Southern Tier

Southern Tier

Binghamton University

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Melanie V. AnastasioMelanie Anastasio

Horseheads School District

Melanie V. Anastasio earned her BS in Biochemistry from Cornell University and her MSEd from Elmira College.  Mrs. Anastasio has been teaching for seven years, and she teaches chemistry in the Horseheads School District.  Before teaching, she worked for Procter & Gamble as a research associate in drug design/development for osteoarthritis and congestive heart failure.  In addition, she was a faculty associate at Elmira College where she taught chemistry labs and introductory chemistry.  Her goal as a teacher is to inspire students to continue studying science and become innovators. She believes her students’ learning is enriched by her skill at designing and executing appropriate, guided inquiries and by her ability to effectively collaborate with others (teachers and community members) on projects integrating various student interests. Her professional interests include particle physics and environmental science.  Mrs. Anastastio has received a grant from the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes for the past three years to help fund a field study that she designed in collaboration with the Corning Museum of Glass.  Mrs. Anastasio served on the board for the Fund For Women of the Southern Tier (2011-2013) and continues to be an active member

Laura AustenLaura Austen

Elmira School District

Laura Austen earned her BA in Animal Science from Cornell University. She then worked in the dairy industry as a Herd Manager and Milk Quality Advisor. After working with troubled teens in a vocational education program, Ms. Austen earned her Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Science-Biology from SUNY Cortland. She has been teaching Living Environment, Integrated Science, Environmental Science and ACE Biology in the Elmira City Schools for the past 12 years. Ms. Austen has spent several summers at Cornell Learning Initiative in Medicine and Biomedical Engineering (CLIMB) where she researched various topics including polymer degradation and development of cancer tumor models. PhD graduate students routinely visit her classroom as “Resident Scientists.” Ms. Austen is looking forward to conducting plant research and developing curriculum at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University this summer. According to Ms. Austen, “The best parts of teaching—learning from students and peers and bringing new ideas and best practices into the classroom—is what keeps me excited and motivated.” Ms. Austen is looking forward to the NYS Master Teacher Program because of the many opportunities for personal and professional growth to improve and expand her craft.

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Theresa BartoyTheresa Bartoy

Union-Endicott School District

Theresa Bartoy earned her BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Lawrence Technological Institute, and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Binghamton University. Prior to teaching, she worked for IBM as a Software Engineer. In the classroom for 16 years, and she currently teaches Pre-Calculus, Statistics and Computer Science at Union Endicott High School. She is the Mathletes Coach for Union Endicott and serves as President for the Southern Tier Mathletes. Mrs. Bartoy is a Board Member of Union Endicott Education Foundation, which helps fund creative, enrichment projects for Union Endicott teachers. Mrs. Bartoy has made several presentations at NYS math conferences and local presentations to her colleagues. She is actively involved in the Association for Mathematics Teachers of NYS, where she has served as Recording Secretary, High School Representative, Registration Chair, District Representative and Vice President, and is also a member of National Council of Mathematics Teachers and Computer Science Teachers Association. Mrs. Bartoy encourages students of all ages to explore problem-solving skills through computer programming. She facilitates a local “Hour of Code” – a global movement to promote Computer Science. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Bartoy looks forward to participating in professional learning teams and collaborating with other Master Teachers.

Carl BeebeCarl Beebe

Maine-Endwell Central School District

Carl Beebe earned both his B.S. and his M.S. in Mathematics Education from SUNY Cortland. Mr. Beebe teaches Mathematics at Maine-Endwell High School. His experience has taught him that students learn by doing math; not by watching math being done. Carl uses this philosophy to guide his instructional practices in the classroom by having his students immerse themselves in the work and learning concepts by attempting problems through guided practice. Outside of the classroom, Carl is the Math Department Chairperson and advisor of the Math Competitions Team and Action Ecology Club. He also teaches night classes at SUNY Broome Community College. When Mr. Beebe is not working with students, he enjoys riding ATVs with his two daughters and staying active by playing basketball and continuing to work his small family business of pure maple syrup production. As a Master Teacher, Carl helped plan and facilitate the Designer Genes and SciGirl Queens conference featuring three dynamic, hands-on workshops for girls in grades 4-8 in the Southern Tier. He is excited to be a part of the Master Teacher Program and looks forward to continuing to learn new ways to inspire his students to enter STEM fields of study.

William Begeal

Trumansburg School District

William Begeal earned his BA in Psychology from SUNY Potsdam, and MS in Education from SUNY Binghamton. In the classroom for 15 years, Mr. Begeal teaches 6th Grade Science and 6th Grade Math at Russell I. Doig Middle School.

Nicole BenenatiNicole Benenati

Ithaca School District

Nicole Benenati earned her BA in Biological Science from SUNY at Buffalo, and MSEd from SUNY Cortland. As an undergraduate, she worked in research labs studying ecology and immune response. Ms. Benenati has been at Ithaca High School since 1996, primarily teaching Biology and Environmental Science, and regularly hosting education major student observers and student teachers. She has received Ithaca Public Education Initiative grants for literacy projects and for bringing raptors into the classroom. She is a Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers alumni and has presented at both the Science Teachers Association of NYS and the NYS Outdoor Education Association conferences. Outside of school, Ms. Benenati leads a Girl Scout Troop and regularly volunteers in her children’s classrooms, usually as a guest science presenter. She enjoys camping, hiking, paddling, cooking, and preserving her garden harvest. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Benenati is looking forward to collaborating with other Master Teachers on using technology to enhance student understanding, and transitioning to the Next Generation Science Standards. Ms. Benenati is also looking forward to making connections with scientists and bringing current research to her students.

Danette BerryDanette Berry

Vestal School District

Danette Berry earned her BA in biology, magna cum laude, from Hartwick College, and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Biology Education from Binghamton University.  During her undergraduate years, Ms. Berry studied in Vienna and Paris and was an Empire 8 All-Star softball player.  As a graduate student, she was awarded a Conrad and Virginia Klee Fellowship, a merit-based award for students pursuing the MAT degree in either science or mathematics education.  In the classroom for 11 years, Ms. Berry enjoys writing creative and inquiry-based labs for her Biology students at Vestal High School. Active in professional associations, she presented a workshop on viruses at the Science Teachers Association of NYS, and has written multiple grants to obtain lab supplies for her classroom.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Berry is looking forward to expanding her pedagogical, content and community knowledge through workshops and seminars.  In addition, she intends to both share her knowledge with her colleagues and present at future conferences. Ms. Berry finds inspiration in the words of philosopher and scientist, Aristotle:  “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

Eric BowermanEric Bowerman

Union-Endicott Central School District

Eric Bowerman earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and his M.S. in Science Teaching from Syracuse University, with certification in both Chemistry and Physics Teaching. Mr. Bowerman teaches both Regents Chemistry and Applied Chemistry at Union-Endicott High School and has previously taught Applied Physics. Eric spent several years as a volunteer varsity Track & Field coach before serving as Varsity Cross-Country head coach for five years. His professional interests include volunteering with the Science Olympiad team and utilizing Chromebooks in the classroom. Mr. Bowerman encourages his students to ask “Why?” and finds inspiration in the Albert Einstein quote: “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” As a NYS Master Teacher, Eric has attended the Tissue Engineering mini-course, explored connections between glass-making and the chemistry he teaches by attending a workshop at the Corning Museum of Glass, and learned about the chemistry and physics of cooking. He looks forward to exploring current research topics in science and new ways to bring technology into the classroom, as well as working with pre-service teachers to improve science education.

Benjamin Bowers

Corning City School District

Benjamin Bowers earned his Associate in Science in Physics and Mathematics from Niagara County Community College, BA in Physics, Chemistry and Education from University at Buffalo, and MSEd from Niagara University. In the classroom for eight years, Mr. Bowers teaches Regents Physics and General Chemistry at Corning-Painted Post High School.

Elizabeth BoylanElizabeth Boylan

Elmira School District

Elizabeth Boylan earned her A.A.S. in Chemistry from Broome Community College, B.S. in Chemistry from Binghamton University and M.S.Ed. from Elmira College. While at Binghamton University, she co-authored three publications on the synthesis of vanadium oxides. Prior to teaching, she worked for Corning Incorporated for 15 years as a Technologist and Supervisor in Research and Development where she researched glass compositions and novel approaches to producing planar optical waveguides.  During this time, Ms. Boylan gave a presentation at an American Chemistry Society meeting, co-authored three publications and was granted eight patents.  Currently, Ms. Boylan teaches general science at Broadway Academy. After school, she officiates track, tutors, and offers afterschool programs in environmental science and gardening.  Ms. Boylan, who is passionate about teaching students and families about gardening, was recently awarded a BirdSleuth Garden Grant from Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology. Grant funds will provide money and resources for students and families to make gardening improvements to Broadway Academy’s center courtyard. As a Master Teacher, Lisa appreciates the opportunities she has to interact with other outstanding educators from across the state, sharing and learning about the innovative things that are going on in their classrooms. Ms. Boylan looks forward to continuing collaboration with other Master Teacher and bringing new ideas back to her classroom.

Amy BrainardAmy Brainard

Binghamton City School District

Amy Brainard earned her AA in Liberal Arts from SUNY Broome, and both her BS in Secondary Education Math 7-12 and MSEd in Reading K-12 from SUNY Cortland. In the classroom for 17 years, Mrs. Brainard currently teaches Algebra 2 and International Baccalaureate Mathematics 2 Standard Level at Binghamton High School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Brainard serves on the Liaison Committee and Shared Leadership Team. She is past C-Chair and current member of the Regional Math Leadership Team for Broome Tioga BOCES, and member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS. Outside of school, Mrs. Brainard enjoys tutoring and adjunct teaching. Her hobbies include reading, watching football, golfing and spending time with her family. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Brainard is looking forward to collaborating with other STEM teachers from around the region and joining Professional Learning Teams to help make her a better teacher.

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Renee CadyRenee Cady

Corning-Painted Post Area School District

Renee Cady earned her A.S. in Liberal Arts from Corning Community College and her B.S. in Secondary Education Math, 7 – 12, from Elmira College.  After beginning her career in South Carolina, she earned her M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University.  Mrs. Cady worked in South Carolina for 4.5 years at the middle school level, enjoyed the diversity within her classroom, and developed a real passion for teaching.  She returned to New York and currently works for Corning-Painted Post High School where she teaches Algebra B, Geometry Regents, and Algebra II.  She is a member of the Building Leadership Team and has served as a part of the Mentoring program and as a cooperating teacher for a student teacher from Elmira College.  Outside of the classroom, Renee enjoys spending time with her family and being involved in her children’s sports and activities. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Cady has attended the Mathematical Ideas in Curve Stitching and String Art mini-course, explored ways in which glass-making relates to multiple STEM disciplines at the Corning Museum of Glass, and learned about ways to use Desmos graphing tools with her students. Renee is excited about collaborating with other STEM professionals and being a part of Professional Learning Teams so that she can continue to learn and bring best practices back to her students.

Jennifer Carman-ClarkJennifer Carman-Clark

Elmira City School District

Jennifer Carman-Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Ecosystems from Binghamton University and a Master’s in Teaching from Union College. Ms. Carman-Clark is a science teacher at Elmira High School where she teaches ACE Biology through Corning Community College (Biology 1510 & 1520), Anatomy and Physiology, and Nanotechnology. Jennifer is faculty advisor for the Environmental Club and has been faculty advisor for the Interact Club (Youth Rotary) since 2003, facilitating students in community & international service projects. During that time, the club has raised thousands of dollars and completed hundreds of service hours for worthy causes including projects in India, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, and Nicaragua. Jennifer was honored to receive the Paul Fellows Award from Elmira Rotary in June 2016. As a firm believer in being a life-long learner, she participates in the Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers and recently led a biological research expedition to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with 9 students. Since becoming a Master Teacher, Jennifer has studied the emergence and spread of Lyme Disease in upstate NY, taken the Tissue Engineering mini-course, learned about Evolution & Vertebrate Skeletons, and assisted at a Girls in STEM event. She looks forward to continuing to learn and grow as an educator through the NYS Master Teacher Program.

Davette CarpenterDavette Carpenter

Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District

Davette Carpenter earned her BA in Bio-Chemistry from Canisius College, and MSEd in Secondary Biology 7-12 from SUNY Geneseo. She started her career at Ecology and Environment as a Gas Chromatography Analyst. Ms. Carpenter analyzed soil and water samples, reviewed data, prepared reports, and trained new employees in Analytical Gas Chromatography. 24 years ago she began her teaching career at Canisteo- Greenwood High School, where she currently teaches Regents Chemistry, and Accelerated College Biology. Ms. Carpenter has also worked for the NYS Education Department as a test writer and rater. She has been recognized multiple years by “Who’s Who Among American High School Teacher”, was awarded a College Board Advanced Placement Fellows Stipend, Lead America Certificate, and was also chosen to participate in the Appalachian Regional Commission/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer Science and Math Institute. She is an active member of a Professional Learning Community, Junior National Honor Society Advisor, Chemistry-Bowl team advisor, and Chemistry Olympiad coach. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Carpenter looks forward to collaborating with other Master teachers to help fulfill her desire to be better today than she was yesterday.

Jordan CoffedJordan Coffed

Campbell-Savona Central School District

Jordan Coffed earned his BS in Biological Sciences from SUNY College at Brockport and MSEd for Walden University, Minneapolis.  Mr. Coffed has been teaching for five years, and he teaches 7th Grade Life Science, High School Genetics, and Robotics and Engineering electives at Campbell-Savona Junior/Senior High School in Campbell, NY.  A strong advocate for instilling a sense of relevance and ownership of learning in his students, he involves his students in hands-on, investigative learning experiences that connect science to their daily lives.  Mr. Coffed’s professional interests focus on rewriting assessments to include student reflection aimed at individual learning experiences and data from the classroom.  In addition, through collaboration and incorporation of various core content teachers, Mr. Coffed, utilizes a team-based teaching approach to reestablish the middle school learning model.  He serves as Team Leader for Campbell-Savona's Middle School STEAM Team, and is a member of the National Science Teachers Association.  His favorite quote is, “The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives." – Robert M Hutchins

Stacey L. CostonStacey Coston

Waverly School District

Stacey L. Coston earned her BS in Biology from Oswego state, and her MA in Education from Binghamton University. She has worked with NYS Education Department, Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers, and Howard Hughes Medical Institution.   Ms. Coston has been teaching for 20 years, she teaches Forensic Science, Anatomy and Physiology, and College Biology to 11th and 12th graders at Waverly High School.  A strong advocate of initiating different activities and engaging different learners, she uses cooperative learning, acting material out, presenting information to the classroom, and lab activities.  Her professional interests focus on how the brain learns and immunology.  She was one of eight teachers to serve as a Science Ambassador to the Centers for Disease Control.  In addition, Ms. Coston recently started a local science club that involves students in various after-school activities related to science.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Coston has attended various workshops and Professional Learning Team (PLT) training.  Ms. Coston’s favorite part about teaching STEM is that it is always changing and she loves watching students make a discovery or figure out a difficult concept.

Travis CrockerTravis Crocker

Dryden Central School District

Travis Crocker earned his BA in Geography from SUNY Plattsburgh, BS in Geology from the SUNY at Albany, and MSEd in Secondary Science Education from the SUNY at Albany.  Mr. Crocker has been teaching for 17 years, and he teaches Regents and Honors Earth Science, and Astronomy 101 at Dryden High School.  A strong advocate for the relevance and application of experiential learning, he teaches students the importance of becoming active stakeholders in their education.  He challenges students to find answers to contemporary global science dilemmas, and provides them with the tools needed to be successful in a myriad of STEM fields.  His professional interests include being a co-chair for the Sustainability Club, and organizing and facilitating student-led field trips.  In addition, he is the creator, leader and recruiter of the Conversations with a Scientist high school lecture series.  He is a member of the American Geosciences Institute, the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education, and has been identified as the Dryden High School Teacher of the Year.  Mr. Crocker’s favorite quote from his personal hero is, "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it." – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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JoAnn D'AngeloJoAnn D'Angelo

Vestal School District

JoAnn D’Angelo earned her BA in Mathematics, and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Binghamton University. Throughout her 18 years of teaching, she has taught Academic Intervention Services (AIS) 7 and 8, Math 8, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry. She currently teaches at Vestal Middle School. Mrs. D’Angelo is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS. She is committed in helping her students set goals to help them achieve their highest potential. In addition to her teaching duties, she enjoys coaching the school MathCounts team, where together they grow their appreciation of the beauty of problem solving by using mathematics. Outside the classroom, Mrs. D’Angelo enjoys creating delectable desserts and spending time with her family. As a NYS Master Teacher and a lifelong learner, Mrs. D’Angelo is looking forward to collaborating with peer Master Teachers, participating in Professional Learning Teams and deepening her knowledge of mathematics.

Deborah DaughertyDeborah Daugherty

Union-Endicott School District

Deborah Daugherty earned her BS in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, MS in Electrical Engineering from Binghamton University, and certification in Physics and Technology from SUNY Cortland.  Prior to teaching, Mrs. Daugherty was an engineer at General Electric and Lockheed Martin in the Southern Tier.   In the classroom for 13 years, Mrs. Daugherty teaches Physics at Union-Endicott (UE) High School, where she also served as the Science Department Instructional Leader,  a coach for UE’s Science Olympiad teams for several years, and now advisor for a FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team, TigerTronics.  The TigerTronics Team has expanded in the past two years to include students from Vestal Central School.  In addition to her school responsibilities, she was also a Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) Coach for the UE Science Department. Mrs. Daugherty loves to ride her Harley Davidson motorcycle, exploring our great country on two wheels.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Daugherty looks forward to learning new skills and joining Professional Learning Teams intending to improve student skills in Math, Physics and Engineering.

Sean DaughertySean Daugherty

Newark Valley Central School District

Sean Daugherty earned his A.S. in Engineering Science from Broome Community College, B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Binghamton University and M.A.T. in Physics Education from Binghamton University. Mr. Daugherty became an educator following a 20-year engineering career in the aerospace industry during which he developed and supported products in both the commercial and military markets. Mr. Daugherty has been a certified classroom teacher since 2010, educating students in Physics, Chemistry, Computer Programming and Electronics. He teaches at Newark Valley High School, serves as science department chairperson, advisor for the Interact club, and member of the building safety team and site-based teams. A longtime STEM advocate, Mr. Daugherty coached Science Olympiad teams at Union-Endicott High School for several years prior to co-founding the FIRST robotics team #2053 (the TigerTronics) in 2006 and actively mentoring the team each year since. Sean is an avid Harley Davidson rider and advanced DIY’er in the areas of home improvement and automotive repair. As a NYS Master Teacher, he looks forward to learning from fellow Master Teachers in myriad pedagogic approaches and curricular areas.

Kristen DrehmerKristen Drehmer

Corning City School District

Kristen Drehmer earned her BA in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics, and her MS in Education from Elmira College. She began her career as a long term substitute in an Elementary Classroom and was amazed by the love students had for school. After her long term position she began substituting in a high school, and realized that many students didn’t maintain that same sense of excitement and engagement in the STEM areas as they once did as elementary school students. She decided to become certified in Secondary Mathematics. Mrs. Drehmer has been teaching high school for the past 10 years. She currently teaches International Baccalaureate Math Studies, Advanced Placement Statistics, Algebra II Trigonometry and Algebra B at Corning-Painted Post High School .In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is a member of her district’s Building Leadership Team, Inquiry Team and is part of the district’s Mentoring program. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Drehmer is looking forward to participating in many of the upcoming mini-courses, being part of Professional Learning Teams and having the opportunity to find new ways to help foster the love of learning within her students.

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Sandra FooteSandre Foote

Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES

Sandra Foote earned her B.A. and M.S. in Elementary Education, with a concentration in mathematics, from SUNY Cortland.  After several years of substitute teaching, Mrs. Foote joined the Career and Technical Education department at Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES.  She teaches college level Business Mathematics and Intermediate Algebra and collaborates with the CTE program teachers to bring real world math applications to students.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Foote serves as a mentor to new teachers on campus, is a member of the Professional Development Committee, serves as the TST BOCES Teachers’ Association Retirement Rep, and coordinates the TST BOCES Annual Car Show to raise funds for the Student Leadership fund.  She is also an adjunct math instructor at Tompkins-Cortland Community College and teaches math for the Regional Summer School Program.  When not in the classroom, Mrs. Foote enjoys reading, traveling, fishing, gardening and finding symmetry in nature with her camera.  As a NYS Master Teacher, she looks forward to gaining new knowledge to bring back to her students to help them see math in a different way.

Jeremiah FranklinJeremiah Franklin

Arkport Central School District

Jeremiah Franklin earned his BA in Secondary Mathematics from the SUNY Cortland and his MSEd from the SUNY at Buffalo.  Mr. Franklin has been teaching for 16 years, and he teaches algebra, statistics, pre-calculus, and calculus at Arkport Central School.  A strong advocate for lifelong learning and learning mathematics through investigation, Mr. Franklin involves his students in mini-labs that develop concepts and relates them to their immediate surroundings with the goal to engage their minds for continued exploration.  His professional interests focus on working with colleagues at the elementary and secondary level with the goal to further develop knowledge of content and pedagogy in mathematics.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Franklin has attended various workshops and Professional Learning Teams (PLTs).  Mr. Franklin’s favorite part about teaching is the excitement that students have when they get to apply learned information and understand the relevance of that new knowledge.  His favorite STEM quote is, “Insanity:  doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  – Albert Einstein

Mary FranklinMary Franklin

Hornell School District

Mary Franklin earned her BS in Mathematics from Alfred University, and MS in Education from SUNY Buffalo. In the classroom for 16 years, Mrs. Franklin has taught Math 7, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus and Advanced Placement Calculus throughout her teaching career. She currently teaches at Hornell High School, and is a mentor for pre-service and early career teachers. Outside the classroom, she facilitates workshops on implementing Common Core Geometry and Algebra 2, is the District K-12 Math Committee Member, Ski Club Advisor, and a math tutor. Mrs. Franklin also enjoys many outdoor activities, and spending time with family. As a NYS Master Teacher, she enjoys creating new relationships and collaborating with Master Teachers from the Southern Tier and around New York State.

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Russell GardnerRussell Gardner

Odessa-Montour Central School District

Russell Gardner earned his B.S. in Business Administration (Finance) from the University Of Florida and his M.S. in Education from Old Dominion University. Prior to teaching, Mr. Gardner served twenty-one years in the US Marine Corps. During his military service he served in communications, anti-air warfare and military intelligence before retiring as an aviator flying the EA-6B Prowler. He served throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. He enjoys sharing his past experiences and real world uses of mathematics with his students. Mr. Gardner teaches Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and College Prep Algebra at Odessa-Montour High School, and has experience teaching all levels of mathematics from 6th grade through Calculus. During summers, Mr. Gardner also teaches mathematics for the NYS Department of Corrections to incarcerated individuals. After school hours, Mr. Gardner has coached the school’s baseball and volleyball teams, advised the Interact Club, and been a member of the National Honor Society selection board. Outside school, Russell is a member of the American Legion and the Marine Corps League. Mr. Gardner looks forward to working with fellow and developing teachers through the Master Teacher Program.

Catherine GefellCatherine Gefell

Ithaca School District

Catherine (Kate) Gefell earned her BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. After working for Rohm and Haas Company in Philadelphia, PA for four years, Ms. Gefell returned to Ithaca, and earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from SUNY Cortland. She taught Earth Science in the Spencer Van Etten School District for several years before joining the Ithaca City School District. During her 12 years at Ithaca High School, Ms. Gefell has taught Advanced Placement Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, Earth Science, Chemistry in the Community, and Consumer Chemistry. One of her main goals in the classroom is to help all students feel motivated to and capable of learning science! She was honored with the Raymond C. Loehr Innovative Science Teaching Award for the “Chem Buddies Program” she initiated with a local elementary teacher and friend. Ms Gefell serves as the Advisor for Key Club, a student community service organization. Outside of school, Ms. Gefell enjoys bicycling, swimming and singing. Twice a participant in National Science Foundation-funded Grades K-12 programs at Cornell University, Ms. Gefell looks forward to collaborating with NYS Master Teachers to strengthen science teaching at all levels across the state.

Kerry Glenn-KeoughKerry Glenn-Keough

Ithaca School District

Kerry Glenn-Keough earned her BS in Mathematics from Simmons College in Boston, and MSEd from Syracuse University.  Mrs. Glenn-Keough has been teaching for 13 years, and she teaches mathematics at Ithaca High School.  She is committed to student growth through a strengths-based approach to teaching and learning.  She involves her students in goal setting and self-reflective action plans to help them achieve their highest potential in math.  Mrs. Glenn-Keough is a mentor to new service teachers in the department and a member of the mentoring design team for the Ithaca City School District.  In addition, she serves on the schools PBIS team and is a leader in fostering positive partnerships with colleagues, students and families.  She is looking forward to enriching her practice and knowledge of teaching through working with the exceptional group of teachers in the STEM Master Teacher Program.One of her favorite parts about teaching math is discovering new connections between topics, how they weave together and make sense of one another.  She enjoys helping her students see how what they have learned in a previous course is applicable to what they are currently learning and future learning and applications.

Bonnie GrinnellBonnie Grinnell

Corning City School District

Bonnie Grinnell received her B.S. in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College, her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.S.Ed. from Elmira College. Mrs. Grinnell is a second career teacher, coming to teaching after working as an engineer for Merck for five years at a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. She currently teaches Regents Chemistry, IB Chemistry and SUPA Forensics at the Corning-Painted Post High School. Mrs. Grinnell enjoys sharing her love of science with students at all levels and says the best part of teaching is seeing that “Aha!” moment when a student makes a new and exciting connection. If you cannot find Mrs. Grinnell in her classroom, check the costume closet. Mrs. Grinnell has worked closely with the CPP Drama Club these last three years costuming various productions. She looks forward to networking with other science teachers in the Master Teacher Program as well as expanding her knowledge in both the sciences and pedagogy.

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Terrie HunterTerrie Hunter

Horseheads School District

Terrie Hunter earned her BS degree in Chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry from St. John Fisher College, MS in Chemistry from Cornell University, and her teaching certification from SUNY Cortland.  Mrs. Hunter has been teaching for 13 years, and she teaches general, Regents, and AP chemistry at Horseheads High School.  A strong advocate of guided inquiry learning and scientific relevance, she teaches her students the importance of independent thinking, and uses the POGIL method in her classroom to help students attain problem-solving skills.  In addition, she blends chemistry curriculum such as food chemistry, climate change, and renewable energies to solidify the importance of chemistry curriculum present in the students’ everyday lives.  She is a member of the Science Teachers Association of New York State and the American Chemical Society.  Terrie encourages students to get involved with groups that she advises, such as Science Club, Chem Bowl, Science Olympiad and ECOS club.  Teaching is her passion, chemistry is her interest, and children are the future.  Within the MTP, she has had the opportunity to work with highly motivated professional educators to share curriculum and pedagogy strategies that have helped her become a more effective teacher for her students.

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Catherine JeremkoCatherine Jeremko

Vestal School District

Catherine Jeremko earned her BS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh and Master of Arts in Teaching from Binghamton University.  Ms. Jeremko has been teaching for 18 years, and she teachers Grade 7 and 7 Honors Mathematics at Vestal Middle School in Vestal, NY.  She serves as a mentor to a new teacher at her school.  A strong advocate of the effective use of technology in the classroom, she serves as a Technology Liaison for the Vestal Central School District. Ms. Jermko has authored several books on math and math preparatory materials.  She has made presentations at both mathematics and technology conferences around the state, and conducted professional development in the Vestal district, BOCES and the Teacher Center of Broome County.  Her professional interests focus on collaboration through the use of social media, such as twitter, blogging, and Pinterest.  In addition, she serves as the MathCounts coach and the Yearbook Advisor for Vestal Middle School.  Ms. Jeremko is a member of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State.

Denise JohnstonDenise Johnston

Roxbury School District

Denise Johnston earned her BS in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University, and Master of Arts in Teaching from Binghamton University. She has served in the secondary math classroom for 14 years teaching a variety of courses including Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Advanced Placement Calculus, and College Algebra. Most recently, she teaches high school seniors in a Pre-Engineering program in the Roxbury School District. Mrs. Johnston is an active member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS, and an advisor for the local chapter of the National Honor Society. In her free time, Mrs. Johnston enjoys running and traveling with her family. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Johnston is looking forward to participating in upcoming mini-courses, learning new ways to incorporate technology into her teaching, and to collaborating with many STEM educators on Professional Learning Teams.

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Ray KaschalkRaymond Kaschalk

Bath Central School District

Ray Kaschalk (Mr. K), a twenty-plus year teaching veteran, teaches Regents/AP Physics and other STEM classes at Haverling High School. Ray is a graduate of Mansfield University, and holds a B.S.E. in Secondary Physics Education and an M.S.E. with an emphasis in Computers in Education. Mr. K is a National Board Certified Teacher® in Adolescence/Young Adulthood Science, in the specialty area of Physics, and a multiple honoree of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers®. He serves as a NYSED Education Specialist on the Regents Physical Setting/Physics exam and hosted the NYN Cable Network Physics Regents Review Live! Show, which is re-broadcast statewide annually in mid-May to help students prepare for the Regents Physics Exam. He received nuclear reactor operator and electronics technician training in the US Navy, became a commissioned officer in the US Army Reserve and served as an M-1 Tank Platoon Leader in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Mr. K serves as science department chair and member of the professional development committee. His other passions include learning new things, smallmouth bass fishing, mixed martial arts (3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo), singing in school and church choirs, and, of course, “making physics phun”. As a Master Teacher, Ray has taken the Tissue Engineering mini-course, collaborated with other physics Master Teachers on ways to use Breakout Boxes in Regents Physics class, and co-led the dynamic Physics Breakout Boxes Baby! session at the 2017 Annual Conference at SUNY Buffalo State.

Benjamin KirkBenjamin Kirk

Ithaca School District

Benjamin Kirk earned a BA in mathematics and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Cornell University from Cornell.  He immediately started his teaching career just down the hill at Ithaca High School, where he has taught for 7 years. In addition to teaching Algebra 1, Advanced Placement Statistics, and one of the country’s only high school-level classes in Fractals and Chaos Theory, Mr. Kirk is the faculty advisor and coach of IHS’s nationally-ranked academic Quizbowl team, traveling with them to tournaments as far away as Boston, Washington DC, and Chicago. Mr. Kirk has been an active member on his district’s budget advisory committee and chairperson in the local teachers union, and led the introduction of a flipped-classroom format for the school’s Honors Algebra 1 program. Outside of school, he is a lover of Finger Lakes wine, and can sometimes be found working for a local winery at events. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Kirk is looking forward to Dan Meyer’s Perplexity Session in July and hopes to form a team with fellow teachers across the state to create curriculum and pedagogical recommendations to Governor Cuomo.

James KlemJames Klem

Avoca Central School District

James Klem earned his B.A. in Mathematics (7-12)/Special Education from Keuka College and an M.S. in Secondary Mathematics (7-12) from SUNY Geneseo.  Mr. Klem teaches CC Geometry, CC Algebra II, Gemini Pre-Calculus, ACE Statistics, and ACE Calculus for the Avoca Central School District.  Mr. Klem is active in community wrestling programs and is an avid outdoorsman.  James is a strong advocate of student goal-setting and does everything he can to help students achieve their goals through hard work.  As a New York State Master Teacher, Mr. Klem looks forward to participating in mini courses, collaborating with other Master Teachers, and becoming a mentor for future teachers.

‌Peter Klimas

Vestal School District

Peter Klimas earned his BS in Computer Engineering from Villanova University, MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and completed the University at Buffalo’s teacher certification program. In the classroom for nine years, Mr. Klimas teaches Regents, International Baccalaureate (IB) Standard Level, IB Higher Level, and Advanced Placement 2 Physics at Vestal High School.  Outside his classroom, Mr. Klimas has served as the Physics Department Chairperson and swim team coached, worked with the Cornell Institute for Physics Teachers, is an active member of the American Association of Physics Teachers. He is fascinated by the history of ideas and what questions motivated thinkers of the past to pursue knowledge. As a physics teacher, he finds it unusual that he greatly enjoys the following poem, “No written word, no spoken plea can teach our youth what they should be. Nor all the books on all the shelves, it’s who the teachers are themselves.” As a NYS Master Teacher, he has co-facilitated a Physics mini-course and participated in a Statistics workshop.

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Barbara LaBarre

Binghamton City School District

Barbara LaBarre earned her BA in Biology from SUNY Oswego, and Master of Arts in Teaching in Biology from Binghamton University. In the classroom for 22 years, Ms. LaBarre teaches Regents Chemistry at Binghamton High School.

Andrew LesserAndrew Lesser

Ithaca City School District

Andrew Lesser earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Rochester and his Master of Science in Education from Elmira College. Before becoming a chemistry teacher, Andrew served in the Peace Corps, teaching science in the Solomon Islands. He worked in special education while earning his teaching certification. Andrew teaches honors chemistry, AIS, at Ithaca High School and has developed an elective in Food Science. During the summers he works as a teaching assistant for the chemistry department at Cornell University. After school hours, Andrew advises the Super Smash Brothers club and is DJ for the school’s Brain Team Trivia Nights. In the past he has advised Anime, A Capella, and Sailing clubs. When he is not in the classroom you might find Andrew cooking, reading, parenting 2 young kids, practicing Taekwondo (1st dan black belt), listening to funk or electronic music, canoeing, gardening, trying to figure out how to fix his house, playing board or video games, and now—connecting with other teachers to move all classrooms forward as part of the NYS Master Teacher Program.

Stephanie Lewis

Vestal School District

Stephanie Lewis earned her BS in Chemistry from the University of Scranton, and Master of Arts in Teaching in Education and Chemistry from SUNY at Binghamton. In the classroom for seven years, Ms. Lewis teaches Regents Chemistry, Chemistry IB/SL (International Baccalaureate Standard Level) at Vestal High School.

Alison LockeAlison Locke

Norwich City School District

Alison Locke earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Nazareth College and her M.S.Ed. from Utica College. Mrs. Locke teaches chemistry and physics at Norwich High School, her alma mater. Mrs. Locke is an active member of several district committees including: Links, the Technology Committee, and the Professional Development Team. She serves as Teacher Leader for the Science Department and mentor for new teachers in the high school. In the past, Mrs. Locke has taught summer courses in introductory chemistry at the SUNY Morrisville Norwich campus. Outside the classroom, Mrs. Locke enjoys attending school athletic events and performances, visiting local festivals, and spending time with her family, devoting much of her time to raising her twin toddlers. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Locke looks forward to participating in Professional Learning Teams, collaborating with other science teachers and learning new ways to inspire her students.

Deborah LynnDeborah Lynn

Ithaca School District

Deborah Lynn earned her BS in Nutrition from Cornell University, MS and Master of Philosophy from Yale University in Cellular & Molecular Physiology and teaching certifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  In the classroom 12 years, Ms. Lynn teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Physics at Ithaca High School.  She has served as an AP Reader, a mentor for undergraduate teaching assistants in physics at Cornell, the adviser for the Student Newspaper, and has written questions for the AP Physics 1 Exams.  In addition to her classroom responsibilities, Ms. Lynn has presented at the Cornell Institute for Physics Teachers (CIPT) and the Science Teachers Association of NYS conferences, and she is a member of the NYS Section American Association of Physics Teachers Executive Board.  International teachers utilize the labs she developed, as part of the lending library at CIPT.  Ms. Lynn brings expertise of Science Researchers to high school students through open monthly seminars on a variety of scientific areas.  She is a 3rd Dan Tae Kwon Do instructor, and enjoys knitting and dancing.  She is particularly excited about the collaborative opportunities that the NYS Master Teacher program supports.

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Jayasree MangalagiriJayasree Mangalagiri

Corning City School District

Jayasree Mangalagiri earned her Master’s in Math Education in her home town Hyderabad, India, and is a trained Engineering Design Instructor. She began her teaching career in India and has experience teaching Math, Physical Sciences and Engineering Design. She currently teaches Algebra II and Pre-Calculus and coordinates Math Club activities at Corning-Painted Post High School. Her passion is to promote STEM education amongst the girls. One of the ways Ms. Mangalagiri does this is by implementing the annual “Hour of Code” for elementary students in her community and through her summer camps. An avid reader and human rights advocate, she uses her internet-based radio talk shows to promote what she believes in. “When a person really desires something the entire Universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream” this quote by Paulo Coelho, author of Alchemist, inspires her to instill such desire in her students and to do her part to “change the world, one student at a time”. As a Master Teacher, Jayasree looks forward to enriching her professional growth through workshops, mini-courses and presentations, meeting like-minded, committed professionals and learning best practices that will help her guide students in choosing careers in STEM.

Karin MannKarin Mann

Maine-Endwell Central School District

Karin Mann earned her BS in Adolescence Education/Mathematics from SUNY Cortland and her MA in Educational Psychology from New York University.  Mrs. Mann has been teaching for nine years, and she teaches math at Waverly Central School District.  A strong advocate of bringing meaning to learning, she demonstrates and incorporates various activities that connect mathematics to real-life applications such as, student-led statistical studies and geometric art projects.  Her professional interest involves promoting character education programs, and in addition, she is an active member of the School Based Intervention Team, a Talent Show Advisor, and a Musical and Play Director.  Mrs. Mann is also a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State.  She was named a “Distinguished Teacher” by the Maine-Endwell Class of 2012, an award voted on by students, for teachers who made a significant impact in their lives.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Mann has participated in various workshops and has helped launch a Professional Learning Team on Middle School Math Common Core.  Mrs. Mann’s favorite STEM quote is, “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.” – Albert Einstein

Peter ManuelpillaiPeter Manuelpillai

Elmira School District

Peter Manuelpillai earned his BS in Chemistry and Biology, and Post-graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and MSEd from Mansfield University.  Mr. Manuelpillai has been teaching for 27 years, and he teaches chemistry at Elmira High School.  A strong advocate for student-centered learning, he encourages development in critical thinking and reasoning through active participation in guided-inquiry activities and labs.  His professional interests include his participation in a three–year Professional Development for Advanced Coursework in STEM conducted by the New York State Education Department in partnership with College Board.  In addition, he is a member of National Science Teachers Association and the coach of ChemBowl Quiz team at Elmira High School.  Mr. Manuelpillai has been recognized by the American Chemical Society for his continued guidance and support to one of his students, a 2014 National Finalist for the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad competition.  His favorite part about teaching STEM is awakening the natural curiosity of students through labs, demonstrations, and other hands-on activities that nurture the curiosity of students.  Mr. Manuelpillai’s favorite STEM quote is, “Science provides a special way of knowing about the world.” – John Moore

Susan MayerSusan Mayer

Binghamton City School District

Susan Mayer earned her BS in Science with a concentration in Earth Science from SUNY Oneonta and Master of Arts in Teaching from Binghamton University.  Ms. Mayer has been teaching for 15 years, and she teaches earth science at Binghamton High School.  She is a strong advocate for collaborative learning and teaching using Kagan structures.  Ms. Mayer was a Mentor Teacher for the 2013-2014 school year for the SUNY Cortland Clinically Rich Teacher Preparation Pilot Program for two earth science student teachers.  She co-taught (based on St Cloud State University - Minnesota model) using data-driven instruction, instructional technology, innovative teaching methods (Kagan Cooperative Learning model), common core standards and differentiated assessments in Regents Earth Science classes that had diverse student populations (students with high poverty rates, special education students and special need students).  Within the MTP she is the co-facilitator of the Literacy in Science PLT.  She loves earth science and has had a passion for it since she was a child. She enjoys seeing her students learn about the world around them.  A favorite quote of hers is "The Mediocre teacher tells. The Good teacher explains. The Superior teacher demonstrates. The Great teacher inspires." – William Arthur Ward

Katherine McNelis FlintKatherine McNelis Flint

Hornell City School District

Katherine McNelis Flint earned her B.S. in Natural Sciences & Chemistry from SUNY Geneseo, and her M.S. in Education from Alfred University. Mrs. Flint began her career as a chemical technician in the pharmaceutical field where she performed analytical and instrumental analysis of product raw material and controlled substances. Her later environmental experience included instrumental analysis of hazardous waste, drinking and wastewater drinking water, using gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy. Mrs. Flint teaches Regents Chemistry and AP/ACE Chemistry at Hornell High School where she has previously taught Biology and Physical Science. An affiliate of the American Chemical Society, she has served as department chair and as member of the Building Leadership and Professional Learning Teams. Additionally, she is an adjunct Professor teaching Chemistry at SUNY Alfred. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors and with her family. Watching students have that “aha” moment is her favorite element of teaching. Albert Einstein’s quote “You never fail until you stop trying” promotes her desire to encourage student involvement in learning and STEM. Mrs. Flint looks forward to collaborating with other master teachers to provide opportunities for her students to discover the relevance and application of material learned in class.

Sandra MignereySandra Mignerey

Vestal School District

Sandra Mignerey earned her BS in Biology in Secondary Education from Penn State University, and MSEd in Biology in Secondary Education from SUNY Cortland. Mrs. Mignerey is certified to teach Health (K-12) and holds the necessary credentials to act as an Emergency Medical Technician. She has 16 years of classroom experience, having taught science in both middle and high school settings. Currently, Mrs. Mignerey teaches Living Environment at Vestal High School. She identifies her primary classroom goal as twofold: First, she strives to assist students in developing confidence in their abilities to genuinely grasp and apply scientific knowledge. Second, she is committed to cultivating each student’s awareness of the relevancy of Biology in their daily lives. Throughout her career, Mrs. Mignerey has coached numerous teams and clubs, both academic and athletic. She is a Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers Alumna, and has lead several school/district-wide workshops to share her teaching practices with her colleagues. Outside of school, Mrs. Mignerey devotes her time to raising her two young sons, and volunteers as an elementary Odyssey of the Mind Coach. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Mignerey is looking forward to expanding her content and pedagogical knowledge, and helping pre-service teachers find inspiration in the classroom.

John MillerJohn Miller

Elmira School District

John Miller earned his BS and MS in Education from Mansfield University. Prior to teaching, Mr. Miller worked in construction and as a construction inspector for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The first 19 years of his career were spent teaching College Physics, Regents Physics, and various electives including Astronomy and Forensics. He has also taught Physics at Corning Community College. He currently teaches 7th grade Physical Science at Broadway Academy. Mr. Miller is an active member of Science Teachers of NYS and the American Association of Physics Teachers. Coaching Varsity Basketball for 11 years, he was awarded the Star Gazette Coach of the Year Award and the Kiwanis Coach of the Year Award. He spends many evenings and weekends coaching youth soccer and basketball in Elmira. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Miller is looking forward to participating in the course “Nudging Newton: Next Generation Science for Elementary Teachers and K-12 Physical Science Learning Progressions,” joining the Professional Learning Team “Talking Across Curricula,” as well as meeting science and math education majors.

Marguerite (Meg) MoyerMarguerite Moyer

Vestal Central School District

Marguerite (Meg) Moyer earned her B.A. in Mathematics at St. Bonaventure University and her M.S.Ed. from Binghamton University. Mrs. Moyer has taught a wide variety of courses within the math department at Vestal High School and has served on various committees, including Mentoring and IB Steering Committees. Currently, she teaches International Baccalaureate SL 1 & 2 and Geometry Workshop. In her free time, Meg enjoys watching her three children and her students participate in sporting, art, and music events. Recently, she began running and completed her first 5K, Vestal’s Running of the Bears. As a member of the Vestal faculty, Mrs. Moyer is committed to staying on top of the latest research and continually engaging in professional development courses and collegial idea-sharing with the other teachers in her department. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Moyer looks forward to collaborating with teachers across New York State while expanding her pedagogy and deepening her knowledge of mathematics.

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Bryan Neubert

Sidney School District

Bryan Neubert earned his BA in Science from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and MS in Education from SUNY at Binghamton. In the classroom for nine years, Mr. Neubert teaches Regents Earth Science at Sidney High School.

Chelsea Northrop

Binghamton City School District

Chelsea Northrop earned her BS in Mathematics from Binghamton University, and MS in Education from St. John Fisher College. In the classroom for five years, Ms. Northrop teaches Regents Algebra CC, Foundations of Algebra A, Enriched Geometry at Binghamton High School.

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Debra OrtloffDebra Ortloff

Vestal School District

Debra Ortloff earned her BS in Engineering, and Masters of Engineering from the University of Louisville, and Masters of Teaching from Binghamton University. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Ortloff worked as an engineer for IBM as well as Universal Instruments. Mrs. Ortloff left engineering to pursue teaching. She has 12 years of experience teaching eighth grade mathematics and eighth grade honors mathematics at Vestal Middle School. Mrs. Ortloff is currently a Math Counts co-leader. She also assists students who are interested in learning about robotics. Mrs. Ortloff is a member of Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Mrs. Ortloff has been a Committee Chair for the After-Prom event as well as Team Parent for several sports teams. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Ortloff is looking forward to participating in several courses which connect her love of mathematics to her love of science, and integrating technology into the classroom. One of Mrs. Ortloff’s favorite quotes is “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” (Thomas Edison) so keep trying.

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Chrissandra PalermoChrissandra Palermo

Campbell-Savona Central School District

Chrissandra Palermo earned her BA in Biology with a concentration in Ecology from Alfred University, and an MS in EEE (Environment, Ecology, and Evolution) from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In the classroom for eight years at Campbell-Savona School District, she currently teaches 8th grade STEAM Physical Science, Sustainable Living – a high school environmental STEM course, and ACE Environmental Science – a college accredited high school STEM course hosted by Corning Community College. Mrs. Palermo serves as an Advisor for the High School Recycling Club, Middle School Student Council, and Class Advisor. She also is known to volunteer her time to help coordinate and run teacher-initiated school programs for the Middle School STEAM Family Night and Pick Your Path Night for High School students. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Palermo has a passion for a sustainable lifestyle, pursuing a deeper knowledge for natural alternatives to conventional practices and exposing not only her students to “green” alternatives but also her family and friends. As a NYS Master Teacher, she is looking forward to participating in professional development through the mini-courses and professional learning teams. She is excited for the opportunities to build strong connections with other STEM teachers within her region.

Elaine PerkinsElaine Perkins

Elmira School District

Elaine Perkins earned both her BS in Mathematics and her MS in Education from Elmira College. In the classroom for 27 years, Ms. Perkins currently teaches Algebra II/Trigonometry and Accelerated College Education (ACE) Calculus at Elmira High School. As the adviser for the Elmira High School National Honor Society, Ms. Perkins works closely with students to promote scholarship, leadership, character, and service. She is passionate about teaching mathematics and aspires to challenge her students to become “big fish”. Ms. Perkins is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS. Her students have shown their appreciation by recognizing her as a University of Rochester Singer Family Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching Finalist, Twin Tiers Outstanding Educator, WETM Television Golden Apple Award recipient, and with a Tufts University Tribute Recognition. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Perkins looks forward to working with other Master Teachers to explore best practices for teaching within the STEM curriculum.

Ann Phinney-ForemanAnn Phinney-Foreman

Waverly School District

Ann Phinney-Foreman earned her BS in Secondary Education Chemistry from Clarion University and her MS in Computer Science from Binghamton University. Mrs. Phinney-Foreman has been teaching high school science, mainly chemistry at Waverly High School for 27 years. She participated in several Research Experiences for Teachers at Cornell University and one at the IBM Research Facility in Almaden, CA. She has received several recognitions, some of which include the NYS lottery as “Educator of the Week” and the Elmira-Corning section of the American Chemical Society for “Outstanding Dedication to Science Education”. Her most memorable honors have come from former and current students who have identified her as the person integral to their success at college. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Phinney-Foreman enjoys her “Strong Women” program where she lifts weights and socializes with friends and coworkers. She is also a co-advisor to the Science Club, Quiz Team, and is the Chem Bowl Advisor. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Phinney-Foreman is always impressed with the motivation and dedication of her peers, and looks forward to learning with and from them.

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Jeanne Raish

Avoca Central School District

Jeanne Raish earned her BS in Biology from Fayetteville State University and MSEd in Biology from SUNY Geneseo. She is an active member of the Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers, Science Teachers Association of NYS, and the National Mole Day Foundation.  Ms. Raish has been teaching for 27 years and holds certifications in Biology, General Science, Chemistry, and Physics. She developed the Marine Biology and Forensics courses that she currently teaches. Additionally Ms. Raish provides instruction in Living Environment lab, and Regents Chemistry at Avoca Central School.  Prior to teaching, she served in the Army, and worked as a hospital laboratory technician specializing in microbiology. Ms. Raish believes that giving back to her community is important, and has been an advisor for Chem Bowl teams, Robotics Club, and chaperoned students at “Splash!” Cornell events. Outside of school, she owns and trains two therapy dogs, and together they visit schools, colleges, libraries, and senior centers. She’s an active member of Therapy Dogs International, Newfoundland Club of America, and the Genesee Region Newfoundland Club and enjoys competing with her Newfoundland, Brody.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Raish is looking forward to networking with her colleagues and becoming involved in moving science education forward.

Elizabeth Roe

Waverly School District

Elizabeth Roe earned her Associate in Science from SUNY College of Technology at Alfred, BS in Biology and Chemistry from SUNY Cortland and Master of Arts in Teaching in Biology from SUNY Cortland. In the classroom for 15 years, Ms. Roe teaches Living Environment at Waverly High School.

Christopher RustonChristopher Ruston

Johnson City Central School District

Christopher Ruston has earned an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Chemical Engineering Technology from Broome Community College, a B.S. in Chemistry from Syracuse University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Binghamton University. Christopher teaches at Johnson City High School and has experience teaching at grade levels 8-12. He has taught both Chemistry and Physics at levels from local to AP as well as several other science elective courses. Prior to teaching, Christopher enjoyed a career as an industrial research and process chemist working in the paper industry. Mr. Rushton coaches his school’s Science Olympiad team and is the faculty advisor for the High School Gay-Straight Alliance. Christopher has been active in community development projects including organizing neighborhood events and serving as block captain for his Neighborhood Watch group. Christopher enjoys spending his spare time with his family, especially his children and new grandchild. A hobby that occupies much of his time is training for and participating in endurance triathlon and running events including recently completing his first marathon. As a Master Teacher, he is interested in workshops related to maker spaces and inclusion and is most looking forward to having the opportunity to collaborate with other Physics teachers at the monthly cohort meetings.

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James SarokaJames Saroka

Lansing School District

James (Jamie) Saroka earned his BS in Animal Science, and his MS in Nutrition Biochemistry from Cornell University. Prior to teaching, Mr. Saroka worked as a Research Support Specialist at Cornell University, and as a Quality Assurance Manager in the Poultry Research Department of Babcock Industries. Currently in his 12th year of teaching, Mr. Saroka teaches Regents Chemistry at Lansing High School. Mr. Saroka is the Chemistry Subject Area Representative for the Southern Region of Science Teachers Association of NYS, and is a member of the American Association of Chemistry Teacher. He coaches JV Boys Soccer, Modified Girls Basketball, and is the Assistant Advisor for the Robotics Club. Mr. Saroka is always willing to help students in their fundraising activities, volunteering as a chaperone and has participated in Twinkie-eating contests. Outside of school, Mr. Saroka is active in Boy Scouts as a member of the Council Advancement Committee, teaching Boating Safety at summer camp, and helping to train adults to be effective leaders. Mr. Saroka enjoys running and playing golf. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Saroka is looking forward to the opportunities for professional development and joining the Chemistry Professional Learning Team.

Jacqueline ScallanJacqueline Scallan

Binghamton City School District

Jacqueline Scallan earned her BA in Geography and English, Diploma in Education, and MA in Geography all from the National University of Ireland, Cork, and MS in Instructional Design Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University.  Ms. Scallan has been teaching for 10 years, and she teaches IB Environmental Systems and Societies at Binghamton High School.  In addition, she is also the Curriculum Specialist for Science at Binghamton High School.  A strong advocate in affirming that students can become scientists, she takes students out in the field to evaluate the quality of local rivers, and collect and analyze real field data.  Her professional interests focus on improving critical thinking and writing.  Her current projects involve advising several students that are writing their extended essays for the IB Diploma.  She is also a member of the Geological Society of America, Science Teachers Association of New York State, and National Science Teachers Association.  Within the MTP, she took part in a workshop on earthquakes and probability, and went on a really great three-day field trip to the Adirondacks with other teachers in the program.  Her favorite quote is, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” –Nelson Mandella

Danielle Schmider DorseyDanielle Schmider Dorsey

Charlotte Valley Central School District

Danielle Schmider Dorsey earned her BA in anthropology from Hartwick College, BS in Adolescent Education: Biology from SUNY Oneonta, and MS in Life and Chemical Science from the University of Maryland.  Prior to teaching, Mrs. Dorsey worked in the field of Emergency Medical Services.  In the classroom for eight years, she teaches Living Environment, Chemistry, and Middle School Life Science at Charlotte Valley Central School.  She serves as a member of the school’s Inquiry Team, an activity leader for College Reach-out Program, and a science tutor.  Mrs. Dorsey finds inspiration from her students and provides learning activities based on her students’ interests.  She was awarded the “Lowe’s Toolbox for Education” grant to create an aquaponics program at her school.  Mrs. Dorsey is an avid believer in hands-on learning opportunities that provide students with the same love and admiration for science as she has.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Dorsey is looking forward to participating in and learning from the many opportunities the NYS Master Teacher Program provides and bringing the knowledge she learns back into her classroom to inspire her students further.

Andrea SchneiderAndrea Schneider

Lansing Central School District

Andrea Schneider received her Astronomy and Archaeology A.B. from Cornell University and her M.A.T. in Physics from Binghamton University. Prior to teaching, Ms. Schneider worked as an archaeologist in Greece, did programming for Cornell’s South Pole telescope, and ran Roberson Museum and Science Center’s planetarium. Ms. Schneider teaches Regents Physics, dual credit Physics, and dual credit Astronomy at Lansing High School. Previously, she taught middle school physical science in Greene, NY where she was interviewed for SUNY Albany's 2009 Middle School Best Practices Report. She is a member of NSTA, STANYS, and a lifetime member of ADK. Ms. Schneider advises the Lansing FTC Robotics Team, runs the school newspaper, and is the HOBY coordinator. She is a judge for the Cornell Cup USA, an embedded systems competition, and runs robotics summer camps for the local Parks and Rec department and Cornell University’s Diversity Program in Engineering’s CATALYST Academy. She wrote NGSS-based lessons for Intel’s America’s Greatest Makers TV show. Ms. Schneider loves to bake and feed her science colleagues. As a Master Teacher she looks forward to professional development and collaboration opportunities and to spreading what she learns throughout her district.

Colleen SchultzColleen Schultz

Vestal School District

Colleen Schultz earned her BS in Mathematics and Elementary Education from St. Bonaventure University, and MSEd from Binghamton University.  Mrs. Schultz has been teaching for 23 years, and she teaches Mathematics 8, Common Core Algebra I, and AIS Math 7 and 8 at Vestal Middle School.  A strong advocate of using technology in the classroom, hands-on learning, and applications of mathematics across the content areas, she involves her students in a variety of activities that help students make real-world connections between mathematics and other subjects.  Her professional interests focus on teaching reading and writing strategies in the mathematics classroom and conceptual approaches to mathematics education.  Current projects include developing curriculum documents and materials aligned with Common Core Learning Standards and the teacher support necessary to implement the CCLS.  In addition, she serves as the department chair of the Vestal Middle School Mathematics Department, is a math coach for both the Vestal School District and Broome-Tioga BOCES, has served as a teacher mentor for the Vestal School District, and is a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State.  Mrs. Schultz was recently honored with the Principal’s Pride Award at for her contributions to the school community.

Karen SeifertKaren Seifert

Ithaca School District

Karen Seifert earned her AAS in Criminal Justice from SUNY Broome, BS in Teaching Secondary Mathematics from SUNY Cortland, and Master of Science in Teaching in Mathematics from Binghamton University. Over the course of her 20 years of teaching at Ithaca High School, she has taught all levels of NYS Regents courses as well as Intermediate Algebra, Intro to Statistics, Advanced Placement Statistics, and Computer Programming. She also taught Statistics for two years at Auburn Correctional Facility as part of the Cornell Prison Education Program. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Seifert has been the Advisor for the Math Team, Debate Club, and Classes of 2004 and 2015. Outside the classroom, Ms. Seifert enjoys watching her students perform in theater, music, and athletics. Her leisure activities include crocheting, relaxing at her family's Pennsylvania lake house, and cuddling with her two dogs. Ms. Seifert has raised two puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, the first of which is now a working with a narcotics K9 unit with the Westchester Police Department. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Seifert is most looking forward to sharing ideas with outstanding STEM teachers and attending her first mini-course, Geometric Investigations using Everyday Materials.

Susanna SeipSusanna Seip

Corning City School District

Susanna Seip earned her BS in Chemistry and MSEd from Mansfield University.  She also holds National Board Certification for Chemistry.  Mrs. Seip has been teaching for 26 years, and she teaches Honors and International Baccalaureate Chemistry at Corning Painted Post High School. She is a strong advocate for inquiry-based learning, critical thinking/problem solving techniques, and encouraging her students to be life-long learners.  She involves her students in interdisciplinary group projects, and technology infused experiments. Her professional interests focus on curriculum design, modeling chemistry techniques, student assessment, differential instruction, and cooperative learning.  In addition, she serves as the science department chair, Science Olympiad advisor, Chem Bowl advisor and Interact advisor involving students in a variety of community service activities. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, NYSUT, and the National Science Teachers Association. She was recently honored with the ServU Credit Union Teacher Award in the spring of 2014.  As part of the MTP, Mrs. Seip has been involved in PLT groups (chemistry and local PLT). She has also attended numerous mini courses, and workshops on literacy, science, math.

Sonya SkinnerSonya Skinner

Vestal School District

Sonya Skinner earned her AA in Liberal Arts from Broome Community College, BA in Biology from Binghamton University, and MA in Education from Elmira College. In the classroom for eight years, Mrs. Skinner currently teaches Regents Earth Science and 8th grade Physical Science at Vestal Middle School, where she also serves on the Building Planning Team and the Response to Intervention Team. Mrs. Skinner also serves as the Supervisor for the Reading Buddies, a club that reads to pre­school students within the district. Mrs. Skinner is a member of, the Science Teachers Association of NYS and the National Science Teachers Association. Prior to her career in education, Mrs. Skinner spent two years as an Americorps volunteer working in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. She also spent three years running a recreation program for Fairview Recovery Services in Binghamton. During that time she also received her EMT­Basic and volunteered with Chenango Ambulance. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Skinner is looking forward to participating in the upcoming mini-­course “Science Teaching in NYS: Past Present and Future” and joining Professional Learning Teams.

James SlatteryJames Slattery

Ithaca School District

Jim Slattery earned his BS in Microbiology from Cornell University and worked at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine before completing his M.Ed. at SUNY Cortland.  This year marks Mr. Slattery’s 35th year in the classroom.  Mr. Slattery teaches Principles of Chemistry, and Consumer Chemistry at Ithaca High School and during the summer months, he is a teaching assistant with Cornell’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Mr. Slattery is a long time active member of the American Chemical Society through which he advises Ithaca High’s Chemistry Club. He served on countless committees, advised various clubs from Ping Pong to Poetry and early in his career, coached track and football.  Mr. Slattery enjoys singing and acting, and is a member of The Savage Club of Ithaca. Mr. Slattery is eternally grateful to his parents for making science part of his everyday world when growing up, cultivating his curiosity and encouraging his imagination. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Slattery is looking forward to participating in the upcoming workshop “Let’s not reinvent the wheel” and becoming a contributing member to various Professional Learning Teams. He is particularly interested in Science Literacy, STEM in the Southern Tier, and Chemistry Capers.

Amy SmithAmy Smith

Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District

Amy Smith earned an A.A.S. in Accounting from Corning Community College, a B.S.E. in Earth and Space Science/General Science from Mansfield University and a Masters in Geoscience from Mississippi State University, and has a certificate in Phlebotomy from GST BOCES. Ms. Smith teaches Regents Earth Science and General Earth Science at Canisteo-Greenwood Central School where she is co-advisor of the High School Yearbook Club and the 8/9 Junior Honor Society. As part of her Yearbook Club duties, she runs the concession stand during the winter sports season where she is known far and wide for making salty popcorn. When she is not at school, she enjoys spending time with family and friends or working on projects around the house. Amy and her daughter like to take spur of the moment road trips to random places around the country with a goal of visiting all 50 states before she retires; they have already visited 40 states! Ms. Smith loves to learn new things and looks forward to taking advantage of all of the workshops and mini-courses that the NYS Master Teacher Program offers.

Neil SnedekerNeil Snedeker

Roxbury School District

Neil Snedeker earned his BS in Atmospheric Science, cum laude, with a minor in mathematics from the University at Albany and his Masters in Education in Adolescent Education from the University at Buffalo. Mr. Snedeker has been teaching for six years and currently teaches Physics, Earth Science, 6th grade intermediate Earth Science, Astronomy, and Meteorology in the Roxbury Central School District. The culture of his classrooms is designed to encourage curiosity and make connections to everyday experiences. Mr. Snedeker is a coach for both of Roxbury’s Science Olympiad teams, for the Girls on the Run program, and a chaperone for a variety of extracurricular activities. He was recently selected to participate in the Appalachian Regional Commission/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute, a two-week residential program. As an active member of the Roxbury Collaborative Model Team, he works with community stakeholders to improve achievement and culture within the district. When not in school most of his time is spent snowshoeing, kayaking, hiking or backpacking. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Snedeker looks forward to working with the other Master Teachers to help ensure that all students maintain their sense of wonder and curiosity.

Janice St. PierreJanice St Pierre

Bath Central School District

Janice St. Pierre earned her AAS in Laboratory Animal Technology from Stockbridge School of Agriculture at University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass), and both her BS and MA in Biology from SUNY Geneseo. Ms. St. Pierre earned additional graduate credits in Evolutionary Biology at UMass, and Chemical Engineering at Cornell. Prior to teaching, she was a lab technician for the dairy industry, an intern in microscopy at Corning Inc., an EMT, a public health inspector for New York State, and an adjunct professor for Corning Community College. In the classroom for 25 years, Ms. St. Pierre started teaching middle school science and transitioned to high school chemistry at Bath Central School District. She has taught a wide range of courses including Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Horticulture, and Consumer Chemistry. She currently teaches Regents Chemistry, Chemistry and Biology. A life-long learner, she also completed a summer Oceanology course with Wright’s Institute at Woods Hole, and a research experience at Oakridge National Laboratory, presenting research findings at the National Organismic Evolutionary Biology Conference at UMass. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. St. Pierre is a member of Chemistry Capers Professional Learning Team recently exploring Breakout Boxes for the chemistry classroom, and participated in the Tissue Engineering and Biology of Cancer mini-courses.

Tim StrantzTimothy Strantz

Harpursville School District

Tim Strantz earned his AA in Liberal Studies from Broome Community College, BS in Secondary Education in Geology and MEd from SUNY Cortland.  During his years at SUNY Cortland, Mr. Strantz studied carbonate sediments in the Florida Keys, Karst Geomorphology in Northern Pennsylvania, and banded iron formations in Northern Canada.  In the classroom for 11 years, Mr. Strantz teaches Earth Science at Harpursville Central High School.  Over the years, he has been a STEM mentor and has taught a variety of courses including Environmental Science, Conservation Biology, and College Geology.  He coaches the Varsity Volleyball Team which has had two undefeated seasons and took third place in NYS in 2014.  Mr. Strantz also enjoys running youth turkey hunts in the spring to inspire young men to lead active healthy lifestyles and become good stewards of the land.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Strantz is looking forward to participating in the course on Physics and Chemistry in Earth Science and working with some of the best minds in science and education.

Tracy SuggsTracy Suggs

Vestal School District

Tracy Suggs earned her BS and MS in Biology from Purdue University. Since that time she has been teaching (and learning!) chemistry. For the last 24 years, Mrs. Suggs has been at Vestal High School, teaching Regents, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Chemistry classes. She has enjoyed supervising high school chemistry students to perform in the Chemistry Magic Show for local 4th grade classes. The Chemistry Magic Show is full of exciting chemistry demonstrations meant to thrill and entice younger students with chemistry. (As the students say, “Is it Magic… or is it Science?”) Mrs. Suggs is currently an NYS Education Specialist in the Department of Assessments. She has been a partner in the High School POGIL Initiative and a Mentor in the NYS Biology-Chemistry Professional Development Network. In the Fall of 2016, Mrs. Suggs was honored as the recipient of the ACS Division of Chemical Education Northeast Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching. “I am honored and humbled to be recognized for work that has been the product of so many 'masterful' teachers and amazing students over the years.” Mrs. Suggs has found the most beneficial part of the NYS Master Teacher Program to be the enriching collaboration of teachers, post-secondary professionals and community members toward the common goal of benefiting student learning through excellent teaching.

David SyracuseDavid Syracuse

Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES

David Syracuse earned his BA in Biology Education from Ithaca College, and MSEd from SUNY Cortland.  Mr. Syracuse has been teaching for nine years, and he teaches general science at Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES.  A strong advocate for critical thinking and problem solving in a global society, he believes that the solution to the problems of our time will not be found with any amount of Googling; rather, that great integrator of knowledge, the human mind, will produce them.  He involves his students in more labs than quizzes, more dry humor than lecture, and plenty of fire, water-balloon launchers and larger-than-life periodic tables.  His professional interests include integrating science into core classes.  He has worked extensively with the ASSET program at Cornell University to design labs using the protist Tetrahymena, and has had two rounds of NSF GK-12 grant at Cornell.  His paper concerning the connection between the phase of the moon and student behavior appeared in the STANYS Bulletin.  In addition, he is a member of STANYS, the US Metric Association, and is the Vice President and percussion section leader of the Ithaca Concert Band.  He was honored with Cayuga Radio Group’s Apple for the Teacher award for excellence in teaching. 

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Karen Taylor

Dryden Central School District

Karen Taylor earned her BS in Biology and Education from SUNY Fredonia, and MS in Biology and Education from SUNY Cortland. In the classroom for 17 years, Ms. Taylor teaches Biology 104 (College Concurrent Course through TC3), Regents Living Environment (Biology) at Dryden High School.

Kristine TaylorKristine Taylor

Corning City School District

Kristine Taylor earned her BA in biology from Russell Sage College and her MS in Education from SUNY Albany. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Taylor worked as a research assistant in laboratories at Cornell University, University of California at San Diego, and TELIOS Pharmaceuticals.  In the classroom for 22 years, Mrs. Taylor teaches Honors Biology and International Baccalaureate Biology at Corning-Painted Post High School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Taylor advises the Key Club organization, and currently serves as President of the Parent-Teacher Association at William E. Severn Elementary School. She is also a member of her district’s Building Design and Transition Team, Mentoring Steering and Honors Curriculum Committees. As a New York State Master Teacher, Mrs. Taylor is looking forward to participating in the upcoming mini-courses, “Statistical Inference” and “Evolution and Health”, and joining the Biology Teacher’s Professional Learning Team.

Vicki TibbalsVicki Tibbals

Newfield School District

Vicki Tibbals earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology/General Science and Health Science, and her MSEd in Biology from SUNY Cortland. In the classroom for 13 years, Ms. Tibbals taught Physical Science at Greene Middle School before changing to Living Environment and Biology for college credit at Newfield High School. She participated in summer programs for STEM educators with the Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers and Boyce Thompson Plant Research Institute, and collaborates with researchers from those organizations to bring labs and Citizen Science investigations into her classroom. PhD students have served as guest lecturers in her classroom as part of Cornell’s Graduate Student School Outreach Program. Ms. Tibbals coaches Varsity Volleyball and serves on the National Honor Society Faculty Committee. An avid outdoors-woman, she enjoys scuba diving, hiking, and exploring nature with her children. Ms. Tibbals believes that the key to sparking and maintaining student interest and engagement in science is to be passionate about the subject and to get students out into real-world science settings as much as possible. As a NYS Master Teacher, she has participated in the Biology of Cancer and Tissue Engineering mini-courses, a workshops on Lyme disease, skill building for academic perseverance, and developing math-science collaborations through a sustainability curriculum.

Kyle TibbitsKyle Tibbits

Harpursville School District

Kyle Tibbits earned his BA in Physics with a concentration in Adolescent Education from SUNY Geneseo, and MEd from Walden University.  Mr. Tibbits has been teaching for five years, and he teaches Regents Physics/ Lab, Foundations of Geometry, and College Preparatory for Science Majors at Harpursville Jr./ Sr. High School.  His professional interests focus on creating models to dispel misconceptions in physics, minimizing lecture in the classroom, and utilizing Standards Based Grading as a means to provide student growth through assessment.  His current projects include developing and mentoring courses that transition with the students’ progression through high school and incorporate coding into geometry.  In addition, Mr. Tibbits serves as the Science Department Chairperson at Harpursville, the Colesville Dollars for Scholars Website Administrator, and he coaches the Boys Varsity Boys Track & Field team.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Tibbits has attended various mini-courses and he looks forward to future cohort and meetings.  His favorite parts about teaching STEM is witnessing students overcome their fears of learning science, teaching them the positives of making mistakes and growing from them, and the smile on their faces when they achieve what they thought was impossible.

Stephen TibenskyStephen Tibensky

Union-Endicott Central School District

Stephen Tibensky earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Scranton and M.A.T. from Binghamton University. Mr. Tibensky teaches regents Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and an after school science course at Union Endicott High School. He introduced Science Olympiad to Union Endicott High School in 2000 and has been the head coach ever since. He received the “Distinguished Education Award” from the American Chemical Society: Binghamton Section in 2007 for the success of his AP students and the Science Olympiad team. Last year, Mr. Tibensky was recognized as a Founder’s Day Award recipient by Union Endicott High School for his ability to relate and reach out to his students. Mr. Tibensky co-advises the Yes Leads Club which educates youth on the debilitating effects of teen alcohol and drug use in our state. Outside of the classroom, Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, especially watching his children’s many sporting events. As a Master Teacher, Mr. Tibensky looks forward to sharing teaching techniques, secrets, and positive student experiences with fellow teachers and is also very excited to share ideas, experiences, and stories with the pre-service teachers.

Jordan TitusJordan Titus

Hornell School District

Jordan Titus earned his BS in biometry & statistics at Cornell University and Master of Arts in Teaching at Binghamton University, where he was awarded a Klee Fellowship, a merit-based award for students pursuing a teaching degree in science or mathematics education. In the secondary math classroom for seven years teaching a variety of courses including 7th grade math, calculus and statistics, he currently teaches 8th grade math and co-advises the Academic All-Stars team at Hornell Junior High School. Mr. Titus incorporates hands-on experiences as a foundation for abstract algebraic ideas, and he motivates learning through interesting problems that require the application of new ideas. Mr. Titus is an active member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS, organizing regional conferences for the Southern Tier, and has served as a mentor for student teachers from SUNY Cortland.  Mr. Titus loves traveling and being outdoors.  He relishes the “simple life” of backpacking, and has especially enjoyed recent treks through Death Valley and the Adirondacks. As a NYS Master Teacher, he has participated in the math mini-course “2D and 3D Dissection,” is a member of the Technology Professional Learning Team, and attended the “Saturday Workshop for Teachers” at Cornell University. He looks forward to mini-courses, and learning new ways to incorporate technology into his teaching.

Richard TownsendRichard Townsend

Sidney School District

Richard Townsend earned his BS in Meteorology from SUNY Oswego, and MS in Atmospheric Science from SUNY Albany.  Mr. Townsend has been teaching for 26 years, and he teaches earth science, physics, meteorology, astronomy, Introduction to Research, and Digital Electronics, and is science department chairperson, at Sidney Central Schools in Sidney, New York.  Prior to teaching, he worked as a meteorologist for Fleetweather Inc. for six years before making the change to teaching.   In 2003, Mr. Townsend and other former Sidney teachers developed the Upper Susquehanna Watershed Project.  This is an on-going enrichment program that encompasses several schools districts during the school year, studying water quality along the upper Susquehanna River basin.   Student interns are also employed from those districts to do additional summer research.  They also developed the Sidney High School Flood Monitoring Program in response to the flood of June 2006.  Both of these programs continue to flourish with donations and grants from local businesses and organizations.  In 1996 he was named Sidney’s teacher of the year.  In 2001 he was honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science teaching, a national award given annually to the top math and science teachers in the country.

Teresa TruppTeresa Trupp

Union-Endicott School District

Teresa (Terre) Trupp earned her BS in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University, and MSEd from SUNY Cortland. Teaching for 19 years, Ms. Trupp guides students in Regents Living Environment, Chemistry, and the Global Environment, a course through the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Union-Endicott (UE) High School. Ms. Trupp is the advisor for the UE Biology Club, Envirothon, the Gamer's Club, and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). She received a Union-Endicott Education Foundation Collaboration Grant of $10,000 to implement a Biomechanics STEM project in the classroom using articulated limbs and Vernier probes to collect data. She has participated in the Research Experiences for Teachers through Cornell University, and is a member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS and the American Chemical Society. Ms. Trupp enjoys engaging students using inquiry-based labs and POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) activities. She encourages students to be Citizen Scientists by taking trips to a local stream to conduct water quality tests. Ms. Trupp loves to go hiking and camping with her family and study sustainable gardening techniques. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Trupp looks forward to participating in workshops and mini-courses to learn from others and be able to inspire more students to pursue STEM careers.

Robert TuoriRobert Tuori

Ithaca School District

Bob Tuori earned his BS in Biology from SUNY Albany where he was awarded Phi Beta Kappa, MS in Forest Biology from SUNY Environmental Sciences and Forestry, and PhD in Botany/Plant Pathology from Oregon State University. During his stint in academia, he periodically travelled, worked as a mover or a lab technician, and played in punk rock bands. After time as a post doctoral fellow at Oregon State University and at Cornell, he began to pursue his teaching degree at SUNY Cortland while working as a substitute teacher. An unseasoned first year teacher, he recalls learning a lot about what not to do as well as what to do as a teacher. For the past 13 years, he has taught Chemistry at Ithaca High School. This year he is starting a Sustainable Agriculture elective, and will be leading a vegetable/flower growing operation involving both the Agriculture class and Special Education students. Mr. Tuori especially enjoys getting to know the amazing teenagers in his daily interactions.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Tuori looks forward to many opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Kevin TyeKevin Tye

Maine-Endwell School District

Kevin Tye earned his BA in Physics from Potsdam College, and Master of Arts in Teaching from Colgate University.  Mr. Tye has been teaching for 27 years, and he teaches Regents and Advanced Placement (AP) Physics at Maine-Endwell High School. A strong advocate for science courses being readily available to all students, he enjoys helping students realize the value of enrolling in physics courses even if they struggled in previous science courses. Mr. Tye was the Lead Teacher for the Maine-Endwell Science Department for eight years.  He has many years of coaching experience with the school’s Science Olympiad team.  His favorite part about the teaching STEM is the creativity involved in developing lessons that help students to master difficult STEM concepts.  His favorite quote is, “Our nation’s continued success requires dramatic improvement when it comes to educating our youth in math and science.” – Frederick Hess

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Rosanne Van WieRosanne Van Wie

Vestal School District

Rosanne Van Wie earned her BS in Medical Laboratory Technology from St. Bonaventure University and MSEd from Elmira College. She worked in hospital laboratories doing clinical testing for several years and was a 1988 Recipient of a NYS Regents Empire State Challenger Fellowship for Teachers. This award was given to promote STEM education and encourage working scientists to enter the field of teaching. Ms. Van Wie has 11 years of teaching experience with the Vestal Central School district teaching Regents Chemistry and Forensic Science. She is a past participant in the Cornell Institute for Chemistry Teachers and the former advisor of the Chemistry Magic Show at Vestal High School. Ms. Van Wie has written several grants to purchase materials for use in the classroom and lab. She is interested in the history and use of pigments in artist's materials and enjoys painting as well as hiking with her dog. Within the NYS Master Teacher program, Ms. Van Wie is looking forward to joining the enthusiasm and creativity of teachers within her region and across the state, at Professional Learning Teams and the Annual Professional Development Conference, with the goal of bringing new ideas back to her classroom to enrich the education of her students.

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Bradley WalesBradley Wales

Elmira School District

Bradley Wales earned his BS in biology and MSEd at Mansfield University.  He is continuing his graduate studies at Elmira College, where he is focusing on literature courses.  Prior to teaching, Mr. Wales worked as a counselor for a youth services organization in Pennsylvania.  In the classroom for more than 12 years, Mr. Wales teaches General Science at Broadway Academy.  Mr. Wales is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and the Science Teachers Association of NYS.  He is actively involved in volunteering and participating in local events, and has learned about the surrounding communities’ needs and families.  When he is not teaching or attending workshops, Mr. Wales spends his time with family taking care of a small number of cattle and goats on his farm.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Wales is excited to start collaborating with other Master Teachers about teaching practices and current content discoveries.

Allison WeiselAllison Weisel

Vestal School District

Allison Weisel earned her BA in Mathematical Sciences, and her Master of Arts in Teaching in Adolescent Mathematics at Binghamton University. Prior to teaching, she worked at Broome Community College, where she was the Supplemental Instruction Training Coordinator Assistant and a Supplemental Instruction Leader. Ms. Weisel has been in the classroom for seven years, and currently teaches Geometry and Elements of Algebra at Vestal High School. Outside of class, she serves on the Mentor Steering Committee and as a Staff Advisor to student mentors. She also enjoys helping chaperone the annual King Bruin Dance as well as the Junior and Senior Prom. Within the Broome-Tioga BOCES consortium, Ms. Weisel represents Vestal High School on the Regional Math Leadership Team. Ms. Weisel enjoys exploring new approaches to conceptual understanding as an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS. Outside of school, Ms. Weisel enjoys baking and attending regional theater. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Weisel is excited for the opportunity to grow in her craft and share her learning with both her colleagues and pre-service teachers.

Steve WeissburgSteve Weissburg

Ithaca School District

Steve Weissburg earned his BS in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, and MSEd at SUNY Cortland.  Mr Weissburg has been teaching for 24 years, and he teaches mathematics at Ithaca High School.  In the past, he has served as Department Chair (2004-9) and District Math Curriculum Chair (2000-2013).  He is a strong advocate for global education.  He was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher (South Africa, 2003) and spent a year teaching in a township school near Pretoria.   In 2012, Mr. Weissburg became a Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow and visited schools in Morocco.  He is also a Fulbright Math Education Specialist and traveled to South Africa on a sabbatical grant in 2014 where he collaborated on Math Education at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.  Most recently he has focused on collaborative international projects in secondary mathematics.  This year, his students collaborated via Edmodo and Skype with students in India, Romania, South Africa and Serbia.  He is working to develop an online database of collaborative projects and classrooms across the world.  In 2009 Steve received the Raymond Van Houtte Teacher Award for Tompkins County.  In his spare time Steve is an avid gardener and raises chickens and goats.

Charlie WilsonCharlie Wilson

Elmira School District

Charlie Wilson earned his BS in General Science from Houghton College and MSEd from Elmira College.  Mr. Wilson has been teaching for 20 years, and he teaches ACE Physics as an adjunct professor through Corning Community College and Regents Physics at Elmira High School in Elmira, New York.  A strong advocate for hands-on, relevant learning, Mr. Wilson involves students in labs that relate to their everyday lives.  He has been involved in biomedical research in Cornell for the past two years, which has afforded him the opportunity to take students to see the research facility there, as well as bring graduate students into his classroom to share recent research to inspire and motivate students. He is a member of Science Teachers Association of New York State and New York State United Teachers.

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Leslie ZolnikLeslie Zolnik

Ithaca City School District

Leslie Zolnik earned a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Biology from the University of Vermont and an M.A.T. in Adolescence Education from Ithaca College. Prior to teaching, she worked for a number of youth development non-profits and led conservation crews of high school volunteers for the Student Conservation Association in New England, Alaska, and California during the summer months. After spending a few years in the mountains of Montana, Leslie returned to her home state of New York to pursue her Master's degree. Ms. Zolnik teaches both honors and regents-level Biology at Ithaca High School. She has advised a number of student clubs and organized a school field trip to Costa Rica. Ms. Zolnik enjoys designing thoughtful labs that engage students in learning about important biological concepts. She is an active member of the National Science Teacher Association, and frequently utilizes local community and higher education resources to provide her students with relevant and real world experiences. As a the Master Teacher, Ms. Zolnik looks forward to further strengthening her content knowledge and pedagogical methods, and collaborating with other talented professionals throughout the region.

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