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James AllottJames Allott

Potsdam School District

James Allott earned his BA in biology and his Master of Science in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam. Prior to his teaching career, Mr. Allott worked as a Respiratory Therapist at the Adirondack Medical Center. After over teaching 25 years and mentoring 20 student teachers, he remains passionate about his biology and chemistry courses at Potsdam High School where he also advises Student Council, the Junior Class and the Environmental Club. Mr. Allott enjoys maintaining the school’s vegetable garden and brings students to annual workshops such as the Adirondack Climate Summit. He has spent summers instructing at Upward Bound (St. Lawrence University) and, more recently, pursuing his STEM interests as a Research Educator in Biomechanical Engineering at Clarkson University.  Mr. Allott is currently the Head Coach for Clarkson’s Cross Country and Nordic Ski programs. He relentlessly attempts to impart the maxim, “Strong mind, strong body”. Serving by example, Mr. Allott couples his love of exercise physiology and goal-setting to accomplish such feats as the Boston Marathon, 50-mile trail runs and the Hawaii Ironman. As a NYS Master Teacher, he looks forward to participating in several upcoming events including the Annual Statewide Professional Development Conference, the NYS Master Teacher DNA Analysis and the North Country Region’s Year-end Retreat at Blue Mountain Lake.

Kristen AmesKristen Ames

Canton Central School District

Kristen Ames earned her BS in Secondary Biology Education from SUNY Cortland, MS in Secondary Education from SUNY Potsdam, and graduated from the NYS United Teachers Leadership Institute. In the classroom for 18 years, she teaches Living Environment at Hugh C. Williams High School in Canton. A lifelong learner, Mrs. Ames is active in her school and community. She serves as the Canton Central Teachers’ Association co-President where she strongly advocates for the professionals that serve public education. As a member of the Franklin-St Lawrence Educators’ Council, she is able to promote educational activities and work towards common goals of the North Country region. Mrs. Ames participates in statewide discussions of issues affecting science education through her participation on NYSUT’s Math, Science, and Technology Subject Area Committee. Additionally, Mrs. Ames serves on Assemblywoman Addie Russell’s Education Policy Advisory Group.

Robert AugustusRobert Augustus Jr.

Lafargeville School District

Robert Augustus Jr. earned his BS in mathematics from St. Lawrence University and MSEd in Secondary Mathematics Education from SUNY Potsdam. He graduated magna cum laude from St. Lawrence and also was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, a Math Honor Society. Mr. Augustus is in his 12th year as a Secondary Mathematics Teacher at LaFargeville Central School, where he began teaching after graduating from St. Lawrence. In addition to teaching at LaFargeville Central School, he is an Adjunct Math Instructor at Jefferson Community College, teaching classes such as Precalculus and Calculus I. He coached basketball for ten years and has been an advisor for the school’s Whiz Quiz and LaFargeville’s Sources of Strength Program for several years. Mr. Augustus also serves on his school’s Comprehensive District Education Plan, Technology, National Honor Society, Scholarship Committees and the Distance Education Committee at the local Board of Cooperative Educational Services. In his free time, he enjoys sports, reading, and traveling. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Augustus is looking forward to participating in various mini-courses, discussing and learning strategies for flipped classrooms, and working with and learning from so many great professionals throughout the North Country.

Tomorrah AverillTomorrah Averill

Edwards-Knox Central School District

Tomorrah Averill earned her A.S. in Math and Science from College of the Redwoods and B.S. in Oceanography from Humboldt State University, both located in northern California. She earned her M.Ed. from St. Lawrence University. While studying at HSU, Tomorrah earned Rescue Diving Certification and worked on the Research Vessel Coral Sea. Mrs. Averill teaches Earth Science, Physics, and Engineering, Research and Design at Edwards-Knox Central School. She also serves as the co-advisor of the National Honor Society and helps students in grades 4-8 with math homework in the Extended Day program. Mrs. Averill coaches the Varsity Swim Team, manages the pool, runs an after school swim program and teaches an American Red Cross lifeguarding course. Tomorrah first became interested in teaching while helping Girl Scouts earn a badge at a Marine Day workshop. As a New York State Master Teacher, Mrs. Averill looks forward to collaborating with other science teachers in the region to revitalize her classroom, curriculum and lab experiences.

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Deborah BabcockDeborah Babcock

Thousand Islands School District

Deborah Babcock earned her BS in Mathematics with a concentration in Education from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, and MS in Instructional Technology and Media Management from SUNY Potsdam. Ms. Babcock has been in the classroom for 21 years, and currently teaches Advanced Placement Calculus AB, Algebra 2 Common Core, and Intermediate Algebra at her high school alma mater, Thousand Islands Central. Ms. Babcock is the Advisor for the Class of 2016, the Class of 2019, and the Interact Club, and serves on the PLATO Committee which oversees an online program for mathematics credit recovery. Ms. Babcock is also an adjunct for Jefferson Community College, teaching Calculus 1 and Calculus 2. In 2013, she was honored as a Teacher of Excellence by NYS Senator Patty Ritchie. Ms. Babcock endeavors to make learning more meaningful by demonstrating the connections between mathematics and the world in which we live.  Always striving to be a more effective teacher, as a new member to the NYS Master Teacher Program, she looks forward to collaborating with others about teaching strategies that work in a STEM classroom.

Celeste BarkerCeleste Barker

Schroon Lake School District

Celeste (Cookie) Barker earned her BS in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, her MA in Zoology from Southern Illinois University, and her Science Education Certification from Colorado State University. In the classroom for 25 years, she teaches Regents Living Environment, Regents Chemistry, Human Ecology, and Contemporary Issues in Life Science at Schroon Lake Central School. Ms. Barker’s personal and professional interests have taken her to Churchill, Manitoba where she participated in research on the social behavior of male polar bears; to the Peruvian Amazon to study biodiversity; and to Rwanda to observe mountain gorillas in their native habitat. Ms. Barker has been honored as the Outstanding Biology Teacher in NYS through the National Association of Biology Teachers. She is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and an alumna of the Cornell Institute of Biology Teachers. She has presented workshops at regional, state and national conferences. Recently, she has been named to the NYS Education Department Steering Committee for Science Curriculum. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Barker is looking forward to working closely with fellow STEM teachers to develop guidelines for standards-based grading to enhance the science experience students receive.

Barbara BibbinsBarbara Bibbins

Belleville-Henderson Central School District

Barbara Bibbins earned her BS in Environmental Studies and Biology from St. Lawrence University, and Masters of Science in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam. Mrs. Bibbins has been teaching for 17 years, the past 15 years at Belleville Henderson Central School where she has taught middle level and Regents Earth Science. In the classroom, her goal is to strengthen her students’ abilities to think critically and problem solve. Outside the classroom, Mrs. Bibbins has organized STEM and science fairs, has been a Class Advisor for 13 years, serves on the Booster Club, and Odyssey of the Mind Coach for the district (where her children attend school). Mrs. Bibbins recently served as the District Coach on the Student Centered Coaching Team. Currently she is part of the district’s Curriculum Council, and Technology Teams. Outside of school, Mrs. Bibbins enjoys hiking, camping and canoeing in the Adirondacks with her family. As a NYS Master Teacher, she looks forward to participating in professional development opportunities that will assist her in meeting a wide variety of student needs and increasing student engagement. She is also interested in developing a more technology-based and less paper-driven classroom.

Darlene BissonetteDarlene Bissonette

Brasher Falls Central School District

Darlene Bissonette earned her BA in biology and MS in Secondary Education from SUNY Potsdam. In the classroom for 17 years, Mrs. Bissonette teaches Earth Science and physics at Brasher Falls Central High School. Mrs. Bissonette is a member of Science Teachers Association of NYS, and Clarkson University’s IMPETUS (Integrated Math and Physics for Entry to Undergraduate STEM) for Career Success and has served as the Myth Olympics Coach for high school students. After school, she enjoys providing hands on science activities to middle school students during the extended day program. Mrs. Bissonette recently completed the “Maury Project: Exploring the Physical Foundations of Oceanography,” sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in which she spent twelve days studying oceanography at the United Stated Naval Academy. Mrs. Bissonette is the Assistant Literacy across the Curriculum District Teacher Leader for the Brasher Falls Central School District and believes that improving literacy skills will benefit all students. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Bissonette is looking forward to participating in the mini-course on Chemistry and Physics in Earth Science.

Michelle BresettMichelle Bresett

Madrid-Waddington School District

Michelle Bresett earned her BA in Geology and MS in Instructional Technology and Media Management from SUNY Potsdam. She is also working towards physics certification through the SUNY Buffalo State’s Physics Teaching Pathways Program. Ms. Bresett has been in the classroom for 14 years and currently teaches Earth Science and Physics at Madrid-Waddington Central School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Bresett is advisor for several clubs including Lab Rats, Whiz Quiz and National Honor Society and coaches the Science Olympiad Team, a Clarkson University “Integrated Math and Physics for Entry to Undergraduate STEM” (IMPETUS) team. She also directs the high school musical. Ms. Bresett enjoys feeding her passion for geology by visiting national parks and her passion for music by singing with an a cappella group and playing guitar. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Bresett has participated in mini-courses, including Measuring Global Climate Change, and is currently focused on a robotics project. Her participation in Technology Day is evidenced by her recent incorporation of tablets and flipped classroom elements into her teaching practice.

Alison BrownAlison Brown

Beekmantown Central School District

Alison Brown earned a BS in Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and an MS in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. In the classroom 26 years, Mrs. Brown teaches Regents Living Environment and Field Biology at Beekmantown High School.  As a former outdoor educator, Mrs. Brown is a strong advocate for hands-on learning and practical application of content.  Her philosophy for teaching STEM is “students first develop an awareness of a topic, and then add knowledge to that awareness, culminating in action.”  She strives to promote her students to careers in science by using teaching skills that will lead to further science pursuits.  Her professional interests include fostering relationships between educators and pre-service teachers.  She serves as her district’s representative on the Policy Board of the North Country Teachers Resource Center.  She is an active member and past president of the Psi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators who advocate for the advancement of educational opportunities for women worldwide, and whose local mission is to support scholarships for pre-service educators at SUNY Plattsburgh.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Brown continues to develop leadership skills and partnerships with school administrators.

Catherine ButtsCatherine Butts

Peru Central School District

Catherine Butts earned her BS in Pomology, with minors in Entomology and Plant Pathology, from Cornell University and Master of Science in Teaching from the SUNY Plattsburgh.  In the classroom 22 years, she teaches Regents Living Environment and Environmental Science at Peru Junior/Senior High School.  A strong advocate of the importance of critical thinking, problem-solving, and brain-based learning, Mrs. Butts involves her students in labs and projects that develop inquiry skills.  Her professional interests focus on the environment and sustainability, and she serves as advisor for “Students Against a Vanishing Environment,” an environmentally conscious club very active in school, state and international initiatives.  Mrs. Butts is a member of the Cornell University Liberty Hyde Bailey Leadership Society, and the NYS Education Department’s “New York STEM Professional Development Program.” Outside of school, Mrs. Butts is a historical re-enactor participating in the Battle of Plattsburgh and other Living History programs.  Mrs. Butts shared with her biology colleagues content from labs, and the content information and resources related to evolution, both learned from her participation in the NYS Master Teacher Program.  This year she also applied what she learned from the program to modify the way the Living Environment Regents was administered to help maximize brain activity, focus, and memory retrieval.

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Patricia CannamelaPatricia Cannamela

Peru Central School District

Patricia Cannamela earned her Associates in Applied Chemical Technology from Mohawk Valley Community College, BS from Syracuse University, a MSEd from the University of New England, and graduate work at the University of Tennessee in Forensics.  In the classroom for 14 years, she teaches Honors Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Forensics at Peru High School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is a member of the College Board NY STEM group.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Cannamela has participated in various workshops, including the Nanotechnology and Nature’s Classroom, and is a member of the Lake Champlain Professional Learning Team.  She notes that there is a great deal of highly valuable collaboration and idea sharing that happens any time Master Teachers get together, and she has been able to share what she has learned with pre-and in-service teachers at her current school.

Scott CarterScott Carter

Ausable Valley Central School District

Scott Carter earned his BS in Elementary PreK-6 Education with a Biology 7-9 Extension, and MS in Reading Instruction PreK–12 from SUNY Plattsburgh. He has since earned New York State teaching certificates in Earth Science 7-12 and Biology 7-12. An educator for 15 years, he teaches the Living Environment, Honors Living Environment, Topics in Genetics, and 7th Grade Life Science at AuSable Valley Middle High School. In addition to his teaching activities, Mr. Carter has served as an Annual Professional Performance Review Committee Member, tutor/home school teacher, Class Advisor, and Student Council Advisor. He is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and National Association of Biology Teachers. Originally interested in becoming a Social Studies educator, Mr. Carter was inspired to enter the Science fields by SUNY Plattsburgh instructors Dr. Nancy Elwess and Sandra Latourelle. He is a proud father of three young children and is an active runner. He has completed 25 half-marathons, 5 marathons, and 2 Ragnar (overnight running relay) races over the last three years. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Carter looks forward to collaborating with his fellow Master Teachers to learn from their experiences and discover new ways to incorporate technology in the classroom.

Tammy CaseyTammy Casey

Lake Placid Central School District

Tammy Casey earned her BA in Math Education from SUNY Plattsburgh and MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. An educator for 14 years, she teaches Geometry and College Algebra at Lake Placid Central School.  Mrs. Casey involves her students in problem solving and discovery based learning activities that allow them to think outside the box and truly learn how to apply the math they see in the classroom.  Her professional interests focus on bringing technology into the classroom in appropriate and meaningful ways. An active member of the Association of Math Teachers of NYS (AMTNYS), Mrs. Casey regularly leads workshops and has published about the flipped classroom model.   Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Casey participated in a mini-course on data collection and the Technology Day with the North Country region.  She credits the professional learning team about inquiry learning for the shift in her classroom teaching, saying that her students are “owning their learning and more involved in class.”

Benita CataldoBenita Cataldo

South Jefferson Central School District

Benita Cataldo earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from Hartwick College and her Masters in Science Teaching from SUNY Potsdam. Mrs. Cataldo began her career as a research scientist at SUNY ESF before entering the classroom. She currently teaches Regents Chemistry, Elements of Chemistry, Living Environment and College Advanced Placement Chemistry at South Jefferson Central School. Mrs. Cataldo is an advocate of creating lifelong problem solvers who have increased interest and success in STEM careers through the use of technology and laboratory research practices in her classroom. She incorporates inquiry-based learning with student-centered activities that apply to real life situations. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Cataldo is a Class of 2017 advisor, swim coach, mentor to first year teachers, and member of policy-based decision-making committees. She also is a member of AACT and Delta Kappa Gamma, an honor society for women in education. Outside of school, Benita enjoys hiking, skiing, and traveling with her family. As a Master Teacher, she looks forward to collaborating with fellow STEM teachers and participating in mini-courses to increase her repertoire of problem-based instructional practices.

Glenn ClemensGlenn Clemens

Norwood-Norfolk School District

Glenn Clemens earned a BS in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MS in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), and an MS in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam, and is certified in both math and physics. Mr. Clemens has taught graduate level mathematics at AFIT for two years, and high school math for the past 24 years. He currently teaches Geometry, Precalculus, Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB and Statistics at Norwood-Norfolk High School. Mr. Clemens teaches AP Calculus distance learning to students at three school districts. Mr. Clemens and his wife Meg are the co-authors of four books: The Everything Kids’ Math Puzzles Book, Barron’s Regents Exams and Answers: Algebra 2/Trigonometry, E-Z Algebra 2, and Forgotten Algebra. Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Clemens served in the US Air Force doing mathematical analyses of weapon systems and personnel management. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Clemens looks forward to meeting and learning from other professional educators in the STEM fields.

Margaret ClemensMargaret Clemens

Canton Central School District

Margaret (Meg) Clemens earned her BA in Mathematics from Wellesley College, MS in Mathematics from Wright State University, MS in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam, and National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adulthood Mathematics. Mrs. Clemens has been a classroom teacher for 21 years. She currently teaches Algebra I, Precalculus and Advanced Placement Calculus AB at Hugh C. Williams High School. She is the Math Department Chair and serves on the HS Building Council and Scholarship Committee. Outside of school, Mrs. Clemens is a member of the Association of Math Teachers of NYS, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Last year, Mrs. Clemens facilitated professional development and regional grade level groups for HS Common Core Math for St Lawrence-Lewis BOCES. Moreover, she and her husband, Glenn, is the co-author of four books: The Everything Kids’ Math Puzzles Book, Barron’s Regents Exams and Answers: Algebra 2/Trigonometry, E-Z Algebra 2, and Forgotten Algebra. Before becoming a teacher, she served in the US Air Force conducting research on fighter avionics. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Clemens looks forward to learning and sharing as a part of an active network of professionals.

Troy Robert CreurerTroy Creurer

Madrid-Waddington School District

Troy Robert Creurer earned his BS in Math, Economics and Psychology from St. Lawrence University, and Master of Arts in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam. In the classroom for 13 years, Mr. Creurer teaches Algebra, Geometry, Precalculus, AP Calculus AB and Algebra II/Trigonometry Lab at Madrid Waddington Central School. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is the volleyball coach, former advisor to the “Whiz Quiz” Team and “Mathematical Modeling” teams which have competed in the Moody’s “Mega Math” challenge sponsored by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He is also the Treasurer and Co-President of the Madrid-Waddington Teachers' Association.  In his spare time, Mr. Creurer, volunteers with the local minor sports associations as soccer coach in the fall, hockey coach in the winter, and baseball coach in the spring. Summer is left for hiking in the Adirondacks with his family and spending time in Saskatchewan visiting family and friends. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Creurer is a member of the Algebra II Common Core Transition Professional Learning Team, the Book Study Group about “The Problem with Math is Reading,” and participated in various workshops on Technology Day.

Kelly CusanoKelly Cusano

Edwards-Knox Central School District

Kelly Cusano earned her B.A. in Mathematics & Secondary Education, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and her Master’s in Instructional Technology & Media Management from SUNY Potsdam. She was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and the Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society. As an undergraduate, Mrs. Cusano was an active member of the Equestrian Team. Mrs. Cusano currently teaches Math 7, Algebra II, and AP Calculus AB. In the past she has also taught Math 8 through Pre-Calculus, 7th grade Science, and College Algebra through Paul Smith’s College. She recently served as a District Teacher Leader through St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES where she helped facilitate the transition to Common Core Mathematics at the High School Level. She is currently a member of the Edwards-Knox Planning Team and Technology Committee. In her free time, Kelly and her husband enjoy camping, riding their motorcycle, and traveling to visit their grown children. Mrs. Cusano looks forward to the many opportunities for professional growth and collaboration with other Master Teachers that are available through the NYS Master Teacher Program.

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Scott DanvilleScott Danville

Beekmantown Central School District

Scott Danville earned his BS and MEd in Earth Science Secondary Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. In the classroom for more than 20 years, Mr. Danville teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science and Regents Earth Science at Beekmantown High School where he integrates technology into his classroom in many ways. His AP Environmental Science students create documentaries as a tool for learning about real-world science, and his Earth science students create green-screen TV-news style weather forecasts.  Mr. Danville serves as Researcher and Content Coordinator for the Institute of Climate Studies, USA (ICSUSA.org).  He is also active in professional associations, leading workshops to share his “applied learning environments” at science teacher conferences.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Danville participated in the “NCMasterTeacher.org” workshop, and “Moodle Everything!,” and also enjoys regional meetings with fellow Master Teachers. A highlight was the exploration and discussions about various note-taking techniques to complement online course content and to focus on student engagement.

Bridget DeMarseBridget DeMarse

Lafargeville School District

Bridget DeMarse earned her BS in Adolescent Math Education from SUNY Oswego and MSEd in Educational Technology from SUNY Potsdam.  With eight years of experience in the classroom, she teaches 7th and 8th grade Technology, Technology & Engineering, Geometry, and College Prep Mathematics at La Fargeville Central School.  Mrs. DeMarse is also an adjunct instructor of mathematics at Jefferson Community College.  A strong advocate for hands on learning, she involves her students in projects that incorporates a visual approach to learning the application of mathematical concepts.  Mrs. DeMarse is proud of her students and their work, recently a group of students that formed an after school STEM club.  They designed and built a catapult to launch pumpkins, and won first place in a local science contest.  Through their love of STEM, they raised 714 lbs of food for the local food pantry (as an entry fee), and were able to showcase the product of their excitement, curiosity, and love for learning. Mrs. DeMarse’s professional interests focus on developing a universal resource accessible to current and pre-service teachers to share and showcase effective kinesthetic math activities for the grades 7th through 12th.

Katie DennyKatie Denny

Lafargeville School District

Katie Denny earned her BA in Adolescent Math Education and MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Oswego.  In the classroom six years, Ms. Denny teaches Common Core Algebra, Advanced 8th Grade Math and Fundamental Algebra and Physics at LaFargeville Central School.  A strong advocate of the importance of critical thinking, problem solving, and student-centered learning, Ms. Denny involves her students in activities and projects that allow them to take ownership of their learning.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Denny is the Freshman Class Advisor, Odyssey of the Mind Coach, ASPIRE Club Advisor and Co-Advisor for Sources of Strength, a chapter of the national organization dedicated to suicide prevention.  The ASPIRE Club was formed to enhance the students’ experiences in all STEM areas for grades 6-12.  She is a member of STEMnet+, a collaborative group of STEM educators in Jefferson Lewis County.  In her free time, Ms. Denny enjoys hiking, camping and doing pretty much anything outside.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she is looking forward to working with other Master Teachers and collaborating on an Algebra Professional Learning Team this summer.

Robert DixonRobert Dixon

Canton Central School District

Robert Dixon earned his BS in Physics at St. Lawrence University, and MS in Secondary Education from SUNY Potsdam. Mr. Dixon has been teaching Physics, Forensics, and Principles of Engineering at Canton Central School since 1993. He has also taught Physics and Astronomy as an adjunct professor at SUNY Canton. In addition to teaching, Mr. Dixon has been a coach for Clarkson University’s IMPETUS program (Integrated Math and Physics for Entry to Undergraduate STEM), as well as the Science Olympics, Jets, and the Environmental Club. Mr. Dixon is also a founding member of the Adirondack Public Observatory based in Tupper Lake. When not teaching, Mr. Dixon enjoys mountain climbing, canoeing, gardening, ham radio, amateur astronomy, and growing carnivorous plants; moreover, he is a licensed skydiver and scuba diver. Mr. Dixon is excited about the opportunity to work with other Master Teachers, especially when it comes to developing innovative ways to excite students about pursuing a career in one of the STEM disciplines.

Lisa DunkelbergLisa Dunkelberg

Potsdam School District

Originally from Canada, Lisa Dunkelberg earned a Medical Technologist license from St. Lawrence College in Canada, BA in Biology and Education with a minor in Chemistry, and MS in Special Education from SUNY Potsdam. Prior to her teaching career, Mrs. Dunkelberg worked as a medical technologist at E. J. Nobel Hospital in Gouverneur, NY.  In the classroom for 13 years, she has taught Living Environment, Chemistry and Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) Forensics at Potsdam Central School. Currently, she teaches 7th grade Science, Accelerated Science and CSI courses at Potsdam Middle School. Mrs. Dunkelberg organized the Science Fair with collaboration from St. Lawrence and Clarkson Universities. Always interested in science, stemming from spending summers at her parents’ cottage as a child, she loves to visit museums as well as state and national parks. Much of her free time is spent with her husband, Bob, and attending many sporting events to watch their twins and son play. As a NYS Master Teacher, she is looking forward to collaborating with other STEM teachers to incorporate those learning experiences into her classroom, and share what she has learned with her colleagues.

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William FairchildWilliam Fairchild

South Jefferson School District

William Fairchild earned his BA in Geology as well as his Masters in Secondary Science Education with a 5-6 extension from Potsdam University. Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Fairchild earned an Associate’s degree in Networking Technology from Jefferson Community College, where he met Dr. Frank Florence, who inspired him to become a science teacher. In the classroom for nine years, Mr. Fairchild first taught Earth Science and Physics, and was a member of the Science Club, in the LaFargeville Central School District. Mr. Fairchild currently teaches Earth Science at South Jefferson Central School in Adams Center, and takes students on annual field trips to Potsdam University to meet with geology faculty and students. Mr. Fairchild serves on the Technology Committee, as well as the Shared Decision-Making Team at his school. He also leads Technology Integration workshops with faculty from South Jefferson, as well as schools all over NYS. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Fairchild is looking forward to learning from his peers as well as sharing ideas about STEM education with Professional Learning Teams as well as through Mini-courses.

Matthew FayMatthew Fay

Ausable Valley Central School District

Matthew Fay earned his B.S. and M.S.Ed. in Earth Science Secondary Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. Mr. Fay has taught a variety of courses including 8th grade Alternative Education Physical Science and college level Geology at AuSable Valley Middle/High School where he currently teaches Honors and Regents Earth Science and Regents Physics. Mr. Fay plans and coordinates the annual Science and Technology Fair for his district and was the regional trainer for the 2008 Lab Practical portion of the Earth Science Regents Exam. One of his recent accomplishments is winning the Literacy Challenge Trivia Contest; his team has won five out of the last six years! Mr. Fay’s philosophy is that “the best way to learn is to do”, so, he designs instruction that allows students in his class to learn science by actively participating in lab activities and demonstrations. He believes that his students will gain a deeper appreciation of the world around them by understanding underlying science principles. Matthew’s love of snowboarding, fishing, and hiking led him to a career in teaching STEM courses. Mr. Fay looks forward to collaborating with other Master Teachers to find effective methods to reach every STEM student and new strategies and technology applications he can incorporate in his classroom.

Christopher FeyChristopher Fey

Ausable Valley Central School District

Christopher Fey earned his BA in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and Masters of Science in Teaching in Earth Science from Plattsburgh State University. An educator for ten years, He teaches Earth Science and coordinates the AuSable Valley HS’s New Horizons Alternative Education Program.  As the program coordinator, Mr. Fey is a mentor for students who have traditionally struggled in school, helping students in algebra, global studies, English, as well as earth science.  A strong advocate for outdoor education and experiential learning, Mr. Fey incorporates laboratory exercises that require students to collect and analyze their own, real scientific data.  His professional interests are always evolving: Mr. Fey’s recent focuses have been on climate change and its influence on the lives of people in the Adirondacks and helping to build sustainable trails with his classes at Wickham Marsh in Port Kent, NY.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is the advisor for the AuSable Valley Outing Club which students participate in Adirondack adventures.   Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Fey has participated in various workshops, such as Data Collection and Mathematical Modeling and Technology Day, and attended the Ashokan Professional Development August Retreat.

Kaitlin FielderKaitlin Fielder

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District

Kaitlin Fielder earned a B.A. in Environmental Science and an M.S.T. in Earth Science Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. Mrs. Fielder has taught a range of classes, including Regents Earth Science, 8th grade Physical Science, Regents Physics, Environmental Science, and Forensics at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School. Mrs. Fielder was a 2009 recipient of the New Science Teacher of the Year award from STANYS, the Science Teachers Association of NYS. She is a member of Omicron Delta National Honor Society and is the Earth Science Section Area Representative for STANYS. Mrs. Fielder organizes the K-12 Science Fair for the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District. She has participated in the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit since its start and started a Green Team at her school. She also secured a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant to build an Outdoor Classroom. Outside of school, Kaitlin teaches a summer science program for local students at the Tahawus Center. As a Master Teacher, Mrs. Fielder looks forward to incorporating more technology and inquiry-based learning strategies into her teaching.

Sarah FinkSarah Fink

Minerva School District

Sarah Fink earned her BS Biology and Earth Science from the University at Albany, and Master of Arts in Teaching from Union Graduate College. In the classroom for 11 years, she teaches Earth Science and Regents Physics at Lake George High School. Mrs. Fink has founded a school Green Team and promotes STEM careers by sponsoring science trips and experiences specifically for middle school girls. She and her husband enjoy traveling and exploring with their two young children. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she is a member of the Google Classroom Professional Learning Team, and credits her participation in the North Country Regional Tech Day for her integration of tablets and a webpage in her classes, and newfound confidence to lead an after school technology workshop for her school district.

Jennifer FraserJennifer Fraser

South Jefferson Central School District

Jennifer Fraser earned her BS in Mathematics from SUNY Brockport and a Master of Science in Teaching in Adolescence Education in Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam.   An educator for five years, she teaches Algebra 1 and General Algebra at South Jefferson Central School.  Ms. Fraser is working on a flipped classroom model to promote student centered and inquiry-based learning.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is the Junior Varsity softball coach, a cardio kickboxing instructor, an advisor for the Sources of Strength, a program that supports high school student peer mentoring. Due to her work within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she has been motivated to include more technology into her classes, and has been able to share a number of resources with the new teacher she is mentoring.

Timothy FreedTimothy Freed

Beaver River Central School District

Timothy Freed earned his BA in biology and Master of Science in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam and holds certifications in 7-12 Biology, Chemistry, and 5-6 General Science. Over the past 11 years, Mr. Freed has taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade Intermediate Science, Regents Chemistry, and various science electives. He is currently teaching at Beaver River Central School in Beaver Falls, and has been an advisor to various extracurricular activities such as Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Ski/Snowboard Club. He has also coached football, volleyball, track and baseball at various levels. Mr. Freed’s interests outside the school include hiking, hunting, fishing and remodeling houses. He is currently working on becoming an Adirondack 46’er (awarded for climbing the 46 peaks of the Adirondack mountains) with his Middle School-aged son. As a teacher in a small, rural school, Mr. Freed is most excited about the opportunity to work with other Master Teachers sharing ideas and techniques. One of the challenges of small school teachers is that they are often “One Teacher Shows” and the chance to interact with others who teach the same subject content is invaluable for the education process.

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Lynn GaffneyLynn Gaffney

Thousand Islands School District

Lynn Gaffney earned her BS in Biology at Ithaca College and Master of Science in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam.  An educator for twenty years, Mrs. Gaffney teaches Living Environment and Honors Biology at Thousand Islands High School. She is also a Syracuse University adjunct instructor teaching “Syracuse University Project Advance Biology,” a course for qualified high school seniors to earn for university credit.  With the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Gaffney finds that she is very interested in the applications of neuroscience to teaching and learning. Because of this, she plans to facilitate a Professional Learning Team (PLT) using David Sousa’s book How the Brain Learns. Mrs. Gaffney and athlete Michael Jordan inspires students to greatness with the words “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” Her favorite part about teaching STEM is all of the hands-on learning opportunities she makes available to her students.

Madonna GardnerMadonna Gardner

North Adirondack Central School District

Madonna Gardner earned her BS in Biology from SUNY Plattsburgh and Master of Science in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam.  Mrs. Gardner holds certifications in both Biology and Chemistry. In the classroom for seven years, she teaches 8th grade Physical Science and College Advanced Placement Biology at Northern Adirondack Central School.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Gardner serves as a Class Advisor and has led workshops for pre and in-service teachers in her district. She is also working on creating a Science National Honor Society at Northern Adirondack Central School. Moreover, she and her students attended the Genetics Update Conference at SUNY Plattsburgh. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Gardner participated in the fall North Country Technology Day and is a facilitator of the Science Extra Curricular Opportunities Professional Learning Team. Mrs. Gardner is inspired by the words of Isaac Asimov: “Education isn’t something you can finish.”

Jaime Gates

Carthage Central School District

Jaime Gates earned her BS in Secondary Earth Science Education from SUNY Plattsburgh, and MS in Secondary Literacy Education from SUNY Potsdam. In the classroom for 10 years, Mrs. Gates teaches Earth Science at Carthage Central High School. She is a freshmen class advisor and a teacher within the Ninth Grade Academy at Carthage High School. Mrs. Gates utilizes a blended learning approach to instruction; she makes use of an web-based learning management system to integrate self-created flipped videos and small group workshops in the classroom that support the facilitation of a more student-directed learning approach. Mrs. Gates is always seeking the latest technology to complement her instruction. In the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Gates looks forward to the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers from across New York State.

Jennifer GeroJennifer Gero

Champlain Valley Educational Services

Jennifer Gero earned her B.S. in Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the University of New Hampshire and Masters of Science in Teaching from SUNY Plattsburgh. During her time at UNH, Jennifer was a member of the Cooperative Real Education in Agriculture Management (CREAM) Program. She worked at the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, primarily focusing on microbiology and histology. Additionally, Jennifer worked as an Academic Mentor for the Center for Academic Resources. She received the Presidential Award and was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society. Jennifer piloted the First Year Mentor Program, where she worked with struggling freshman, taught workshops, and coordinated residence hall tutors. Ms. Gero has spent several years creating and teaching in the New Visions Medical Careers program at the UVM Health Network Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, through the Champlain Valley Technical Educational Center (CV-TEC). She teaches Anatomy and Physiology and Health-related courses. Jennifer has also led professional develop workshops on the use of Moodle, MyLearningPlan, and Classroom Management systems at her school. Outside of the classroom, Jennifer enjoys knitting, horseback riding, and being a hockey Mom. As a member of the NYSMTP, Ms. Gero looks forward to meeting and learning from other STEM teachers who are passionate about what they do.

Christopher GoslingChristopher Gosling

Saranac Lake Central School District

Christopher Gosling earned his BS in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and MSEd from SUNY at Buffalo. In the classroom for 11 years, he teaches Regents Physics, AP Physics C, and AP Calculus AB at Saranac Lake High School. Mr. Gosling is an advocate for active learning in the physics classroom, and as such, empowers his students to embrace their curiosity about the world around them. His professional interest is in physics education, with particular regard to gender differences among physics learners and how reflective writing can improve conceptual learning. Mr. Gosling is also interested in the applications of readily available technology to physics learning, especially in economically disadvantaged regions and countries. A past project involved researching the role of values-affirmation reflective writing activities in physics learning, which he investigated during his participation in the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Program. One of his fondest memories from NYS Master Teacher Program is a rocket launcher workshop he conducted during the spring of 2015 to help North Country teachers build launchers modeled after those presented at the first annual statewide NYS Master Teacher Program conference by members of the Western NY cohort.

Jenifer GuayJenifer Guay

Peru Central School District

Jenifer Guay earned her BS in Biological Sciences and MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Plattsburgh. In the classroom for 10 years, she teaches 7th Grade Life Science and Regents Living Environment in the Peru Central School District. A strong advocate for inquiry-based and hands-on learning experiences that enrich the development of each student, Mrs. Guay involves her students in a variety of laboratory activities that incorporate brain-based learning techniques and cooperative group challenges. Mrs. Guay’s professional interests focus on the flipped classroom model and the integration of Erick Jensen’s brain-based learning philosophy into her pedagogy. Past projects include an exploration of the Next Generation Science Standards. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Guay is a New Teacher Mentor and Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH) Mentor. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Guay enjoyed participating in Project Based Learning and the SUNY Plattsburgh Teacher 2 Teacher Workshop.

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Richard Hathaway IIRichard Hathaway II

Peru Central School District

Richard Hathaway II earned his BA in Biology and Education from SUNY Plattsburgh, and MS in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire. An educator for 13 years, he teaches Living Environment at Peru High School.  A strong advocate of inquiry-based active research, Mr. Hathaway involves his students in numerous hands-on research projects that allow them to experience the true nature of science as they design, conduct, analyze, and present their own research ideas and findings in both informal and formal settings. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as co-advisor for the Peru Chapter of the Science National Honor Society, which allows him opportunities to further expand the influence of the sciences across the entire Peru Campus and expose junior and senior level students to more rigorous scientific research experiences.  Mr. Hathaway is currently a member of the NYS Education Department’s STEM Professional Development Program. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Hathaway attended a Bureau of Education & Research workshop on the lipped classroom, and later, facilitated a Professional Learning Team (PLT) about the flipped classroom, and co-facilitated another PLT about extracurricular science opportunities.

Amber HenryAmber Henry

Ogdensburg School District

Amber Henry earned her BA in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, and Master of Science for Teachers from SUNY Potsdam. Ms. Henry has been teaching at Ogdensburg Free Academy for 20 years. In that time, she has taught Regents Earth Science, Applied Earth Science and Environmental Studies. Ms. Henry is the Earth Club Advisor, coaches the Science Olympiad and Myth Olympics teams, and chaperones sporting events and dances. She is the Head of the Science Department, a mentor teacher, a host parent to a foreign exchange student, and is on the National Honor Society and the Academic Banquet Committees. Ms. Henry has worked with a local scientist through the National Science Foundation, presented at the Science Teachers Association of NYS, and has received grants to fund field trips. Outside of school, Ms. Henry has been a Sunday school and a Vacation Bible school teacher, a Youth Group Leader, and participated on the council of Christian Education at her church. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Henry looks forward to the upcoming workshops, cohort meetings and mini-courses.

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Lisa IngersonLisa Ingerson

Thousand Islands Central School District

Lisa Ingerson earned her BA in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, and MS in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam. Mrs. Ingerson came to education with years of business experience from Stebbins Engineering.  Her real-life application of math and science influenced her decision to leave the business world so she could educate and encourage students to pursue science and math careers.  In the classroom for 14 years, Mrs. Ingerson teaches Environmental Science, Middle School Science, and Design & Modeling through “Project Lead the Way,” a project-based lesson resource.  She is also an active member National Science Teachers Association, serves as the Middle School Advisor, and is a member of several school committees including Technology Planning, RISE (Rural Initiatives for STEM Excellence), Academic Awards Recognition, and Long Term Planning.   Her dedication to education extends beyond the classroom as she has served 14 years on the school board for Thousand Island Central School.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Ingerson is looking forward to deepening her content and pedagogical knowledge by sharing best practices for real-world curricular connections that help her students see that STEM is a part of their everyday lives.

Andrea InserraAndrea Inserra

Indian River Central School District

Andrea Inserra earned both her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Science and Mathematics Education and her M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media Management from SUNY Potsdam. She holds certifications in Biology, Earth Science, General Science, Math, and N-6. Andrea has taught a wide variety of science and math courses at Indian River Central School in Philadelphia, NY, where she has advised multiple clubs including ski club and science club. With the science club, Andrea organized the building of organic raised bed gardens and initiated a returnable bottle collection for the high school. She currently teaches Living Environment and runs the Backpack program, providing food for families in need. Students know Mrs. Inserra as the teacher who makes you put on costumes and sing your Biology. Outside of school, Andrea likes to hike and travel with her family. The Inserras have hiked 32 of the 46 High Peaks of New York State and have enjoyed several trips abroad. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Inserra is excited to learn from her colleagues new instructional methods to excite students about pursuing their own STEM careers.

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Wayne KneussleWayne Kneussle

Saranac Central School District

Wayne Kneussle earned his BS and MS in Biology from SUNY College at Plattsburgh. An educator for 20 years, he teaches Regents Chemistry and College Advanced Placement Chemistry at Saranac Central High School. Mr. Kneussle is a strong advocate for incorporating technology in education, as both a tool for developing lifelong digital users and a mechanism for fostering independent learning.  He recently flipped his classroom, incorporated laboratory probe ware, created a class website, integrated an interactive whiteboard and document cameras into his curriculum, implemented a system for student response clickers, and created various e-learning activities that students can use on computers and mobile devices. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Kneussle serves as the science department chair and is a member of the Saranac Central School District Technology Team. He has also designed and facilitated numerous professional development workshops for teachers throughout the region, and worked as a consultant for an international educational software company.  Past accolades for Mr. Kneussle include a number of “Most Influential Teacher” awards, and for his students, awards in local science fairs.

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Toni LaPointToni LaPoint

Carthage Central School District

Toni Kelly LaPoint earned her BS in Chemistry from Nazareth College and MS in Education from SUNY Potsdam. An educator for 18 years, she began her career at a local Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) alternative High School for the before moving to Carthage to teach Regents Living Environment. For the past six years, she transitioned to teaching Regents Chemistry. In the classroom, her students’ enthusiasm for science is encouraged by active participation in hands-on activities, pre-demo discussions, partner review, and inquiry labs. Last year as a result of professional development classes in Project Based Learning, Mrs. LaPoint was able to secure Vernier LabQuest probes and new Odyssey software for the Science Department. Outside the classroom, she serves on the School Based Inquiry Team (SBIT) for Data Driven Instruction, and the Discipline Committee, is Sophomore Class Advisor and coach for the Science Olympiad. Mrs. LaPoint is an active member of National Science Teachers Association, American Association of Chemistry Teachers and Science Teachers Association of NYS, where she is the Subject Area Representative for Chemistry and a frequent workshop presenter. Mrs. LaPoint is excited about the opportunity to work with other Master Teachers especially in Chemistry to share effective techniques and together develop new lessons.

Majella LaRockMajella LaRock

Brasher Falls Central School District

Majella LaRock earned her BS in Biology from Canisius College and Master of Science in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam. In the classroom for 15 years, she teaches Regents Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, and Living Environment at Brasher Falls Central School.  Mrs. LaRock is a strong advocate of hands-on learning and involves her students in a variety of STEM-based activities infused with technology, such as building temperature and conductivity sensors.  Her professional interests focus on brain-based learning and the integration of forensic science into chemistry labs.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. LaRock serves as Science Department Chair. With the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. LaRock’s most memorable professional development activities thus far were the Common Core Math workshop and the Nanotechnology Day with the Director of the SUNY Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.  She finds her regional meetings engaging, and is excited to exchange ideas with fellow Master Teachers. Mrs. LaRock is inspired by the words of Isaac Asimov—“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny’…”—because Asimov describes what she loves most about teaching science: seeing and hearing her students discovering and learning science.

Andrew LarsenAndrew Larsen

South Jefferson School District

Andrew Larsen earned his BS in Zoology and MSEd in Adolescent Biology from SUNY Oswego. In the classroom for 5 years, Mr. Larsen teaches 8th grade Physical Science, 7th grade Life Science, and Foundations of Science, a special education course, at South Jefferson Central School. A strong advocate for hands-on, inquiry-based learning, and the use of technology in the classroom, he involves his students in real world scientific investigations that reinforce problem-solving skills. His professional interests are always evolving. He is currently expanding his problem-based learning lessons and adding additional inquiry-based labs to his curriculum. He is an advocate for pets in the classroom and has a number of reptiles living in his classroom. Mr. Larsen has raised and trained a therapy dog that regularly accompanies him to school. He is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, a devoted husband and father of two wonderful girls.

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Kassandra MarianoKassandra Mariano

Lake Placid Central School District

Kassandra Mariano earned her BA in Math and Secondary Education from Utica College, and MA in Curriculum and Development from SUNY Plattsburgh.  After college, Mrs. Mariano taught secondary education mathematics in Papua New Guinea for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  An educator for 20 years,  she teaches Grade 8 Math and Algebra at Lake Placid Middle/High School and raises a family of 3 with her husband. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Mariano has participated in the exploration of the Flipped Classroom, an explorative trip to Nature’s Classroom, and helped with the North Country region’s mental floss activities. A highlight of participation her first year was learning a new technique for teaching fractions that she implemented in her classes and then shared when mentoring a new math teacher in the district. Mrs. Mariano looks forward to math and science Master Teachers exploring the common language of math and science and exploring inter-curricular connections. The best part about teaching STEM for Mrs. Mariano is when students make connections between what they are learning and real life  because, for her, that is when true learning begins.

Emily McKernanEmily McKernan

Brushton-Moira Central School District

Emily McKernan earned her BS in Animal Science from Cornell University and her Master of Science in Teaching at SUNY Potsdam. An educator for ten years, she teaches general science to 5th and 6th grade students at Brushton-Moira Central School.  A teacher for more than seven years, Mrs. McKernan focuses on ecology and helps students connect their lives to the natural world.   In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she coaches Brushton-Moira Central School’s boys’ modified soccer team, is the secretary of the teachers union, co-advisor for the school chapter of the National Honor Society, and mentor teacher for new and pre-service teachers. Mrs. McKernan has collaborated with her science department colleagues to revive the school Science Fair. Mrs. McKernan is a member of the Science Teachers Association of New York State as well as the National Science Teachers Association.  Outside of teaching, she spends her time with her second passion: horses. Mrs. McKernan owns and operates a small lesson barn called “The Pony Place,” and enjoys sharing her love of animals with young children.  She is also very active with the United States Pony Club, volunteering on the local and national levels.

John MiletichJohn Miletich

Malone School District

John Miletich earned his BA in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh, attended The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in the Applied Environmental Science Program, and earned his MA in Earth Science Education from SUNY Cortland. Mr. Miletich’s teaching career began as an Environmental Educator for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Now in the classroom for 20 years, he teaches Earth Science and Living Environment at Franklin Academy High School in Malone. Mr. Miletich is the advisor for the Franklin Academy Envirothon Team, Coordinator for the High School STEM program coordinated through Clarkson University, Co-Advisor for the Franklin Academy High School Science National Honor Society, and Coordinator of the High School Science Department. He is also a former Earth Science Mentor for Franklin/Essex/Hamilton BOCES. Outside of school, Mr. Miletich is President of Malone Revitalization Foundation, and coaches local youth sport programs. As a NYS Master Teacher, he is looking forward to regional meetings where he can exchange ideas with other Master Teachers. When not working with students, Mr. Miletich enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, gardening, and spending time with his wife and four children.

Corey MousseauCorey Mousseau

Plattsburgh City School District

Corey Mousseau earned his BA in Physics Secondary Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. An educator for 10 years, he teaches Regents Physics and AP Physics at Plattsburgh High School. A strong advocate for an inquiry approach to education, Mr. Mousseau involves his students in a Science Olympiad program that encourages students to achieve a high level of mastery in all levels of high school science and technology, and Science Field days that arrange for high school students to work with elementary students in science.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Mousseau is a co-facilitator of the Science Extra-Curricular Activities Professional Learning Team, a member of the Flipped Classroom Professional Learning Team, and has participated in workshops on Nanotechnology and poverty.  Mr. Mousseau also hosted a Physics pre-service teacher for their four-week practicum this year. A fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson, one of Mr. Mousseau’s favorite quotes from him is, “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it”.  Mr. Mousseau believes that science seems like magic, and he enjoys being able help students understand that it is not magic, but science.

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Ed OliverEdward Oliver Jr.

Thousand Islands School District

Ed Oliver earned his BS in biology at SUNY Geneseo and MS in Education at SUNY Potsdam.  Over the course of his 16 years at Thousand Islands High School, Mr. Oliver has taught Earth Science, Honors Chemistry, Marine Biology and a course about the St. Lawrence River. Before his tenure at Thousand Islands HS, he taught biology, Earth Science, chemistry, physics and 8th grade Physical Science for six years at Lyme Central School. Mr. Oliver’s favorite part about teaching STEM is helping students to develop their problem solving skills and using these skills to learn more about the physical world around them. As a Master Teacher, he has appreciated the opportunity to share ideas with other enthusiastic STEM teachers, and particularly enjoyed learning more about nanotechnology through workshops and a presentation conducted by SUNY Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.  His participation with the NYS Master Teacher Program has been the catalyst of changes in his teaching practice, such as creating his own videos for flipping his Earth science classes.  Mr. Oliver is happily married with 3 daughters living on the Chaumont River in the Town of Clayton.

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Sonal Patel-DameSonal Patel-Dame

Plattsburgh City School District

Sonal Patel-Dame earned her B.S. in Environmental Science with minors in Chemistry and Political Science from Virginia Tech and her M.S.T. in Adolescent Education, Biology from SUNY Plattsburgh. After graduating from Virginia Tech, she served as the Rancocas Creek Watershed Ambassador for AmeriCorps and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Upon moving to Plattsburgh, she became an adjunct instructor at Clinton Community College. Mrs. Patel-Dame teaches Regents and Advanced Placement Chemistry and Advanced Placement Environmental Science at Plattsburgh Senior High School where she co-advises Science Club and coaches Science Olympiad. She also serves as a Science Coach for elementary teachers and as a member of the Safety Committee, School Improvement Planning team, and Secondary Literacy Advisory Committee. Sonal is the Chemistry Subject Area Representative for the Northeast Chapter of the Science Teachers Association of New York State and a member of the National Science Teachers Association and the American Association of Chemistry Teachers. She is constantly inspired by her students, and her favorite quote is “Some people dream of meeting their favorite scientists. I teach mine.” As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Patel-Dame looks forward to collaborating with other Chemistry teachers and sharing best teaching practices.

Kelly PenfieldKelly Penfield

Chazy Central Rural School District

Kelly Penfield earned her BA in Mathematics from the SUNY Plattsburgh, MA in Mathematics from Boston College, and MEd from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In the classroom for 21 years, Ms. Penfield teaches Algebra, Algebra 2, and College Advancement College Algebra with Trigonometry II, and College Advancement Calculus & Analytic Geometry I and II through Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh.  A strong advocate for fostering a true understanding of how math works, she instills in her students a strong interest and pride in their accomplishments at every level by sharing her own enthusiasm for math.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Chazy Central Rural School, Ms. Penfield serves as a Lead Math Teacher, and mentors both new teachers and pre-service teachers. She is also on the Principal’s Advisory Committee, the Annual Professional Performance Review and Strategic Planning Teams, and the Professional Development, Code of Conduct, and Academic Recognition committees at her school. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Penfield facilitates the Professional Learning Team focused on planning for and implementing the new Common Core Algebra 2 Regents course.

Tonia PhippenTonia Phippen

Brushton-Moira Central School District

Tonia M. Phippen earned her BA in mathematics, BS in Secondary Education, and MA in mathematics from SUNY Potsdam.  Prior to teaching, she worked for Camp Dresser & McKee at ALCOA in Massena as a Soils Lab Technician and Drafter.  In the classroom 17 years, Mrs. teaches Algebra, Algebra II/Trigonometry, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus at Brushton-Moria Central School.  Mrs. Phippen is also the advisor of the National Honor Society.  One of the more interesting teaching assignments Mrs. Phippen participated in was teaching tech prep intermediate algebra, a course which culminated in a cooperative case study with Clarkson University and Kraft.  Mrs. Phippen has also taken groups of students to participate in the American Mathematics Competition at SUNY Potsdam and the Pi Mu Epsilon Competition at St. Lawrence University.  Mrs. Phippen is looking forward to the NYS Master Teacher Program because she will have opportunities to collaborate with excellent math and science teachers from the entire North Country region, to participate in excellent professional development, and to share what she learns with her students and colleagues.

Shane PickeringShane Pickering

Edwards-Knox Central School District

Shane Pickering earned his B.A. in Biology and M.S.T. in Science Education from SUNY Potsdam. Mr. Pickering began his teaching career at Pikesville High School in Baltimore County MD and now teaches Living Environment Lecture & Lab, AP Biology Lecture & Lab, Anatomy & Physiology and Ecology at Edwards‐Knox Central School. Mr. Pickering’s Living Environment classes are actively involved with the Nature Up North program based out of St. Lawrence University, which works to highlight Place‐Based Education in Northern New York. Mr. Pickering serves as Chair Person of the High School Planning Committee and as chaperone at the yearly Winter Ball and Prom. Mr. Pickering became inspired to enter the STEM field based on the phenomenal education he received from the SUNY Potsdam Biology Department faculty, as well as his upbringing in the Adirondack Mountains. Shane enjoys kayaking and hiking in the Adirondacks and boating on the St. Lawrence River. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Pickering looks forward to collaborating with science teachers across NYS to enrich the education he provides to his students.

Valerie PondValerie Pond

Carthage Central School District

Valerie Pond earned her BA and Master of Science in Teaching in Mathematics Education from SUNY Potsdam. In the classroom for 19 years, she teaches Calculus, Precalculus, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry at Carthage Central School. As a Jefferson Community College EDGE adjunct instructor, Mrs. Pond also teaches dual-enrollment courses for which high school students can simultaneously earn high school and college credit. She integrates technology into her lessons, enabling, for example, her students to create portfolios and podcasts to ensure college and career preparedness. Mrs. Pond’s professional interests focus on developing and researching STEM curricula, project-based learning and the flipped classroom teaching model. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Pond serves as the 5-12 Mathematics Coordinator. She was honored with the Senator Ritchie Teacher of Excellence award in recognition of her dedication and commitment to education.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Pond has facilitated programs on the flipped classroom model, Google Classroom and TI Education Technology (TINspire calculators and TI Navigator training), Common Core Algebra I, Geometry and Common Core Algebra II training, AP Conference, Early College Conference). Mrs. Pond loves teaching her STEM courses because of the moment when a student truly understands and makes the real world connection. She believes that she teaches more than math; she teaches life.

Robyn PoulsenRobyn Poulsen

Lake Placid Central School District

Robyn Poulsen earned her BA in Computer Science from SUNY Geneseo and MS in Education from Elmira College.  She teaches Algebra 2 & Trigonometry, Advanced Placement Statistics, Algebra 2 and RTI/AIS Mathematics classes at Lake Placid Middle/High School.  A strong believer in life-long learning, Mrs. Poulsen is constantly reevaluating and improving her classroom practice in order to bring her students the most relevant STEM experiences possible.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is active in professional associations, serving as the High School Level Representative to the Executive Board of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS, and presenting presents her passion and use of educational technology to peers at numerous local, state, and national conferences.     Mrs. Poulsen was published in the NYS Mathematics Teachers Journal as co-author of the article titled “Problems Solved:  We Flipped Our Classrooms” with fellow North Country Master Teacher, Tammy Casey. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she is a member of the Algebra 2 Common Core Learning Standards Professional Learning Team, and credits the discussions with other Master Teachers with giving her many new ideas for using tablets in her classes.

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Heather Randall-NevilleHeather Randall-Neville

Carthage Central School District

Heather Randall-Neville earned her BA in Biology and Education and MSEd from the SUNY College at Potsdam and teaches Living Environment and Advanced Placement Biology at Carthage High School. An educator with more than 14 years experience in the classroom, Mrs. Randall-Neville is a strong advocate of hands-on, student-centered learning, and involves her students in activities, projects and laboratories that allow the students to take ownership of their learning. Her professional interests focus on making science interesting to regain that “Wow” moment in the process of student learning. Her current projects include flipping her classroom to allow for more independent exploration of the science content. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she serves as advisor to the National Honor Society and Senior Class, coach for “MYTHOlympics” for Carthage High School, and Vice Chairperson for the North Country section of the Science Teacher’s Association of NYS. She is a member of STEMnet+, a collaborative group of STEM educators in Jefferson and Lewis counties. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Randall-Neville participated in three mini-courses, Measuring Global Climate Change and the Safety of Genetically Engineered Food, and the Changing Ecology of the Great Lakes.

Amy ReinischAmy Reinisch

Saranac Lake School District

Amy Reinisch earned her BA in Mathematics with a minor in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont, and MS in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam. Prior to teaching, Ms. Reinisch worked for the Olympic Regional Development Authority on corporate programs and events. In the classroom for seven years at Saranac Lake High School, and currently teaches Geometry to a diverse group of learners. Ms. Reinisch’s goal is to inspire students in the field of mathematics to challenge themselves, to learn through discovery based methods, and to apply what they have learned inside and outside the classroom. Ms. Reinisch is a Coach, Junior Class Advisor, a Mentor for new teachers and a member of the Saranac Lake High School Parent Faculty Organization. In March 2014, Ms. Reinisch was honored with the Select Sotheby’s International Realty Teacher of the Month Award. Ms. Reinisch makes connections across the state as an active member in the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS. As a new member of the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Reinisch looks forward to developing strong relationships with other teachers across NYS and to inspire others to develop STEM skills that will aid them in a successful future.

Kysa RobertsKysa Roberts

Saranac Central School District

Kysa Roberts earned her BS in Secondary Education Earth Science 7th-12th grades and MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction and Administrative Leadership from SUNY Plattsburgh. IN the classroom for 13 years, Mrs. Roberts teaches 8th grade General Science and 8th grade Accelerated Earth Science at Saranac Central Middle School. Mrs. Roberts places a special emphasis on creating a community of learners and developing her students' social skills as well as achieving their academic goals. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding and being outdoors. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she has been an active member of the TeachNY Advisory Council, a SUNY initiative to review and guide educational policies to enable and help sustain exemplary teacher and leader preparation practice and address persistent challenges throughout the education pipeline for students. Mrs. Roberts credits her participation for many ideas and tools that she has shared with student teachers she mentors, and for the support to develop a school website to improve communication between herself and her students and parents.

Denise RogersDenise Rogers

Malone School District

Denise Rogers earned her BS in Biology from Binghamton University and MS in Botany from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Mrs. Rogers’ teaching career began with Teach for America, as a middle school science teacher in Houston, Texas.  Now in the classroom for more than 15 years, she teaches Living Environment, Advanced Placement (AP) Biology and Bioethics at Franklin Academy High School. With the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Rogers is a member of the Extracurricular Science Activities Professional Learning Team and has participated in the technology workshop about the use of tablets.  She credits her participation as a Master teacher for helping her to implement more inquiry projects into her labs, for example, challenging her students to design a sampling protocol to estimate population size. She looks forward to future collaborations with AP Biology teachers across NYS. Mrs. Rogers spends summers at her cabin in Alaska with her husband and two boys, and loves to work in her gardens, hike, and play the cello in her free time. She also completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

George Rogers

Malone School District

George Rogers earned his BA in English from SUNY Plattsburgh and MS in Education from SUNY Potsdam. In the classroom for 13 years, Mr. Rogers teaches Accelerated Regents Biology and Physical Science at Warren County Middle School.

Laurey RosserLaurey Rosser

Canton Central School District

Laurey Rosser earned her BA in Mathematics & Secondary Education along with her Master’s in Instructional Technology & Media Management from SUNY Potsdam. She is in her 25th year in the field of Secondary Mathematics instruction. She began teaching in the Canton Central School District at the Middle School as a 7th and 8th grade Math Instructor. She then shifted to her current placement at Canton’s High School where, over the years, she has taught Math 9 through Pre-Calculus. Mrs. Rosser has been recognized in “Who’s Who among American Teachers,” was a recipient of a HP Technology for Teaching Grant, and is a member of DKG (Delta Kappa Gamma Society) for key women educators. She recently served as a District Teacher Leader (DTL) through St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES where she helped facilitate the transition to Common Core mathematics at the High School level. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Rosser and her husband stay busy raising their four children. Mrs. Laurey is excited to begin her journey as a NYS Master Teacher and is looking forward to collaborating with other STEM professionals.

Charlene RydgrenCharlene Rydgren

Malone School District

Charlene Rydgren earned her BA in math and physics from SUNY Potsdam and her MS in physics from Clarkson University.  Mrs. Rydgren has been teaching for 24 years. She teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Physics, Regents Physics, and Physical Science Skills at Franklin Academy in Malone, and is an active member of professional organizations, such as the Science Teachers Association of NYS (STANYS), serving as a subject representative for physics and a workshop presenter.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is a content specialist for NYS Education Department and an advisor for Epsilon, a local honor and service society.  Previously, Mrs. Rydgren was a member of the writing committee for the NYS Physics Core Curriculum and the state leadership team for the Next Generation Science Standards Development.  She was recently appointed to the American Association of Physics Teachers’ National Committee for Physics in High Schools.   As a Master teacher, Mrs. Rydgren is looking forward to networking with colleagues and participating in the summer Physics retreat at SUNY Buffalo State.

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Angela SchermerhornAngela Schermerhorn

Copenhagen Central School District

Angela Schermerhorn earned her BA in physics and Secondary Education from SUNY Potsdam, and continued there to earn her MSEd as an Educational Technology Specialist.  Ms. Schermerhorn holds NYS certifications in physics, Earth Science and technology.  Additionally, she is certified in several Project Lead the Way courses, a project-based curriculum resource, in the Computer Science pathway.  Ms. Schermerhorn has been in the classroom for eight years and is currently teaching Regents Earth Science, Regents Physics, Environmental Science, Computer Science and Software at Copenhagen Central School.  Outside of the classroom, she serves as an advisor for a middle school science club and coaches a robotics team.  She is actively involved in several district committees, is a member of multiple professional organizations and has presented multiple times the topic of on online learning at the NYS Association for Computers and Technology in Education (NYSCATE) conference.  Einstein offers Ms. Schermerhorn and her students inspiration in this quote; “The important thing is not to stop questioning.  Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”  As a NYS Master Teacher, she is looking forward to collaborating with her peers in the sciences and participating in several mini-courses and Professional Learning Teams.

Matthew ShaverMatthew Shaver

Ogdensburg School District

Matthew Shaver earned his BA in Biology and Master of Science for Teachers from SUNY Potsdam, and is certified 7-12 Biology, 7-12 Chemistry, and 7-12 General Science. Mr. Shaver has been teaching at Ogdensburg Free Academy for 17 years. In that time, he has taught Regents Chemistry, Regents Biology, Applied Chemistry, Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry, AP Biology, Robotics, and Underwater Robotics. Mr. Shaver is active in the school community, serving as coach of JV Football, Girls Lacrosse, the Robotics team, former coach of the Odyssey of the Mind Team, and dance chaperone. Mr. Shaver’s First Robotics team, partner with Clarkson University, qualified for the FIRST World Robotics Championship. Recently, he participated in a National Science Foundation project in Monterey California on Underwater Robotics. Outside of school, Mr. Shaver is a PADI SCUBA Assistant Instructor and an Instructor in First Aid and CPR/AED. He has volunteered at various levels of sports as well as held Robotics demonstrations for the public and enjoys woodworking. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Shaver looks forward to increasing his knowledge of STEM activities and bringing them back to the classroom. He is also looking forward to sharing his professional experiences with his fellow Master Teachers.

Rebecca ShumanRebecca Shuman

Saranac Central School District

Rebecca Shuman earned her BS in Geology from Hartwick College and MA in Science Education from Lesley University.   In her tenth year as an educator, she teaches 7th grade Life Science at Saranac Middle School. A strong advocate for the integration of environmental issues in the classroom, Mrs. Shuman involves her students in collaborative projects rooted in real-life experiences.  It is her belief that cultivating a connection between students and the environment will translate to future environmental stewardship.  Mrs. Shuman’s professional interests overlap with her personal passion for the outdoors. She has attended the American Wilderness Leadership School’s Key Issues Institute and the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence’s Educator- Scientist workshop. Mrs. Shuman has shared these resources both with local colleagues, and as a presenter at the Science Teacher Association of NYS (STANYS).  Recent past projects include a review of the Adirondack Stream Ecology Curriculum, and submission of an article for the upcoming issue of the STANYS Science Teachers Bulletin.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Shuman serves as the intermediate level Subject Area Representative for the North Eastern section of STANYS.

Jennifer SlatteryJennifer Slattery

Plattsburgh School District

Jennifer Meyer Slattery earned her BA in biology and Child Development, Master of Arts in Teaching in biology from Tufts University and her Certificate of Advance Study in Education Administration from SUNY Plattsburgh.  In the classroom 13 years, Mrs. Slattery teaches Living Environment and Advance Placement Biology at Plattsburgh Senior High School.  She advises the Science Club and National Honor Society, and is the Head of the Science Department at her school.  She is a member of the district’s Professional Improvement Committee and Peer Assistance and Review Panel.  Having spent time at Tufts University working with Dr. David Elkind, Child Development Professor and Child Psychologist, Mrs. Slattery was inspired to continue her constructivist teaching by both Dr. Elkind and Jean Piaget.  As Piaget said, “The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.”  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Slattery is looking forward to continuing her personal growth as an educator, assisting other professionals, participating in mini-courses, mentoring pre-service teachers, and collaborating with Professional Learning Teams.

Cristy SmithCristy Smith

Ogdensburg School District

Cristy Smith earned her BA in physics and her Master of Science for Teachers from SUNY Potsdam.  She is NYS certified in Physics 7-12, Earth Science 7-12, and General Science 7-12.  Prior to becoming a NYS teacher, Mrs. Smith ran the Introductory Physics Labs at Bates College in Maine.  In the classroom for nine years, eight of which have been at Ogdensburg Free Academy (OFA) where she teaches physics and Earth Science.  At OFA, she is a member of the Scholarship Committee, runs the planetarium for her Astronomy class as well as volunteers her time to give community shows at the planetarium.  As part of the National Science Foundation Project, Mrs. Smith helped a local company gather data using a digital hand prototype that was developed to assist doctors with early detection of nervous system disorders.  In her quest to earn Earth Science certification, Mrs. Smith discovered an interest in geology.  She now studies rocks and strata in an effort to gain more insight into Earth’s history.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Smith is looking forward to joining the other Master Teachers in growing as scientists and educators.  After all, “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn,” John Cotton Dana.

Lindsey SteblenLindsey Steblen

Indian River School District

Lindsey Steblen earned her BS in Biological Sciences from Ohio State University while playing Division I Women’s Ice Hockey, and her MEd in Biology and Secondary Science Education from the SUNY Buffalo. Prior to teaching, Ms. Steblen worked as an Invasive Species Steward in the Adirondack Park for the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College. As a steward, she was assisted research published in Journal of Aquatic Plant Management on fragment viability and rootlet formation in Eurasian watermilfoil after desiccation. In the classroom for five years, she teaches 8th grade Physical Science and Regents Living Environment at Indian River Middle School. She recently started a recycling program and is on the Science Curriculum Renewal and Backpack Program Committees at Indian River. Ms. Steblen is the NYS Female American Development Model Representative with USA Hockey and has been involved with the Olympic Development Program selection in NYS for many years. Ms. Steblen believes in encouraging her students’ thirst for knowledge and creativity in STEM and is always looking to share real world lessons in class. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking or canoeing. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Steblen is looking forward to collaboration with her fellow colleagues and the many mini-courses she will be able to attend.

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Jodie TiernanJodie Tiernan

Potsdam School District

Jodie Tiernan earned her BA in Mathematics and Middle/Secondary Mathematics Education and MSED in Mathematics Education 7-12 at SUNY Potsdam. In the classroom for ten years, Mrs. Tiernan has taught all levels of mathematics from 7th grade Math up to Advanced Placement Calculus BC. She currently teaches Precalculus, Geometry, and Algebra 1A at Potsdam Central. She serves as the Geometry Co-Facilitator for St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, supporting teachers in their transition to the Common Core Learning Standards, has been the Potsdam District Teacher Leader of Mathematics 7-12 since 2014, and is a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS). At Potsdam Central, she is the modified cross country Coach and girls’ varsity outdoor track coach, Co-Advisor for the Science Olympiad team, former advisor for the MATHCOUNTS program, school facilitator for the regional annual American Mathematics Competition, and treasurer for the Potsdam Teachers’ Association. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Tiernan looks forward to collaborating with other STEM professionals, incorporating those learning experiences into her classroom and sharing what she has learned with her colleagues.

Amanda TrombleyAmanda Trombley

Northern Adirondack Central School District

Amanda Trombley earned her BA in Mathematics Secondary Education 7-12 and Master of Science in Teaching from SUNY Plattsburgh. In the classroom for 11 years, she currently teaches Geometry, Precalculus and College Calculus at Northern Adirondack Central School. In addition to her time in the classroom, Mrs. Trombley is Advisor to the Class of 2019, the Running Club, and Math Honor Society. She has led workshops for in-service teachers in her district to provide support for technology tools, such as Schooltool and Promethean boards. Mrs. Trombley is a member of the District’s Bobcats Polar Plunge team to raise money for the Special Olympics. Her interests outside of school include reading, and running, and she participates in the annual Color Your Hyde and Peru Turkey Trot every year. As a NYS Master Teacher, she looks forward to participating in the Geometry Professional Learning Team and having the opportunity to work with other Master Teachers, sharing ideas and techniques that she could use in her classroom.

Arlington TrombleyArlington Trombley

Chateaugay Central School District

Arlington Trombley earned his BA in Mathematics Education and MSED in Educational Technology from SUNY Potsdam. An educator for 17 years, he teaches Calculus, Regents Algebra, and Algebra 2 at Chateaugay Central School. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he leads workshops for the transition to the Common Core Learning Standards for the local Board of Cooperative Education Services, is a member of the district’s Model Schools Team and Website Coordinator, and serves on the Technology Committee, Building Leadership and Crisis and Safety teams for his school.  This year, Mr. Trombley will also be moving from behind the camera, taking pictures for the school's musical, to the pit band. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Trombley is a member of the Science Extracurricular Activities, the Algebra 1, and Algebra 2 Professional Learning Teams, and participated in the Poverty Simulation Workshop and Introducing Number Theory to Students mini-course.  He credits his participation with the professional development programming for his extended exploration of the flipped classroom model, differentiated instruction and note-taking strategies for high school math students. He also was a participant in a Google Summit weekend of training to become a “turnkey” trainer for his school district as it transforms to a “Google Apps for Education” district.

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Michelle WatkinsMichelle Watkins

Beaver River Central School District

Michelle Watkins received a BS in Biology from Siena College and MS in Aquatic Ecology from Kent State University.  She teaches Living Environment, Advanced Placement Biology and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Global Environment course at Beaver River Central School.   A strong advocate for the use of geospatial tools, ICT (Information & Communications Technology), inquiry approaches, and problem based learning, Ms. Watkins’ professional interests include investigating strategies for conserving biodiversity in diverse ecosystems.  She shares her passion with colleagues as a Teacher Leader with the National Science Foundation’s “Crossing Boundaries” program, traveling to Kenya and to Mexico for curriculum development.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Watkins serves as a faculty representative for multiple school improvement initiatives, and has more than a decade of experience as a department coordinator, an American Red Cross Aquatics/First Aid/CPR Instructor and as an “Envirothon” coach.  She is also member of the National Science Teachers Association, National Association of Biology Teachers, and Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honorary society of women educators.  Ms. Watkins was honored with the Water Stewardship Award by the Lewis County Water Quality Coordinating Committee for extraordinary efforts to safeguard and restore water quality in Lewis County via education.

Alicia WentworthAlicia Wentworth

Canton Central School District

Alicia Wentworth earned her BA in Mathematics, and BS in Secondary Education from SUNY Plattsburgh, followed by MSEd from St. Lawrence University. In her 19 years of teaching at the Canton Central School, she has spent 15 years at the high school level teaching Geometry, Algebra I, and Intermediate Algebra. The four most recent years of her tenure include teaching Seventh Grade Math.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Wentworth coaches basketball and softball and is the advisor of the High School Robotics Team. She serves as a mentor teacher and is the leader of the Professional Learning Community for the Middle School Math Department.  Last year, Mrs. Wentworth worked as a DTL (District Teacher Leader) through St. Lawrence Lewis BOCES to assist with the transition of Common Core Mathematics at the Middle School level.  As a mother, she enjoys teaching in the same district where she and her husband are raising their three children.  Mrs. Wentworth is looking forward to the personal professional growth opportunities and peer collaboration within the NYS Master Teacher Program.

Erin WileyErin Wiley

South Jefferson Central School District

Erin Wiley earned her BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Philosophy from Le Moyne College and Master of Science for Teachers in Secondary Science Education from SUNY Plattsburgh.  In the classroom for ten years, she teaches 7th and 8th grade science and Regents Living Environment at South Jefferson Middle School.  Mrs. Wiley is a strong advocate of teaching her students the importance of becoming life long learners using inquiry-based learning and Socratic questioning.  Her teaching style encourages her students to think outside of the box and to use more abstract thinking to solve problems.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she serves on the Technology Committee of her school and as the Intermediate level subject area representative for the North Country section of the Science Teacher Association of NYS (STANYS). In 2013, she was honored by STANYS with the Intermediate Level Teacher of the Year Award. Mrs. Wiley credits the NYS Master Teacher Program for the increased use of technology as a teaching tool in her classroom and the overall benefit of sharing information with others, and hopes that her students see her sharing as a model for sharing their knowledge with each other in class.

Deborah WilkinsonDeborah Wilkinson

Lyme Central School District

Deborah Wilkinson earned her dual BS in Education in Earth and Space Science Education and General Science Education from Kutztown University and MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Potsdam. Ms. Wilkinson is also a graduate of the Honeywell Space Academy for Educators.   She teaches Integrated Middle School Science, Regents Earth Science, and Regents Physics at Lyme Central School.  In the classroom, Ms. Wilkinson uses natural disasters as an avenue for teaching real world concepts such as safety and preparedness. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Wilkinson is a member of the Annual Professional Performance Review  Committee, the Extracurricular Comptroller for Class and Club Activities, an Odyssey of the Mind Coach, and Class Advisor.  In her role as Mentor Coordinator and New Teacher Orientation (Induction) Co-Coordinator for the Lyme Central School District, she builds programs to support early service teachers that ultimately improve teacher retention. She is an active member of National Earth Science Teachers’ Association, National Science Teachers’ Association, and Science Teacher Association of NYS.  With the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Wilkinson has facilitated the field exploration of the Herkimer Diamond Mines, co-facilitated the Science Extracurricular Activities Professional Learning Team, and participated in the Technology Day workshops.

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Amanda ZulloAmanda Zullo

Saranac Lake Central School District

Amanda Zullo earned her BA in Organizational Communication, and BS in Pre-Medical Studies from the SUNY Geneseo, MA in Secondary Physical Science Chemistry Education from Union Graduate College, and National Board Certification for adolescent and young adult level science, and is a certified National Board Candidate Support Provider. In the classroom for eleven years, Ms. Zullo teaches Chemistry at Saranac Lake High School. She has successfully secured $104,000.00 in federal (USDA Farm to School planning grant) and state (New York State Department of Agriculture) grant funding for the Adirondack Farm to School Initiative. She is a Hope Street Group National Teaching Fellow and is a member of the National Center for Teacher Quality Teacher Advisory Group. Ms. Zullo was a State Finalist for 2015 Presidential Award of Excellence in Math and Science, and serves as a Grant reviewer for the American Chemical Society working to continue elementary school science fairs. She was also honored with the National Education Association Grant for Student Achievement twice and earned the HACH Scientific Foundation/American Chemical Society Award three times. She personally enjoys the North Country full day activities and online book studies. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Zullo enjoys Teacher-to-Teacher Saturday and Technology Day, full-day conferences organized by the region as well as the book studies.

Gretchen ZurloGretchen Zurlo

Saranac Central School District

Gretchen Zurlo earned her BS in Mathematics with certification in Mathematics 7-12 from Siena College and MA in Mathematics from the University at Albany. With 16 years of experience, Mrs. Zurlo teaches Algebra 2 & Trigonometry at Saranac High School. A strong advocate of integrating mathematics and science in her teaching, she involves her students in a variety of activities that provide them with practical, “hands-on” experiences that promote critical thinking and problem solving. Her past projects include a cooperative lesson with the Physics Department at her school on Newton’s Law of Cooling, and a research project entitled “Building Bridges: Connections between Architecture, Mathematics and Science” in which students used functions to model famous bridges. Mrs. Zurlo’s professional interests focus on applied mathematics, the integration of technology, and the education of future math teachers. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Zurlo serves as a class advisor and is a member of Association of Math Teachers of NYS. With the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Zurlo has participated in the Nature’s Classroom Workshop, the Data Collection & Mathematical Modeling mini-course, and is facilitator of the Algebra 2 & the Common Core Professional Learning Team.

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