Sarah has experience teaching in private, public, and charter schools and currently teaches Living Environment and AP Biology at Waterville Jr./Sr. High School. She previously taught AP Biology, Living Environment, Field Studies, Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Health at middle and high school levels. Outside of her high school classroom, Sarah is an adjunct instructor of Biology at Mohawk Valley Community College. She encourages her students to view themselves as a part of the greater community and the world and to challenge their perceptions regarding science and the natural world. Above all, Sarah has an insatiable thirst for knowledge and is excited about working with other Master Teachers in their Professional Learning Teams, presenting and attending conference whenever possible, and bringing new educational opportunities to her students.

Anita StabrowskiAnita Stabrowski

Broadalbin-Perth Central School District

Anita Stabrowski earned her BS from Western Illinois University, MSEd from the University of Rochester, and National Board Certification in 2008. Ms. Stabrowski originally wanted to be a scientist, and in graduate school started on that path but found teaching to be much more fun and rewarding. In the classroom for 25 years, she teaches science at Broadalbin-Perth Middle School. Seeing science from both the classroom and the laboratory perspectives, Ms. Stabrowski believes that science inquiry is the mainstay of science education. She encourages her students to produce independent science research projects, and her students have participated in science competitions for many years. Ms. Stabrowski notes that she must stretch her own imagination because her students generate more and more sophisticated research ideas. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Stabrowski served as a faculty trainer focusing on effective science instruction for her district, and she considers the NYS Master Teacher Program as a fundamental resource in that endeavor.  With the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Stabrowski has participated in various workshops including Climate Change and “Nov-stem-ber” with the Capital Area School Development Association, and is a member of the Middle School Integrated Curriculum Professional Learning Team.

John StylesJohn Styles

Schoharie School District

John Styles earned his BS in chemistry from Siena College and MA and PhD in philosophy from SUNY Albany. His dissertation was in the area of philosophy of science and focused on exploring the role that metaphor plays in the development of scientific theories.  In the classroom for 20 years, Dr. Styles currently teaches Regents Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry at Schoharie Junior-Senior High School. For two years, Dr. Styles taught chemistry to students from NATO and European Union member countries at the international high school of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization military headquarters in Belgium. During the summer, Dr. Styles teaches formal logic at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. In addition to his high school classroom responsibilities, he coaches the Odyssey of the Mind and Science Olympiad, teaches a micro course in science for the elementary students, and advises the Philosophy and the Logic clubs (both of which he founded). Dr. Styles is very interested in helping his students appreciate the relationship between logic and STEM subjects. Working in a small rural school district as the only Chemistry teacher, Dr. Styles looks forward to the regular opportunity to discuss and collaborate on issues and topics directly related to his teaching with other Master Teachers.

John SunderlandJohn Sunderland

Canajoharie Central School District

John Sunderland earned his B.A. in Biology from SUNY Geneseo and his M.S. in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany. Mr. Sunderland teaches in the Canajoharie Central School District and, moving between the middle school and high school, has taught eighth grade physical science, accelerated Regents Earth Science, Regents Biology/Living Environment, Environmental Science, and Forensic Science - an elective course he created and implemented. Mr. Sunderland currently teaches intermediate level and accelerated Regents Earth Science. He created a Middle School Science Club that puts on a yearly science fair and takes trips to science museums in Boston and New York City. Over the years, John has coached the modified basketball, modified baseball and varsity golf teams. In addition to his experiences at Canajoharie, Mr. Sunderland spent one school year as a Resident Teacher at the HFM BOCES Pathways in Technology Early College High School. While at PTECH, he taught a college-in-the-high-school course and co-taught in a project based, paper-light, innovative new high school. Outside of school, John enjoys the outdoors while kayaking, hiking, and camping. Mr. Sunderland looks forward to sharing knowledge, strategies and methodologies with other master teachers.

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John WarnerJohn Warner, Jr.

Whitesboro School District

John Lennon Warner Jr. began his career in 2002 after graduating from the SUNY Albany with a BS in Biology and a MSEd.  While an undergrad at Albany, he minored in chemistry and business.  Mr. Warner teaches Regents Living Environment, Applied Science, Forensics, and Environmental Science at Whitesboro High School in Marcy.  During his tenure, Mr. Warner has also chemistry taught at the secondary school level.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is the Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach at SUNY-Poly in Utica.  Prior to that, he served as Head Coach of the varsity lacrosse program at Whitesboro.  He has always enjoyed a positive rapport with his colleagues, served as a cooperating teacher and is eagerly looking forward to working closely with his peer NYS Master Teachers across the state.  A lifelong learner, Mr. Warner’s mission is to consistently empower his students to achieve their true potential, and believes, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”  Just like Albert Einstein believed.

Kathleen WashburnKathleen Washburn

Clinton Central School District

Kathleen Washburn earned her B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Chemistry & Secondary Education from Utica College of Syracuse University and her M.S. in Education from SUNY Cortland. Mrs. Washburn teaches Regents Living Environment, Chemistry, and SUPA (Syracuse University Project Advance) Biology at Clinton Central Schools and is an adjunct faculty member of Syracuse University. Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, then you don’t understand it well enough,” and Mrs. Washburn is always seeking clear explanations and connections that help her students value and appreciate science. She has been an online science curriculum developer for BOCES and is the co-advisor of Science Olympiad and Rachel’s Warriors at her school. Mrs. Washburn serves on the Clinton Teacher Association’s Executive Board as a building representative and Political Action Coordinator and on the High School Awards Committee.  Her professional interests include aquatic biology, promoting student-centered learning, and technology in the classroom. Kathleen enjoys spending time with her family hiking, beach-combing and traveling. She is excited to be part of the Master Teacher Program where she can work with colleagues to share ideas and passion for science, and she looks forward to summer Marine Biology workshops in the Hamptons.

Justin WiedrickJustin Wiedrick

Adirondack Central School District

Justin Wiedrick earned his BS in Elementary Education and Mathematics, MS in Literacy Education from SUNY Oswego, and is certified in Elementary Education and Literacy and 7-12 Mathematics.  In the classroom for more than 15 years, Mr. Wiedrick has taught 5th through 10th grade mathematics. Currently at Adirondack Central, Mr. Wiedrick teaches 6th Grade Mathematics, and has coached multiple levels of football, basketball, baseball, softball, and lacrosse.  He has also taught multiple levels of summer school and ran an after school program that helped at-risk middle school students succeed in and out of the traditional school setting.
Mr. Wiedrick is devoted to fitness and the outdoors and aspires to become an Adirondack 46er, climbing the 46 major peaks of NYS Adirondack Mountains, along with his wife and dogs of course.  Justin is an avid sports fan who abides by the Arthur Ashe quote, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Wiedrick is eager to assist in the preparation of new and pre-service teachers, working with his peer Master Teachers to share good teaching practices, and joining a Professional Learning Team that will advance mathematical teaching methods and the profession as a whole.

Scott WilliamsScott Williams

Sherrill School District

Scott Williams received his BS in Adolescent Mathematical Education from SUNY Cortland, and MSEd in Leadership and Instruction for Inclusive Classrooms from Utica College.  He’s been teaching for 11 years at his alma mater, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.  During his tenure, Mr. Williams has taught 15 different Mathematics courses and currently teaches Advanced Placement Calculus, Pre-Calculus Honors, and Algebra 2 Common Core and is an Adjunct Professor at Mohawk Valley Community College.  In the past, Mr. Williams channeled his love of sports into coaching baseball, tennis, and volleyball across 14 seasons before taking a hiatus after his first of three beautiful children was born. Today, he enjoys playing pick-up games with friends in addition to engaging in outdoor activities with his family.  Because Mr. Williams believes that his profession goes beyond teaching students in a classroom, he also tutors, is an “Academic Assistant” for struggling students, and is the coordinator of the “Math Buddies” program.  He also teaches several mini-technology lessons during conference days and enjoys taking online courses to enrich his pedagogy.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Williams looks forward to collaborating with other STEM educators throughout New York State.

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Donna ZippinDonna Zippin

New Hartford School District

Donna Zippin earned her BS in Secondary Mathematics from SUNY Oneonta, MBA from University of Phoenix in San Jose, CA, and pursued graduate level coursework in Educational Administration through SUNY Albany and Cortland. In her 25 years of teaching, Mrs. Zippin has taught all levels of math from grades 7 through 12, and is currently teaching Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC at New Hartford Senior High. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Zippin has served as National Honor Society Advisor, Sophomore and Junior Class Advisors, MathCounts Coach, and currently serves as Mathematics Department Chair at New Hartford. She has presented at several Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS and Hudson Mohawk Valley Area Mathematics conferences. She was awarded the “My Favorite Teacher” recognition offered by First Source Federal Credit Union and WKTV. She is a firm believer in the need to mentor new teachers, and has worked with many college students through observation hours and student teaching placements. As a NYS Master Teacher, she is looking forward to working with and being challenged by other Master Teachers in her area.

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