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Milissa AlbanoMilissa Albano

Southwestern School District

Milissa Albano earned her BS in Biology from Ohio Northern University and MS in Special Studies from SUNY Fredonia. Ms. Albano's professional career includes 23 years of teaching Living Environment, Regents Chemistry and AP Chemistry. She currently teaches at Southwestern High School. She enjoys working with pre- service teachers and helping all students to develop a more meaningful understanding of science. Ms. Albano is proud to be an active member of Science Teachers Association of NYS, serving as the Southwestern sections Chair and Chemistry Section Area Representative. She is honored to be participating in the NYS Master Teacher Program and looks forward to the high-quality professional learning opportunities that the program supports.

Colleen AndresAcademy of Master Teachers logoColleen Andres

Master Teacher Emeritus

Tonawanda City School District

Colleen Andres earned her BS in mathematics from SUNY Geneseo and her M­­­­­­SEd in Mathematics Education from the University at Buffalo.  Mrs. Andres has been in the classroom for nine years, and she teaches high school mathematics at­­­ Tonawanda Middle/High School. She is currently involved in a virtual Advanced Placement (AP) grant through Erie 1 BOCES to create an online AP Statistics course. She loves to use technology effectively in her mathematics classroom.  Mrs. Andres has created videos to use in her blended classroom to differentiate her instruction. Mrs. Andres is also a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics member and the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS, and leader of the Flipped Classroom Professional Learning Team (PLT).  Also within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Andres has participated in the Vertical Math PLT and has been a member of the Western NY Master Teacher Steering Committee.

Robert AtkinsonRobert Atkinson

Yorkshire-Pioneer Central School District

Robert Atkinson earned his B.S. in Meteorology and M.S. in Education from SUNY Brockport. As a student at Brockport, Robert interned at 13WHAM News as a Meteorologist and broadcasted the weather via the SUNY Cable News television station. Prior to teaching, Robert volunteered at several schools and attended an NSTA conference which sparked his love for teaching. Mr. Atkinson teaches Earth Science for advanced students and Physical Science at Pioneer Middle School where he coaches the school’s Science Olympiad team. Mr. Atkinson coordinates an afterschool recreation program and a homework help program, chaperones school trips, and assists in many Positive Behavior and Intervention Support activities, including reward night, numeracy night, and family reading night. Mr. Atkinson was honored with a Citizen of the Month award in Evans, New York, for his outstanding courage in the community. In his spare time, Robert likes to travel, snowboard, and camp. He also likes to forecast the weather for his friends, especially during lake-effect season! As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Atkinson looks forward to learning new things, sharing best practices, and growing in the profession of teaching.

Jennifer AyersJennifer Ayers

Master Teacher Emeritus

Clarence Central Schools

Jennifer Ayers earned her BS in biology from SUNY Geneseo and her M­­­aster of Arts in Education from Canisius College.  Mrs. Ayers been teaching 16 years, and is currently teaching Earth Science at Clarence Middle School.  Mrs. Ayers’ focus in teaching Earth Science is to incorporate technology and authentic, interactive experiences in the Earth Science curriculum.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Ayers has participated in The Changing Ecology of the Great Lakes mini-course, various workshops such as Outdoor Science, Constructing White Boards, and she was a facilitator for the Literacy in Science Professional Learning Team.

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Jean BakerJean Baker

Master Teacher Emeritus

Frontier Central School District

Jean Baker earned her BS in Chemical Engineering at the University at Buffalo, and a Masters in Business Administration at Niagara University.  She began her career at DuPont in Niagara Falls as a Research & Development chemical engineer, quality engineer, chemical laboratory supervisor, and production supervisor.  Mrs. Baker taught chemistry and accounting at Erie Community College (ECC) and Villa Maria College, and marketing at Bryant & Stratton College, before earning her certification in Chemistry and Physics at the University at Buffalo. In the classroom for 19 years, she teaches Chemistry at Frontier Central School District, and serves as High School/Middle School Mentor Coordinator, Student Government Advisor, and summer school teacher.  She is a member of National Science Teachers Association and the Science Teachers Association of NYS.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Baker co-leads the Regents Chemistry Professional Learning Team, and participated in the Stem Cell, Subatomic Nuclear Physics, and Nanoscience mini -courses.  With the support of the NYSMTP, Mrs. Baker and her students conducted genomic research with the “Western New York Genetics in Research Partnership Project,” an ongoing partnership with disadvantaged schools across a 14-county region  that allows high school students to participate in scientific research with the goal of stimulating student interest in STEM careers.

Amy BallingAmy Balling

Lancaster Central School District

Amy Balling earned her BS in biology and MSEd from the SUNY College at Buffalo.  Mrs. Balling has been in the classroom for 16 years, and she currently teaches biology and Earth Science at Lancaster High School.  She enjoys finding innovative and creative ways to use resources to increase student motivation and achievement, and has designed and instituted a blended biology class, integrating traditional in-class laboratory investigations with online open-source learning platform for lessons and games.  Mrs. Balling creates her own short, engaging instructional videos which her students view as they interactively process the curriculum in the online classroom.  In the online environment, Mrs. Balling differentiates instruction for each student’s learning style by allowing her students to work at their own pace to master each topic.  Throughout her career she has conducted workshops in local, state, and national settings.  In addition to sharing her expertise with colleagues, she also works for the NYS Education Department developing the state Biology Regents exam.  During her spare time, together with her husband, she enjoys Caribbean vacations, backpacking, and canoeing with their two sons. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she has participated in the Safety of Genetically Engineered Food mini-course and the Gamefication and Flipped Classroom Professional Learning Teams.

Michael BellingMichael Belling

Master Teacher Emeritus

Williamsville Central School District

Michael Belling earned his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo.  Mr. Belling has been in the classroom for 9 years and he teaches honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Physics at Williamsville East High School in East Amherst. Mr. Belling previously worked in the aerospace, computer and film industries.  His current teaching interests include the use of video as a teaching tool in the classroom.  Mr. Belling is a member of the Western New York Physics Teachers Alliance, and the American Association of Physics Teachers.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Belling has participated in AP Physics workshop.  As a result of his participation in the NYS Master Teacher Program, he has produced video content that he currently uses in the classroom.

Omer BitarOmer Bitar

Lackawanna City School District

Omer Bitar earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from Canisius College and his M.S. in Adolescent Education from D'Youville College. He holds NYS Certifications in Chemistry, Biology, and Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL). Mr. Bitar previously taught at Oracle Charter High School and Henrietta G. Lewis Campus School and currently teaches at Lackawanna High School.  Mr. Bitar has taught Living Environment, Regents Chemistry, General Chemistry, Physical Science, Forensics, and Earth Science.  As an educator in a high-poverty district, Mr. Bitar is passionate about STEM education as a vehicle for advancing the lives of his students.  In addition to teaching, Mr. Bitar is the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Coach and advisor for the Bioinformatics Club, and is in the process of constructing a greenhouse in the school courtyard. With the support of his wife and two sons, Omer is excited about the opportunity to be involved in the Master Teacher Program and sharing ideas with his colleagues.

Shelley Marie BochicchioShelley Marie Bochicchio

Lockport City School District

Shelley Marie Bochicchio earned both her B.S. in Earth Science and her M.S. in Physics Secondary Education form SUNY Buffalo State. Mrs. Bochicchio has taught Regents Earth Science, Science in Action, Earth Systems, and Regents Physics and currently teaches SUNY Physics at Lockport High School. Shelley has also been an adjunct professor for Syracuse University and is currently adjunct for Niagara County Community College. Mrs. Bochicchio is co-advisor for the Science National Honor Society and a proud member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS. She has worked on a project to develop an online course for AP Physics for NYS with support from a Virtual AP Grant through the Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services. Mrs. Bochicchio enjoys using her strong relationship with her students to convey how math and science come together to explain everyday life. As a NYS Master Teacher, she hopes to share her enthusiasm for education and to grow as a STEM teacher.

Kelly BohlenKelly Bohlen

Buffalo City School District

Kelly Bohlen earned her B.S. in Earth Science Education and M.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies from SUNY Buffalo State. Mrs. Bohlen teaches Regents Earth Science and Environmental Science at Newcomer Academy in Buffalo and serves as the school's lead science teacher. She is active in Newcomer’s Student-Based Management Team, Building Committee, and senior advisory group. She is a member of the Science Teacher Association of NYS and received the Dr. I. Joyce Swartney Science Teacher Development Fund Award from the Buffalo State College Science Education Department in May 2013. In her free time, Kelly enjoys hiking, reading, and cooking. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Bohlen looks forward to being part of the Mentoring Professional Learning Team. Through that experience, she plans to implement new lessons and teaching strategies and to share them with her fellow science teachers at Newcomer Academy.

Christa J. BoivinChrista J. Boivin

Buffalo City School District

Christa J. Boivin earned her BS in Business Management with a minor in Accounting and MS in Secondary Education from D’Youville College. She enters her 16th year of teaching as both a General Education Mathematics teacher and a Special Education Mathematics teacher. Currently, she teaches Algebra, Survey of Geometry, Geometry, Living Environment, Environmental Science, and Earth Science at the Virtual Pathways Program at South Park High School. She has also taught high school Mathematics for the Alternate High School Program in West Seneca for nine years. Outside of school, Mrs. Boivin is the Team Manager for her son’s hockey team and is active in each of her children’s schools as a volunteer with the Parent Teacher Association. She serves as President of NY Chapter 4 of the Hogs and Heroes Foundation, Inc., a community of motorcycle riders that support Public Safety, the U.S. Military and Wounded Warriors through fun rides and fundraisers. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Boivin is looking forward to sharing her excitement in teaching math and for teaching students with special needs in STEM with her peers. She also looks forward to learning opportunities as an educator and the ability to show her students the joy of being a life-long learner.

MaryAnn BollesMaryAnn Bolles

Buffalo City School District

MaryAnn Bolles earned her BS in Biology with a minor in Mathematics and MS in Special and Secondary Education from D’Youville College. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Bolles worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse where she assisted in the management of a long-term care unit and cared for residents for over ten years. In the classroom for ten years, she teaches Living Environment to students with disabilities and students for whom English is a New Language and works as a consultant teacher at WNY Maritime Charter School. In addition to her teaching duties, she coaches track and cross country. In her personal life she enjoys going for runs with her husband and attending yoga classes. Mrs. Bolles currently serves as the Special Education Subject Area Representative for the Western Section of Science Teachers Association of NYS. She looks forward to growing as a professional and continuing her love for learning through participation in the Master Teacher Program

Charles BondaCharles Bonda

Master Teacher Emeritus

Depew Union Free School District

Charles Bonda earned both his BS in Education and his MS in Technology Education from SUNY Buffalo State.  While pursuing his degree at SUNY Buffalo State, Mr. Bonda, was an electrician for his family’s electrical contracting company.  He began teaching in Depew School District in 2003.  As a certified Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering instructor, Mr. Bonda teaches an Introduction to Engineering and Design course for the Technology Education Program at Depew High School.  Throughout his teaching career, he has also taught Production Systems in woodworking, Architectural Drafting, and Computer Aided Design courses.  Passionate about hands-on problem-based learning, Mr. Bonda challenges his students regularly with real life problems of math and science applications. He often states that through implementation, testing, and analysis, Technology Education is the melting pot of science and math education. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Bonda has been a facilitator for the MAKE Professional Learning Team and a member of the Western NY Region’s Steering Committee.

Laura BrigantiLaura Briganti

Grand Island Central School District

Laura Briganti earned an A.A.S. in Individual Studies from Alfred State College and both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology Education from SUNY Buffalo State. Ms. Briganti is certified in Biology, Chemistry, and Earth Science and has taught a variety of courses including Honors Biology which she currently teaches at Grand Island High School. She serves as the Interact Club advisor, encouraging students to organize and participate in community service activities. Ms. Briganti is a member of both the Science Teachers Association of New York State and the National Science Teachers Association. Laura is also passionate about healthy eating and the many benefits of a vegan diet. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Briganti most looks forward to making new connections with master teachers and other members of the science community.

Lisa BrosnickLisa Brosnick

Master Teacher Emeritus

North Collins Central School District

Lisa Brosnick earned her B­­­A in Biology from the University at Buffalo and her M­­­aster of Arts in Education from SUNY Buffalo.  Mrs. Brosnick has been in the classroom for over 20 years and she currently teaches high school Biology and Advanced Placement Biology.  Past accolades include the Western New York Science Teacher of the Year from the American Chemical Society in 2007, the National Association of Biology Teachers’ Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year in 2008.   She is a very active member of Science Teachers Association of NYS; beginning summer 2016, she will assume the role of Vice President, starting her path to President in 2018.  Recent projects include teaching a Special Education Science class designed to give students the skills they need for a Regents-level course; this classroom design has made such progress by the engagement and investment of the students.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Brosnick has participated in the Unpacking the Coaching Model workshop, the Measuring Global Climate Change and the Safety of Genetically Engineered Foods mini-courses, and has co-facilitated a Flipped Classroom workshop. She currently teaches two PD courses for elementary and middle school teachers at Buffalo State College: Energy, Matter and Ecosystems and starting soon, Evolution and Heredity. 

Kristen BudneyKristen Budney

Yorkshire-Pioneer School District

Kristen Budney earned her Associate Degree from Niagara County Community College, BS in Secondary Mathematics Education and Master of Science in Adolescent Special Education from SUNY at Buffalo State College.  Mrs. Budney is certified in both mathematics and Special Education.  She is in her sixth year of teaching at Pioneer High School, teaching mathematics to students with disabilities, and also works as a consultant teacher.  Mrs. Budney enjoys building relationships with students, and using that connection to help students learn mathematics.   Mrs. Budney advised a student-run coffee shop for three years, and incorporated “Cool Beans” into her curriculum.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Budney looks forward to working with other math teachers in the Western New York region to continue to grow and learn as a math and special educator.

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Paul CabanPaul Caban

Depew School District

Paul Caban has taught in the Depew School District for 14 years. In that time he has instructed middle school physical science, Regents Physics, Forensics, and currently teaches Regents Earth Science and Astronomy. Mr. Caban developed the elective Astronomy course curriculum at Depew High School and enjoys sharing his love of observational astronomy with his students. He was the Boys Varsity Soccer Coach at Depew for the last seven years and recently accepted the Men's Assistant Soccer Coach position at Niagara County Community College. Mr. Caban earned his BS in Earth Science Secondary Education and his Masters in Educational Computing from Buffalo State College. Mr. Caban is passionate about student driven instruction and plans to apply more pedagogical techniques from the NYS Master Teacher Program such as the flipped classroom and Kagan’s cooperative learning.

Katherine Carretto

Alfred-Almond Central School District

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Sami CirpilliSami Cirpilli

Buffalo City School District

Sami Cirpili earned his BS in biochemistry from the University at Buffalo. Mr. Cirpili later returned for his BS in Mechanical Engineering and went on to work as an engineer in the energy field. He later earned his MSEd from D'Youville College and has worked in the Buffalo Public Schools District for 11 years where he teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Physics and Regents Physics. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Cirpili has participated in the AP Physics Professional Learning Team (PLT) and facilitated the Physics Olympics PLT. In his spare time, Mr. Cirpili plays music with a couple of local bands in Buffalo and sometimes his wife and three kids come to watch.

Nancy Claxton

Amherst Central School District

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Maria CoatsMaria Coats

Buffalo City School District

Maria Coats earned a BS in Adolescence Education and Special Education with a concentration in Chemistry at Niagara University, and a Master of Science in Differentiated Instruction from Canisius College. Mrs. Coat has been teaching for five years at City Honors School in the S.T.A.R.S Program (STudents with Autism Rising to Success). She teaches Biology, Earth Science, and Environmental Science to students who possess diverse learning abilities and challenge her to think creatively to meet the needs of all students. Mrs. Coats is an Advisor for her school's Prom Committee. In her spare time, she fosters dogs and is presently a foster parent for at risk youth. As a NYS Master Teacher, she looks forward to working collaboratively with passionate teachers to help better her career and her students. She looks forward to participating in the Literacy PLT.

Robert CollardAcademy of Master Teachers logoRobert Collard

Master Teacher Emeritus

Grand Island Central School District

Rob Collard earned his BA in Biology cum laude from the University of Rochester, and MSEd from Niagara University.  Mr. Collard has been a science educator for the past 16 years teaching Honors, Regents and General Chemistry courses.  He is currently a member of the Grand Island High School science faculty.  In the fall of 2011, Mr. Collard began teaching Grand Island's first Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry course. In May 2014, he was awarded the Singer Family Prize for Excellence in Secondary Teaching from the University of Rochester.  Mr. Collard is a member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS and the American Association of Chemistry Teachers.  He began as a NYS Master Teacher in the fall of 2013, and has participated in the Nanotechnology mini-course as well as the Flipped Classroom Design, and Math/Science: Speaking a Common Language Professional Learning Teams (PLT).  Mr. Collard is currently a member of the AP Chemistry, and Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL©) PLTs. 

‌Tim Cook

Master Teacher Emeritus

Sherman Central School District

Tim Cook earned his B­­­A in Chemistry from Houghton College, and his M­­­aster of Science in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam.  Mr. Cook has been in the classroom for eleven years, and currently teaches Chemistry, Physics, and Advanced Placement Chemistry at Sherman Central School.  A strong advocate of teaching relevant science principles, he relates his teaching to real life using project-based learning techniques.  Mr. Cook’s professional interests involve commercial piloting which he uses in his classroom to show his students how physics and flight are interconnected. Outside of school, Mr. Cook enjoys the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Cook facilitated a workshop called Physics and Flight, and he participated in the Measuring Global Climate Change, Discovering the Subatomic World of Nuclear Physics, and the Safety of Genetically Engineered Food mini-courses, the MAKE Professional Learning Team, and the workshop Engaging Students Through Flight. 

Raymond CooperRaymond Cooper

Depew School District

Raymond Cooper earned his BS in Education, and MS in Technology Education from SUNY Buffalo State. As a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) graduate from high school, Mr. Cooper recognized the importance of preparing students for the complex future they would endure. He is certified through Rochester Institute of Technology as a PLTW teacher and has been “Living his dream” teaching Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Principles of Engineering for six years at Depew High School.  Mr. Cooper also experiences the best of both worlds when he teaches his 7th Graders in the Middle School. The current school year will be the first year implementing the PLTW Gateway program for Middle School students with Automation and Robotics along with Design and Modeling. In addition to teaching, Mr. Cooper is the Head Coach for the Modified Football Team.  As a NYS Master Teacher Mr. Cooper looks forward to joining the MAKE Professional Learning Team along with exploring the new Coding PLT.

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Mary Dileas

Buffalo City School District

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David DotyDavid Doty

Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School District

Dave Doty earned his BA in mathematics at SUNY Buffalo and his Masters in Physics Education at Buffalo State College.  Mr. Doty has been in the classroom for 13years and teaches Physics at Cattaraugus-Little Valley High School, and is co-instructor of Physics 620/622 at Buffalo State College during the summer.  Previously, he taught at Salamanca High School.  Mr. Doty is active in professional organizations and is a member of the Western New York Physics Teachers Alliance and the American Modeling Teachers Association.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Doty has participated in the Science of Flying and Measuring Global Climate Change mini-courses, and the MAKE and Gamefication Professional Learning Teams (PLTs). Following his work these two PLTs this year, Mr. Doty introduced a gamefication points system into his conceptual physics classroom, and used the trebuchet that he built with his peer Master Teachers for studying parabolic motion.

Mark DubelMark Dubel

Iroquois Central School District

Mark Dubel earned his B.S. in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and M.S. in Secondary Education from D’Youville College. Prior to teaching, Mr. Dubel spent ten years working as an analytical chemist in the agricultural and environmental chemistry fields. While he is certified in Chemistry and Biology, his teaching career has focused primarily on chemistry and the physical sciences. He currently teaches Regents Chemistry, Advanced Placement Chemistry, Perspectives in Science and Engineering, and the Niagara University Senior Term Enrichment Program (NUSTEP) Forensics course at Iroquois High School. Mr. Dubel is a member of the Building Leadership Team and is also the advisor for the Team America Rocketry Challenge Club where students work with local aerospace engineers to design, build, and fly model rockets based on annual contest criteria. He is a member of the Science Teachers Association of New York State, the American Association of Chemistry Teachers and the National Association of Rocketry. Outside the classroom, Mark enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, kayaking, skiing and running. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Dubel looks forward to making connections with other teachers throughout the area and across the state so that he can elevate the experience of the students in his classes.

Michael DuszkiewiczMichael Duszkiewicz

Master Teacher Emeritus

Pioneer Central School District

Mike Duszkiewicz earned his B­­A in geology and MSEd from the University at Buffalo.   Mr. Duszkiewicz is certified in Earth Science, General Science and Special Education.  In the classroom for ten years, he teaches Earth Science, Living Environment, Environmental Science, Special Education, and is a Consultant Teacher for Earth Science, Technical Physics, and General Earth Science at Pioneer High School in Yorkshire. His professional interests include using the outdoors to teach his students about science.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Duszkiewicz has facilitated the Outdoor Science mini-course. He also has participated in Nanotechnology mini-course, and the MAKE Professional Learning Team.  As a result of the NYS Master Teacher Program he has developed a stratigraphy lab of the Niagara Gorge, and has implemented a new lab activity on cells for his regents Living Environment course.

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John ElliottJohn Elliott

Sweet Home Central School District

John Elliott earned his BA in English at Colgate University, BS in biology and MS in Earth Science from SUNY College at Buffalo. A veteran teacher with seven years experience, Mr. Elliott began his career at Oracle Charter School, teaching Earth Science and Advanced Placement Environmental Science.  Today, he teaches Regents Chemistry and Living Environment at Sweet Home High School.  A strong advocate of multi-disciplinary problems, such as ocean acidification and paleoclimatology, he seeks to engage his students in problem-based learning opportunities.  His professional interests include using technical science literature to help educators develop labs on computer tablets using geographic information system software.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Elliott coaches the chess club and represents the science department on a building level team. He is a member of Science Teachers Association of NYS and National Council of Teachers Mathematics. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program he has participated in the Changing Ecology of the Great Lakes and Nanotechnology mini-courses, and the Gamefication, and Mentoring Professional Learning Teams.

Kathy Ellis

Buffalo City School District

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Sarah EnglishAcademy of Master Teachers logoSarah English

Master Teacher Emeritus

Sweet Home Central School District

Sarah English earned her BA in Biology from the University of Rochester.  She started her career in education as a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa as a math teacher.   Upon returning to the United States, she continued her education at Niagara University earning her MSEd, and then at the University at Buffalo earning her PhD in Science Education.  Dr. English teaches Regents Chemistry and Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry at Sweet Home High School, and is also a Technology Coach.  Dr. English is blessed to have the support of her husband and her three children.  A strong advocate for the flipped classroom design and inquiry-based learning, her classroom is student-centered, rather than teacher-centered.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she is a member of the Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL©) Professional Learning Team (PLT), Regents Chemistry PLT and facilitator of the AP Chemistry PLT.

Jason ErsingJason Ersing

Master Teacher Emeritus

Frontier Central School District

Jason Ersing earned his BS in Education from Medaille College and his MSEd from Canisius College.  Mr. Ersing has been teaching in the classroom for 14 years and he teaches Life Science and Living Environment at Frontier Middle School.  Past accolades include the 2007 Lions Club Educator of the Year award, the 2013 Town of Hamburg Youth Bureau Michael J. Dudan Award for Community Service, and the 2013 Paul MacLennan Environmental Citizen of the Year award presented by the Erie County Environmental Education Institute. Mr. Ersing has also earned several grants during his time at Frontier Middle School, including a 2010 Toyota Tapestry Grant presented by the National Science Teachers Association. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Ersing has participated in the Flipped Classroom Professional Learning Team and the Changing Ecology of the Great Lakes mini-course.

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Jason FarrellJason Farrell

Williamsville Central School District

Jason Farrell earned his BS in Technology Education from Oswego, and Masters in Technology Education from Buffalo State College. Mr. Farrell has taught Engineering and Technology Education at Williamsville South High School for 15 years, and is an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College in the Engineering and Technology Department where he instructs Technology Education majors in Communication Systems. Mr. Farrell is a certified instructor in the “Project Lead the Way” courses including Design and Drawing for Production, Digital Electronics, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems. Additionally, his instructional responsibilities include Manufacturing and Materials Processing, Construction Systems, and Automotive Systems. He has co-advised the Stage Crew, Yearbook and Technology Education clubs and worked closely with the Science and Science Olympiad groups. Mr. Farrell is an active member in the Akron Lions Club, a community service organization committed to meeting the needs of their community and promoting peace and humanitarian needs. He is also a member of the Western New York Technology Education Association. Mr. Farrell enjoys teaching STEM courses because of the empowerment they give students to generate creative solutions to complex technological problems. As a NYS Master Teacher, he is looking forward to working with other Master Teachers and participating in the Make, and Big Science Uploads Professional Learning Teams.

Kimberly FergusonKimberly Ferguson

Iroquois Central School District

Kimberly Ferguson earned her B.S. in Biology and Adolescent Education from Canisius College and M.S.Ed. in Secondary Science Education from the University at Buffalo. Miss Ferguson teaches Living Environment and Introduction to Biomedical Sciences at Iroquois High School. Throughout her teaching career, she has also taught Environmental Science, Forensics for the Niagara University Senior Term Enrichment Program, and Human Nutrition. Her professional interests include integration of technology and problem-based learning into the science classroom. In pursuing this endeavor, Miss Ferguson was selected as one of five state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Education Contest. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is the Science Department Chairperson and the district's Teacher Mentor Coordinator. She has been a Class Advisor, founded the Science Career Club, and has had the wonderful experience of leading student trips to Europe, Quebec, and Florida. Outside of school, Miss Ferguson is an adjunct professor at Medaille College and is a member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS. As a NYS Master Teacher, Miss Ferguson is looking forward to expanding her pedagogical knowledge of personalizing instruction through blended learning and participating in the MAKE and Coding Professional Learning Team.

Paula FernezaPaula Ferneza

Frewsburg School District

Paula Ferneza earned her BS in biology and her MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Fredonia.  In the classroom for ten years, Mrs. Ferneza teaches General Science and Living Environment at Frewsburg Jr./Sr. High School.  Mrs. Ferneza is passionate about her field and enjoys demonstrating connections between science content and the life experiences of her students.  She is interested in incorporating meaningful research and student centered learning strategies in her classroom in order to build the students’ critical thinking skills.  Mrs. Ferneza is a Biology Subject Area Representative for the Science Teachers Association of NYS Southwestern Section, and a member of National Science Teachers Association. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Ferneza has participated in the Nanotechnology mini-course and Literacy workshop.

Jamie FletcherJamie Fletcher

Frontier School District

Jamie Fletcher earned her BS in Mathematics Education and Masters Degree in Educational Computing from Buffalo State College.  In 2006, she went on to earn a second Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University at Buffalo.  Mrs. Fletcher’s background includes 14 years of teaching at Frontier High School, where she has spent her entire teaching career.  In 2013-2014, Mrs. Fletcher was selected to be a NYS Education Department “Network Team Institute Representative” for EngageNY’s “Teaching is the Core” Program.  This allowed her to attend several training sessions in Albany where she was able to gain first-hand knowledge of the Common Core Curriculum from both the module writers as well as leaders from the State Education Department.  She is looking forward to learning from, and with, the other NYS Master Teachers across NYS.

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Joseph GallagherJoseph Gallagher

Lewiston-Porter School District

Joseph Gallagher earned his BS in mathematics from SUNY Fredonia State and MSEd in mathematics from Buffalo State College.  In the classroom for 14 years, Mr. Gallagher teaches Regents Common Core Algebra, Regents Common Core Geometry, and Introduction to Algebraic Concepts at Lewiston-Porter High School.  Mr. Gallagher enjoys teaching Geometry and the problem solving strategies that derive from the course, and his research interests include using technology in the classroom to enhance student learning and teaching strategies of the Common Core Curriculum. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS, and served as football coach for several years. He is excited to be a part of the NYS Master Teacher Program and looks forward to bringing new teaching and learning practices back to his classroom and to his colleagues.  Within the Master Teacher he has participated in both the Vertical Math and Coaching Professional Learning Teams.

Natalie GallagherNatalie Gallagher

Depew School District

Natalie Gallagher earned her BS in Mathematics from SUNY Geneseo and MSEd in mathematics from Buffalo State College.  Mrs. Gallagher has been in the classroom for 12 years and she teaches Regents Algebra, Regents Geometry in the Grand Island School District.  Her research interests focus on statistics and developing teaching strategies of the Common Core Curriculum. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Gallagher participates in the High School Data Team at her school and is a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Gallagher has participated in the Vertical Math and Common Language Professional Learning Teams.  She looks forward to sharing and learning with her colleague Master Teachers as well as with other teachers in the area.

Jaime GarverJaime Garver

Depew School District

Jaime Garver earned her BA in Mathematics from the University of Buffalo and MA in Mathematics Education from Canisius College. Mrs. Garver has been teaching at Depew Middle School for ten years. Currently, she teaches Algebra and Mathematics 8. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Garver is the Math Department Chair for Grades 6 – 12, National Junior Honor Society Co-Advisor, and member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS and of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Her professional interests include mentoring new and pre-service teachers, integrating technology into her lessons to enhance student engagement, and learning additional teaching strategies to support the Common Core Learning Standards.

Bradley GearhartBradley Gearhart

Buffalo City School District

Bradley Gearhart earned his B.S. in Physics from Rochester Institute of Technology and M.S.Ed. in Physics Education from Buffalo State College. Mr. Gearhart teaches Physics at Hutchinson Central Technical High School. Bradley has served as an Adjunct Professor at Buffalo State College, teaching Modeling Physics since 2009, and has been an active member of WNYPTA, the Western New York Physics Teacher Alliance, since 2005. Over the last five years, Mr. Gearhart has participated in the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP), working as a Coordinating Teacher and holding a summer research position at Praxair in Tonawanda, NY. On the national level, Mr. Gearhart has been a contributing member of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), presenting at several national conferences, and currently serving as the Vice Chair on the Committee of Professional Concerns. Recently, Mr. Gearhart has swapped his car for a fixed gear bicycle during his commutes to and from work. As an incoming NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Gearhart is excited to collaborate with his peers at the annual Accelerating Physics Workshop and looks forward to joining the Coding Professional Learning Team.

Sandra GeorgeSandra George

Frontier Central School District

Sandra George earned her BS in Physics at Buffalo State College in 1998, and her MS in Earth Science Education from Buffalo State College. Mrs. George’s professional career includes 17 years of teaching physics, Earth Science, Natural Disasters, Paleontology and Advanced Placement (AP) B & AP C Physics and College Physics at Frontier High School. She enjoys working with pre-service teachers and helping all students develop a more meaningful understanding and love of science. Mrs. George is proud to be an active member of Science Teachers Association of NYS, serving as the Western Section Chair for the past five years and now, the Association Treasurer of the Executive Board. She is also a member of National Science Teachers Association and has been attending the NSTA conference for the past three years. She is honored to be participating in the NYS Master Teacher Program and enjoys the many learning opportunities.

David Gerspach

Sweet Home Central School District

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Kathleen GibbsKathleen Gibbs

Lancaster School District

Kathleen Gibbs earned her BS in Biology from Canisius College and Masters in Adolescent Education from D’Youville College.  Mrs. Gibbs was a research assistant at the University at Buffalo for three years while completing her Master’s program.   Mrs. Gibbs was a teacher at the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School and PS 192 Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.  She currently teaches Honors Chemistry at Lancaster Central High School. Mrs. Gibbs is an active member of the Western NY CHEMShare Teacher Group, the Science Teachers Association of NYS and is currently studying Kagan’s cooperative learning, a problem-solving based learning initiative.  For her exemplary service to education, Mrs. Gibbs was awarded the Certification of Excellence by the Lancaster County School District.  Mrs. Gibbs is an avid proponent of implementing technology into the classroom, incorporating demonstrative videos as visual aids and utilizing web-based platforms to facilitate classroom interaction.  Mrs. Gibbs also works with NYS Education Department to develop the State Regents exams.

Cassandra GoldmanCassandra Goldman

Master Teacher Emeritus

Orleans Niagra BOCES

Cassandra Goldman earned her BS in Education from SUNY Geneseo and her MA in General Education from University of Buffalo.  In the classroom for 13 years, Mrs. Goldman teaches Common Core Algebra and Geometry at Niagara Academy, a high school that serves students with severe emotional and behavioral disabilities.  Her professional interest in technology led her to become a certified trainer in Promethean software, allowing her to share her love of technology by teaching her colleagues at Orleans Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).  Mrs. Goldman’s classes connect with the local community and her students learn about STEM outside the classroom by visits from local business leaders to the classroom, during which time they share how they use math in their careers. Mrs. Goldman is a member of the Secondary Math Council in Orleans/Niagara counties, the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS and is a mentor teacher hosting pre-service teachers for their field experience. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Goldman has participated in the Vertical Math and Mentoring Professional Learning Teams (PLT), and facilitated the Coaching PLT. As a result of the NYS Master Teacher Program, she has had more opportunities for professional development and more enthusiasm for teaching.

Kelly GoliszekKelly Goliszek

Clarence Central Schools

Kelly Goliszek earned her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University at Buffalo.  While working as a teaching assistant at the University of South Carolina, Ms. Goliszek realized her passion for education and mathematics instruction.  While earning her MSEd in Secondary Mathematics Education at Roberts Wesleyan University, she began her teaching career at John Marshall High School in the Rochester City School District, where she taught for four years before returning to the Buffalo area.  A teacher with 13 years experience, Ms. Goliszek now teaches algebra at Clarence High School.  Ms. Goliszek continues to draw upon her background in the sciences and engineering. She is passionate about infusing real-world scenarios into her classroom instruction and thus, creates a learning environment that requires the application of algebra concepts as opposed to procedures.  She is an active member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Goliszek has participated in the Vertical Math, Coaching, and Mentoring Professional Learning Teams.

Adam GollwitzerAdam Gollwitzer

Chautauqua Lake Central School District

Adam Gollwitzer earned his B.A. in Geological Sciences and his M.S.Ed. in Science Education from SUNY Buffalo. He has taught science in urban and rural settings to students with a variety of learning strengths and needs. Mr. Gollwitzer currently teaches Outdoor Field Science, Regents Earth Science, and Metamorphosis which investigates change in climate, populations, agricultural practices, and policies, at Chautauqua Lake Central School District. He also serves in his district as Science Olympiad Coach, Instructional Support Team Coordinator, and Professional Development Advisor. Mr. Gollwitzer engages people at many levels to promote well-designed learning environments that allow students to become proficient in both cognitive and non-cognitive skills. Mr. Gollwitzer is an active member of the National Science Teachers Association, New York State Outdoor Science Education Association, and the Council for Exceptional Children. His personal interests include backpacking, camping, and urban and rural agriculture. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Gollwitzer is excited to learn from the accomplished professionals that he has the privilege of interacting with and to contribute knowledge from his own experiences.

Kelli GrabowskiKelli Grabowski

Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School District

Kelli Grabowski earned her BA in Geology from SUNY Geneseo and MSEd from SUNY Brockport.  In the classroom for ten years, Ms. Grabowski has been teaching Earth Science and SUNY Oneonta-accredited Geology to advanced high school students at Cattaraugus-Little Valley High School. She previously taught Earth Science at Spencerport High School. Ms. Grabowski is currently the Executive Vice President of the Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists, and is dedicated to fostering a love for Earth and an understanding that all of Earth's systems are connected. She does so by creating relevant and cooperative learning experiences for her students.

Amy Graves-DeMarioAmy Graves-DeMario

Holland School District

Amy Graves-DeMario earned her AAS from Alfred State College in Chemical Technology, her BS in Chemistry Secondary Education with a minor in Biology from SUNY Geneseo, and her MSEd in Science Education from the University at Buffalo.  She began her career as a chemical technician for WR Grace in Columbia, Maryland.  After completing her BS, she chose to stay home during the early years of her two children's lives and started her career in education in 1998. Mrs. Graves-DeMario teaches Regents Chemistry and Physics and Advanced Placement Chemistry at Holland Central School.  Her goal when teaching is to help students develop a strong science foundation upon which they can grow. Mrs. Graves-DeMario keeps her passion for science alive through the crops that her family produces on their farm.  She is a member of the American Chemical Society, Science Teachers Association of NYS, and she serves as a Holland Teachers Association Executive Committee Building Representative.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Graves-DeMario has participated in the Literacy, Common Language, and Mentoring Professional Learning Teams (PLT).  She has also been a leader for the Problem Solving PLT.

Lawrence GrisantiLawrence Grisanti

East Aurora Union Free School District

Lawrence Grisanti earned his B.A. in Biology and M.S.Ed. in Biology Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an A.S. degree in Liberal Arts Science from Erie Community College, and his education certification in Earth Science, Chemistry, and Biology from Buffalo State College. Prior to teaching, Mr. Grisanti was a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture where he worked in the green industry assessing tree health. Mr. Grisanti currently teaches Living Environment and Advanced Placement Biology at East Aurora High School. Mr. Grisanti also advises the Science Club, and he and club members have explored the Galapagos Islands. Lawrence is a member of the Science Teachers Association of New York State, National Science Teachers Association, and The Union of Concerned Scientists, and is the East Aurora Faculty Association President. His professional development experiences include studying coral bleaching on San Salvador, Bahamas, and invasive species of Lake Ontario on the research vessel Lake Guardian. He is inspired by a notation Charles Darwin added to his first sketch of the tree of life: “I think”. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Grisanti looks forward to taking advantage of all the opportunities to learn science and to improve pedagogy.

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Andrew HarrisonAndrew Harrison

Williamsville Central School District

Andrew Harrison earned his BS in Biology from SUNY Fredonia, and MA in Biology from Buffalo State while researching the behavioral responses of diamondback terrapins to boat traffic.  His professional career includes working at a veterinary hospital, and as an assistant keeper at the Buffalo Zoo.  In the classroom for six years, and Mr. Harrison teaches biology at Williamsville East.  He is interested in ethology, coevolution, ecology, phenotypic plasticity, and carbon sequestration among other scientific pursuits.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Harrison has participated in the Literacy and Mentoring Professional Learning Teams.  He has also participated in the Safety of Genetically Engineered Food and Measuring Global Change mini-courses and the Green Chemistry workshop.

Margaret HelmesMargaret Helmes

Master Teacher Emeritus

Western New York Maritime Charter School

Meg Helmes received her BA in psychology with a minor in biology from Hiram College, and pursued her MS in Animal Learning & Behavior at Kansas State University. She taught several undergraduate courses while at Kansas State, and became hooked on helping others learn.  After returning to Western NY, she taught Zoo Science classes at Buffalo Public #59. She then pursued her teaching certification in biology and Earth Science, and later completed her MS in Physics Education at SUNY Buffalo State.  Ms. Helmes has been in the classroom for nine years, and she currently teaches earth science at Lancaster High School, and is a co-instructor of summer physics courses for teachers at SUNY Buffalo State.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Helmes participated in the MAKE and the Flipped Classroom Professional Learning Teams.  Ms. Helmes currently serves as the Earth Science Subject Area Representative (SAR) for the Western Section of Science Teachers Association of NYS, and is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, the National Earth Science Teachers Association, and the American Association of Physics Teachers

Michelle HillMichelle Hill

Hamburg Central School District

Michelle Hill earned her BS in Secondary Mathematics Education and her M­­­SEd at Buffalo State College.  Mrs. Hill’s career began in 2003 at Kenmore West Senior High School teaching Math A and Math B.  She currently teaches Algebra II Trigonometry and Advanced Placement Calculus AB at Hamburg High School, and is a veteran teacher with over 11 years experience.  Mrs. Hill’s research interest has focused on online learning, and she has transformed her pedagogy incorporating a Flipped Classroom model. She is a member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Hill participated in the Calculus and the MAKE Professional Learning Teams (PLT). She also was the Co- Leader of the Vertical Math PLT.

Michelle HinchliffeMichelle Hinchliffe

Lewiston-Porter School District

Michelle Hinchliffe earned her Bachelor’s degree in General Studies and teaching certificate from the University of Michigan, and MSEd from Niagara University. She has spent more than 20 years at Lewiston-Porter High School teaching Regents and Advanced Placement Chemistry. Mrs. Hinchliffe was awarded the Menzie Environmental Education Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in 2012. She was named the Western New York American Chemical Society Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2012, and was presented with an Award of Appreciation for Service as chemistry Director at Large for Science Teachers Association of NYS (STANYS) in 2013. She currently serves as Chemistry Subject Area Representative for Northwestern Section of the Science Teachers Association of NYS. Mrs. Hinchliffe’s passion revolves around creating authentic learning and research experiences for her students. As Science National Honor Society Co-Advisor and International Student Science Fair Co-Advisor, she has created opportunities for her students to participate in scientific competitions at the local, national and international levels. As a NYS Master Teacher, she looks forward to professional collaboration with her colleagues.

Melissa HugarMelissa Hugar

Starpoint School District

Melissa Hugar earned her BS in Secondary Mathematics Education from the Honors Program and her MSEd in Educational Computing from Buffalo State College. Mrs. Hugar’s professional career began at Kenmore East High School where she taught Math Academic Intervention Services. Since 2004, she has been teaching at Starpoint High School where her current courses include Geometry and Algebra II/Trigonometry. Mrs. Hugar is co-advisor to the Mathematics Honor Society, serves on the Student of the Month Committee, and is a member of the Secondary Math Council in Niagara County. Mrs. Hugar has been asked to join Starpoint High School’s Comprehensive District Educational Plan (CDEP) Committee. As a New York State Master Teacher, Mrs. Hugar is looking forward to joining the Vertical Math Professional Learning Team. She is excited to be a part of the NYS Master Teacher Program and eager to learn new teaching strategies from a dynamic group of professionals. She appreciates the support and encouragement she has received from her husband, two children, family, and friends.

Melanie HultonMelanie Hulton

Holland School District

Melanie Hulton earned her BS in Mathematics from SUNY Fredonia, and her MSEd from SUNY Buffalo. In the classroom for 20 years, Mr. Hulton teaches Regents Algebra 2 & Trigonometry, Regents Algebra 1, and Computer Programming at Holland Central Schools.  Her recent professional interest has been to transform her classroom practices and curriculum to reflect the Common Core, specifically Algebra I and II.  She is a member of Association of Mathematics Teachers NYS (AMTNYS), and participated in the 2013 AMTNYS Summer Workshop, and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Math Forum.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Hulton has facilitated the Vertical Math and participated in the Common Language Professional Learning Teams. 

Kelly Hyla

Buffalo City School District

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Alan IngrahamAlan Ingraham

Lewiston-Porter School District

Alan Ingraham earned his BS in Mathematics, and MS in Mathematics Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Ingraham started his career teaching in the city of Buffalo, and has been teaching at Lewiston-Porter High School for the last nine years. He currently teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics, AP Computer Science Principles, and Common Core Algebra 2, and in an instructor for the University at Buffalo Gifted Math Program. Mr. Ingraham also taught at the Buffalo Prep program which serves economically disadvantaged minorities. He spent several seasons coaching basketball and volleyball at Lewiston-Porter and enjoys being involved in the community outside of the classroom. His research interests include using data and statistics to enhance student learning, and he believes that students learn best when they are constructing knowledge for themselves. He is thrilled to be a part of the NYS Master Teacher Program which he believes is truly a professional learning community.

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Stephen Joseph

Buffalo City School District

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Corinne KeitzCorinne Keitz

Buffalo City School District

Corinne Keitz earned both her B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics Education from Buffalo State College. Ms. Keitz currently teaches Common Core Algebra and Geometry at the Math Science Technology Preparatory School and previously taught at East High School, both of which are part of the Buffalo City School District. She is part of the Mentor Teacher Program and Scheduling Committee for her school and is a member of The Association of Mathematic Teachers of New York State. After school, she volunteers her time keeping score for the volleyball, basketball, and baseball teams. She enjoys building relationships with her students, incorporating technology in her classroom, and using hands-on learning techniques to engage and help her students learn math. Outside of teaching, Corinne enjoys traveling, shopping, walking her dog, and spending time with her friends and family. Ms. Keitz is excited to learn new things and meet new people in the Master Teacher Program.

Elizabeth KentElizabeth Kent

Buffalo City School District

Elizabeth Kent earned her BA from the University at Buffalo (UB), JD certificate in State Local Government Law from the UB Law School, and is currently working toward English as a Second Language certification through Niagara University. In the Buffalo Public School system for 13 years, Ms. Kent has taught 7th grade math through Precalculus.  Currently she teaches Algebra 2 at Lafayette High, and is an adjunct faculty member in the Business Department at Buffalo State College. Ms. Kent is an avid gardener and brings her love of gardening into the classroom.  She created lessons that teach algebraic and geometric concepts through the planning and building of garden plots.  Recently, her classes planted and harvested 18 beds of herbs and vegetables.  At harvest time, students bring home bags of vegetables to their families, many of whom are recent immigrants to the Buffalo area.   She is a member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS, and was admitted to the NYS Bar.Ms. Kent is dedicated to inspiring the participation of people of color and females in STEM studies and their representation in STEM professions.

Debra KieliszekDebra Kieliszek

Cleveland Hill Union Free School District

Debra Kieliszek earned her AAS in Laboratory Technology from Trocaire College, BS in Medical Technology from SUNY at Buffalo, and MSEd from SUNY Buffalo State. Prior to pursuing a career in education, Mrs. Kieliszek worked for over 10 years in the medical laboratory field. Mrs. Kieliszek was the recipient of an Empire State Challenger Fellowship for graduate study. Mrs. Kieliszek earned certifications in Earth Science, Biology and Chemistry. She has taught at Cleveland Hill High School for 22 years in all of her certification areas, and currently teaches Earth Science and General Chemistry, and has been a Science Curriculum Coordinator and new teacher mentor. Mrs. Kieliszek believes in building strong bonds with her students and served as an advisor to the Science Club, Yearbook, and Junior/Senior Class. She is also an active member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS, National Earth Science Teachers Association and National Science Teachers Association. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Kieliszek is looking forward to the opportunity to continue her growth as a Science Teacher and to be able to share her new knowledge with her colleagues and students.

Lon KnappenbergerAcademy of Master Teachers logoLon Knappenberger

Master Teacher Emeritus

Westfield Academy and Central School District

Lon Knappenberger earned his BS in Biology at SUNY Fredonia, and MA in Anthropology with a concentration in Primate Behavior from the University at Buffalo.  Mr. Knappenberger spent six years studying primate behavior before becoming a teacher.  In the classroom for 21 years, Mr. Knappenberger has experience teaching a wide variety of courses including Health, Character Development, Living Environment Lab, Physical Science, and has assisted with Math 7 and Enrichment French/Spanish 7. He currently teaches Science 8, Functional Anatomy of the Limbs, Zoology & Animal Behavior, Biotechnology Techniques 1, Biotechnology Techniques 2, and a Middle School Science Enrichment course. His activities outside the classroom include Varsity Boys Track Coach, Boys Modified Soccer Coach, Basketball Timer Scorer, Technology Committee, Health & Safety Committee, and the BOCES Science Forum. He has continued to work with the University at Buffalo and Joint Genome Institute on gene annotation of Kytococcus sedentarius, a marine-dwelling bacterium known for its production of a certain class of antibiotics.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Knappenberger has participated in the MAKE Professional Learning Team and has presented at the Science Teachers Association of NYS mini-conference at the Buffalo Museum of Science.

Carl Koppmannt

Grand Island Central School District

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Jennifer Koscielski

Buffalo City School District

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Dale LaChausseDale LaChausse

Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School District

Dale LaChausse earned both his B.S. in Molecular Genetics and Master of Arts in Teaching from SUNY Fredonia. As an undergraduate student, Dale was awarded a National Science Foundation internship at Cornell University and a National Cancer Institute research internship at Rowell Park Cancer Institute. Mr. LaChausse teaches Regents Chemistry, Forensics, and College Level Chemistry at Cattaraugus-Little Valley High School. He is an adjunct instructor through Syracuse University’s Project Advance program. He co-advices the Trap Club, serves as the Science Department Chairperson and is the treasurer for the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Teachers Association. Mr. LaChausse is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Science Teachers Association of New York State. His professional interests include using technology in the classroom, inquiry-based learning, and teaching students how chemistry applies to everyday life. Mr. LaChausse is passionate about building positive relationships with students and encouraging them to pursue careers in the STEM field. Outside of school, Mr. LaChausse enjoys living in the country with his wife and two children.  He looks forward to collaborating with other Master Teachers to improve his knowledge and instruction of science.

Christine LamontChristine Lamont

Buffalo City School District

Christine Lamont was born in Scotland and educated at the University of Glasgow, where she earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in Physiology. She has worked as a medical researcher, studying muscle biology at the University of Calgary in Canada, the University of Liverpool in England, and the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Her research has been published in journals, such as the Journal of Physiology (London) and Pflügers Archive, and she has presented her research to learned societies around the world, such as the Physiological Society, American Heart Association, and Biophysical Society. Ms. Lamont teaches Biology, Environmental Science, and Earth Science at Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts. She is a Member of the National Association of Biology Teachers and the Science Teachers Association of New York State. In her spare time, she enjoys bird watching and practicing yoga. As a NYS Master Teacher, she hopes to provide better hands-on science experiences for her students and to encourage them to use their artistic talents to bring attention to environmental issues, for example, by painting rain barrels, making posters and creating public service announcement videos.

Amy LauerAmy Lauer

Fredonia School District

Amy Lauer earned her BA in psychology, her MA in pathology from the University at Buffalo, and her National Board Certification in Early Adolescence - Science.  Mrs. Lauer has been in the classroom for 11 years, and she teaches physical science to eighth graders at Fredonia Middle School.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is the middle level Instructional Leader for Science and is co-advisor for the Service Learning club at her school.  Mrs. Lauer’s professional interests include incorporating technology in the classroom and outdoor education.  Mrs. Lauer is a member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS and the NYS Association for Computers and Technologies in Education.  Within the NYS Teacher Program, Mrs. Lauer has participated in the Nanotechnology and the Safety of Genetically Engineered Food mini-courses, and the Literacy Professional Learning Team.

Jennifer LumiaJennifer Lumia

Jamestown City School District

Jennifer Lumia earned both her B.S. and M.S. in Biology from SUNY Fredonia. Ms. Lumia teaches Living Environment and Advanced Placement Biology at Jamestown High School, where she has taught molecular biology for college credit, coached volleyball, chaperoned ski club, starting a running group for girls, and even sang in a rock band comprised of teachers. She is a member of the Jamestown High School Positive Behavior Intervention System team and participates in the biology professional learning community.  Prior to Jamestown, Ms. Lumia taught in the Chicago Public Schools. Jennifer, her husband, and their three children love to spend their vacations visiting the country’s national parks. She is excited about the opportunities the Master Teacher Program provides to learn more about the natural world and to collaborate with other teachers of Regents and Advanced Placement Biology.

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Jason MayleJason Mayle

Buffalo City School District

Jason Mayle earned his B.S. in Secondary Education Biology and his M.S.Ed. in Educational Computing from SUNY Buffalo State. After ten years of teaching various subjects and levels in the Buffalo City School District, he went back to SUNY Buffalo State to earn a second certification in Physics Education. This led to his current position as a Regents Physics and Regents Physics Lab teacher at Hutchinson Central Technical High School. Throughout his career, Mr. Mayle has been involved with the Science Olympiad and his roles included coaching at the high school and middle school levels, being an event supervisor at the middle and high school levels, and, for five years, coordinating the Lake Erie Niagara Region Middle Level Division. Mr. Mayle is the site coordinator at Hutch Tech for the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership grant through the University at Buffalo, which partners UB professors with classroom to teachers to engage in summer research projects. Jason is a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan and enjoys sharing fun science facts with his wife and two children. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Mayle is interested in gaining more content knowledge and working as a mentor for new and pre-service teachers.

Katelyn MazurkiewiczKatelyn Mazurkiewicz

Lockport City School District

Katelyn Mazurkiewicz earned her B.A. in Mathematics from SUNY Geneseo and M.S.Ed. from Canisius College. Mrs. Mazurkiewicz teaches Common Core Algebra and a Common Core Algebra stretch course at Lockport High School. She is the Mathematics Department Chair for grades 9-12, chair of the Mathematics Honor Society Committee, and a member of the Digital Learning Team at the Lockport City School District. She has been teaching as an adjunct professor at Canisius College in the Differentiated Instruction graduate program for the past seven years. Her current projects and interests involve using technology and differentiated instruction to better utilize class time for the application of mathematics to everyday experiences. She also likes to work with other teachers and pre-service math teachers to expose them to different methods they can use within their classrooms. Outside of school, Katelyn is active in her community, tutoring students and participating in local soccer programs. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Mazurkiewicz looks forward to working with other committed teachers, expanding her own knowledge of teaching, and sharing her work and findings with others.

Kristen McCabeKristen McCabe

West Seneca Central School District

Kristen McCabe earned her B.S. in Mathematics in Secondary Education and her M.S. in Mathematics Education from Buffalo State College. Mrs. McCabe teaches Algebra II Common Core and Precalclus at West Seneca East Senior High School and has taught all levels of mathematics. She is an adjunct professor and participates in the Advanced Studies Program at Erie Community College. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Kristen is a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS and has served as a varsity soccer coach for several years. Outside of the classroom, she is an avid skier and snowboarder, runs a small crochet business, and plays soccer as much as she can. Ms. McCabe is excited to be part of the NYS Master Teacher Program and looks forward to mentoring new teachers and bringing new teaching and learning practices back to her classroom and her colleagues.

Cynthia McMillenCynthia McMillen

Dunkirk City School District

Cindy McMillen has taught Biology and Anatomy at Dunkirk High School for the last 18 years. Prior to that she taught Biology at Lackawanna and worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer and teacher in the Baldwinsville Central School District. Mrs. McMillen is an active teacher mentor in her district and is a participant in Project MAST2ER (Mathematics And Science Teacher Training in Educational Resources), which focuses on strengthening mathematics and science teacher education programs through evidence-based practices particularly in the instruction of English Language learners, at SUNY Fredonia. Mrs. McMillen has been recognized as an Institute Scholar for the Research in Science Teaching at SUNY Fredonia.

Robert MeekRobert Meek

Master Teacher Emeritus

Akron Central School District

Robert Meek earned his BS in physics and MSEd at SUNY Buffalo.  In the classroom 20 years, Mr. Meek teaches chemistry and physics at Akron Central High School.  Spanning 26 seasons, e Mr. Meek has been a coach for many sports, both at the modified and varsity level, including soccer, volleyball, tennis, and track & field.  Mr. Meek is currently working on the launch of a new computer coding course as a high school elective.  His professional development activities include the University of Rochester's Research Experience for Teachers, the Institute for New Teachers of Regents Physics, and Rochester's Physicists and Rochester Teachers Inventing Classroom Experiments (PARTICLE) Program.  The PARTICLE Program is designed to promote open-ended, inquiry-based experiments and student engagement research and deepen and broaden student and teacher knowledge of modern physics.  He is a member of the Western NY Physics Teachers Alliance and the American Association of Physics Teachers.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Meek has participated in the Flipped Classroom and the Common Language Professional Learning Teams.

Annette MillerAnnette Miller

Buffalo City School District

Annette Miller earned her B.S.Ed. in Biology Education from SUNY College at Buffalo, Master of Education in Science Education from SUNY at Buffalo, and her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership from Niagara University. Mrs. Miller teaches seventh and eighth grade science at the International Preparatory School in Buffalo and previously taught Living Environment and Earth Science. She is an active member of her school community, serving on the School-Based Management Team, Community Engagement Team, Building Committee, and Middle School STEM Club, and as a Buffalo Teachers Federation Union Delegate.  She is a member of the Buffalo Public Schools’ Math and Science Partnership Grant and provides professional development monthly to district middle school science teachers. Outside of school, Annette is an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa-Alpha Chapter, an altruistic society for women educators, and enjoys spending time with her family.  As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Miller looks forward to mentoring new and pre-service teachers as well as deepening her understanding of science.

John Miller

Lockport City School District

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Marie Miller

Lewiston-Porter Central School District

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Kurt MinervinoKurt Minervino

Buffalo City School District

Kurt Minervino earned his B.S. in Earth Sciences and Earth Science Education, and M.S.Ed. in Science Education from the SUNY College at Buffalo and also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Teacher Leadership from Niagara University. Mr. Minervino is currently a doctoral candidate completing his PhD in leadership and policy at Niagara University. The focus of his research aims to examine the extent to which gender differential item functioning exists within the NYS Regents Exams. Other research interests include: generalizability theory, item response theory, and pedagogical practices. Mr. Minervino teaches physical and earth sciences at City Honors School in Buffalo where he has served as faculty advisor to the Magic: the Gathering, Mock Trial and Pre-law clubs. He is an adjunct professor at Niagara University teaching physical geology and solar system astronomy and an active member of the National Science Teachers Association. In addition to teaching science, he also coordinates his parish’s confirmation program. During his spare time, Kurt enjoys traveling, visiting museums, reading, boating, and hiking. As a NYS Master Teacher, he looks forward to working with other STEM teachers in the Western New York region to continue to grow and learn as an educator.

Alison MoranAlison Moran

Alden Central School District

Alison Moran earned her B.A. in Elementary Education with a Biology concentration from Canisius College and her M.S. in Differentiated Instruction with a concentration in Earth Science from Buffalo State College. Alison also earned an A.A.S. in Nursing from Trocaire College. Mrs. Moran teaches Earth Science and Oceanography at Alden High School where she is club advisor to the Friends of the Planet Club which is responsible for district recycling and environmental awareness. Prior to teaching at Alden Central Schools, she worked as a Registered Nurse in the Pediatric Department at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Moran looks forward to working collaboratively with other teachers from across the region. As a lifelong learner, it is important to her to experience sound professional development that she will be able to use with her students and share with her Alden High School colleagues.

Robert MusilliRobert Musilli

Master Teacher Emeritus

Hamburg Central School District

Robert Musilli earned his BS in physics from SUNY Buffalo, Masters in Business Administration from Saint Bonaventure University and teacher certification in chemistry, physics, General Science and business.  In the classroom 14 years, Mr. Musilli teaches chemistry at Hamburg High School.  Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. Musilli worked for many years in Detroit, Michigan for General Motors Cadillac Engineering and was also a Sales Engineer for ABB Air Preheater.  He decided to become a science teacher to share his love of science with others.  Mr. Musilli considers it to be an honor to be part of the NYS Master Teacher Program with an inaugural group of teachers paving the way for the next generation of STEM teachers.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Musilli has participated in the MAKE Professional Learning Team (PLT), the Mentoring PLT, and the Department of Environmental Conservation Green Chemistry Workshop.

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Aaron Nolan

Depew Union Free School District

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Kaci NowadlyAcademy of Master Teachers logoKaci Nowadly

Master Teacher Emeritus

Hamburg Central School District

Kaci Nowadly earned her B­­S in Molecular Biology, and BA in Applied Anthropology at Lehigh University, and MA in Environmental Science and Biological Anthropology from the University at Buffalo.  Before becoming a teacher of middle school through college, she was an Environmental Scientist and Engineer.  In the classroom 14 years, Mrs. Nowadly teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Biology, AP Environmental Science, Regents Chemistry, and Regents Biology Lab at Hamburg Central Schools.  She has taught 8th grade General Science, and Robotics, and designed curricula for courses in computer science and energy management.   Mrs. Nowadly facilitates a Robotics Club, is a coach for the Science Olympiad Team, and sponsors a STEM Club, through which students are connected to internships, research opportunities, and science and math competitions. Mrs. Nowadly is also the district’s Energy Manager, and member of Science Teachers Association of NYS.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Nowadly participated in the Outdoor Education Professional Learning Team (PLT), the Green Chemistry Workshop, and many mini courses.  She also facilitated the Common Language PLT, and Opportunities Beyond the Classroom PLT.  As a result of the NYS Master Teacher Program, she engages her students in discussions about global climate change, STEM cells, and genetics of food material.

Lee NowocienLee Nowocien

Grand Island Central School District

Lee Nowocien earned his BS in physics and MSEd in Physics Education from SUNY Geneseo.  In the classroom 13 years, Mr. Nowocien teaches Regents and Honors Physics, Earth Science Lab, Physical Science, and PECS (Physical, Environmental and Chemical Sciences) at Grand Island High School.  He has taught Regents Physics as part of his regular teaching duties for his entire career and has also taught physical science and a blended environmental science course.  In addition to his teaching duties, he coaches Boys’ Volleyball, runs the Upstate New York Transplant Services Donate Life Club and has served as Science Program Coordinator at Grand Island High School.  Mr. Nowocien lives on Grand Island with his wife and two sons.  He enjoys spending his free time camping, hiking, and fishing the upper Niagara River. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Nowocien has participated in the Invasive Species and the Nanotechnology mini-courses, and the Outdoor Science Activities Professional Learning Team.

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Harry O'Malley

Williamsville Central School District

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Paul ParrinelloPaul Parrinello, Jr.

Depew School District

Paul Parrinello earned his BS in Forestry and Wildlife Biology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, MS in Biology from Montana State University and holds permanent NYS certification in Biology, Earth Science, and Chemistry. Before teaching, Mr. Parrinello worked on research projects involving raptors, cavity-besting birds, and grasshopper DNA in the western USA. Mr. Parrinello won two student-generated awards for outstanding teaching: the Business First Teacher of Merit Award, and Honorary Membership in the National Honor Society. In the high school classroom for 19 years, he currently teaches Regents Chemistry and College Chemistry at Depew High School. Mr. Parrinello serves on the Building Council and the National Honor Society selection team. He is often asked to give nature walks around the school campus by faculty members and students, and annually leads a hike at the Senior Picnic. Mr. Parrinello is a member of the American Chemical Society, Science Teachers Association of NYS, and participates in the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, Cub Scouts, and Trout Unlimited. He enjoys fly-fishing, camping, and crossword puzzles. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Parrinello is looking forward to the “Evolution: A Current View” Mini-course and the Outdoor Science Professional Learning Team.

Robert ParryRobert Parry

Depew School District

Robert Parry earned his BS in biology from Niagara University and M­­SEd in Secondary Science Education from D'Youville College.  In the classroom 14 years, Mr. Parry teaches Advanced Placement Biology (AP) and Regents Chemistry at Depew High School.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he coaches Varsity Baseball at Depew High School.  His professional interests include virtual online learning and student driven instruction.  He is currently working with the Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services to create a Virtual AP Biology Course and other online science elective courses.  Mr. Parry is also a member of the American Chemical Society, and is the Chemistry Subject Area Representative for the Western Section of Science Teachers Association of NYS.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Parry has facilitated the Gamefication Professional Learning Team (PLT), and participated in the Problem Posing PLT.  As a result of the NYS Master Teacher Program, he implemented different gamefication strategies to reinforce positive behavior in his students.  After implementing a points system to reward students for class participation, his students increased their level of participation and preparation for class and were more engaged in the classroom activities.

Aaron PietroAaron Pietro

Dunkirk City School District

Aaron Pietro earned both his B.S. in Mathematics and M.S.Ed. in Mathematics Education from SUNY Fredonia. Mr. Pietro teaches in the Dunkirk City School District where he is the Mathematics Department Chair and he previously taught math at Springville Griffith-Institute Middle School. Mr. Pietro has taught all levels of mathematics from seventh grade through college-level Calculus. He currently teaches Precalculus and Calculus I and II through the College Connections Program at Jamestown Community College. The Calculus courses are offered through Distance Learning, thereby making college-level calculus available to students in rural schools. Aaron participates in the Project Mast2ers program at Fredonia State and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Mr. Pietro’s professional interests include working for a local property surveying company where he is involved in map quality-control and summer field work. He looks forward to continual professional growth through and with the NYS Master Teacher Program.

Mary PlumbMary Plumb

Falconer School District

Mary Plumb earned her BS in mathematics, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and Master of Arts in Education, with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction, from Chapman University. Ms. Plumb served as an officer in the United States Air Force, overseeing the airfield and air traffic control facilities at Travis AFB, CA, and then managed federal grants and construction projects for the Sacramento County Airport System until 2002.  In the classroom for over 11 years, she currently teaches Regents Geometry, Advanced Algebra with Geometry, and General Math 9 at Falconer High School. In 2011, Ms. Plumb led a 7th grade interdisciplinary effort studying world population growth and water consumption while raising funds to construct an irrigation system at a self-subsistent boarding school in Uganda.  She is interested in the research of the growth mindset practices and strives to create a classroom environment where fearless academic risk is encouraged and recognized as an essential component of the learning process.  Ms. Plumb is a member of Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Pi Mu Epsilon, a professional organization dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding.

Kelly Przybyla

Buffalo City School District

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Matthew RajczakMatthew Rajczak

Master Teacher Emeritus

Niagara Falls City School District

Matthew Rajczak earned his AAS in Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NYS Ranger School), BS and MSEd in Biology Education from SUNY College at Buffalo, and MSEd in Biology Education from Buffalo State College with certifications in Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Biology and General Science.  In the classroom 22 years, Mr. Rajczak teaches Regents Physics, a dual college credit Physics through Niagara County Community College’s College Acceleration Program and Natural Disasters, another dual accreditation course through Niagara University's Senior Term Enrichment Program at Niagara Falls High School.  He also coached football and track and field for many seasons.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Rajczak has been a co-facilitator for the MAKE Professional Learning Team (PLT) and a participant for the Outdoor Science PLT and Beyond the Classroom PLT.  He enjoys surrounding himself with the professional and positive Master Teachers.  As a result of the NYS Master Teacher Program, he appreciates the rewarding experience of inspiring other students and teachers to be successful.

Richard RandallRichard Randall

Iroquois School District

Richard Randall earned his BA in Physics from the University at Buffalo. After graduation, he spent a year teaching American Studies and coaching lacrosse at Stockport Grammar School, a high school outside of Manchester, England. Upon returning to America, Mr. Randall earned his MSEd at Nazareth College, and taught Regents Physics at Webster Central Schools for five years. Currently at Iroquois High School, Mr. Randall teaches Regents Physics, Advanced Placement (AP) Physics: Mechanics, and AP Physics: Electricity & Magnetism. While teaching physics for 20 years, he has also coached varsity through modified lacrosse, co-founded the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) Club, been a Class Adviser, and led student trips to Florida and Quebec. Mr. Randall is a member of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), the Science Teachers Association of NYS), and the Western New York Physics Teachers Alliance. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, he is interested in flipping his instruction, and teaching Physics to elementary age children. Outside of school, Mr. Randall is a member of the National Ski Patrol and coaches his two sons’ football, soccer, and lacrosse teams. He is thankful of his supportive wife and family.

Noah RaymondNoah Raymond

Lockport City School District

Noah Raymond earned his B.S. in Biology from SUNY Brockport and M.S. in Technology Education from Buffalo State College. Mr. Raymond has taught Technology Education since 2005 in the Lockport City School District. He currently teaches Middle School Technology Education, STEM, and Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles. He has served as robotics coach for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League, FIRST Technical Challenge, FIRST Robotics Competition and VEX Robotics, helping lead teams to multiple local and regional championships. He has also served as head coordinator at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Tech Wars and individual event coordinator at NCCC and Erie Community College Tech Wars. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys spending his free time on the water, bass fishing. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Raymond looks forward to collaborating with other STEM teachers and building devices to enhance education in his classroom.

Stephanie ReddienStephanie Reddien

Amherst Central School District

Stephanie Reddien earned her B.A. in Middle Childhood and Adolescent Mathematics Education from Niagara University and her M.S. in Mathematics Education from the University at Buffalo. Mrs. Reddien teaches at Amherst Central High School where she has been recognized twice as Teacher of the Month. She currently teaches Advanced Placement Calculus, College Precalculus, and Regents Geometry and is a co-advisor of the Amherst Central Math Team. Mrs. Reddien is pursuing her Ph.D. in the Curriculum, Instructional and Science of Learning program at the University at Buffalo. Her research will focus on adolescent math education, specifically on the social and collaborative nature of learning. Stephanie is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State, and the Mathematics Education Students and Alumni Association at the University at Buffalo. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Reddien looks forward to joining the Mentoring Professional Learning Team and working with pre-service and novice teachers early in their careers.

Mary Beth RicheyMary Beth Richey

East Aurora School District

Mary Beth Richey earned her BA in mathematics and Computer Science from LeMoyne College and MS in Mathematics Education from Syracuse University.  In the classroom 17 years, Mrs. Richey teaches Algebra II/Trigonometry and Advance Placement (AP) Calculus AB at East Aurora High School.  She is a teacher in the Math/Science/Technology Program at East Aurora High School, in which a select group of students enroll in integrated courses in the STEM disciplines throughout their four years of high school.  Her professional interests include the use of technology in the math classroom.  She participated in the 2014 Toyota-RIT Applied Math Initiative.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is the Math Department Chairperson, National Honor Society Advisor, and member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  Within the Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Richey has facilitated the AP Calculus Professional Learning Team (PLT) and has participated in the Common Language, Problem Based, Vertical Math, and Mentoring PLTs. Mrs. Richey credits the NYS Master Teacher Program for broadening and expanding her pedagogical techniques that contribute to the development of her goals for her students.

Erica RowsErica Rows

Williamsville Central School District

Erica Rows earned her B.A., Magna Cum Laude from Niagara University and her M.S. in Educational Computing, Summa Cum Laude from Buffalo State. Ms. Rows holds three permanent teaching certificates: Secondary Mathematics, Elementary Education, and Special Education. While attending Niagara, she was part of the University Honors Program, Pi Lambda Theta, International Honors Society and Professional Association in Education, Kappa Mu Epsilon, National Mathematics Honor Society, Delta Epsilon Sigma, and National Scholastic Honor Society, and a Division 1 Scholarship swimmer. She was Vice President of her class and a founding member of her sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha. Ms. Rows teaches Math 8 and Algebra 1 Regents at Mill Middle School. She has flipped her Algebra classroom and created a YouTube video library for various Algebra topics. Ms. Rows is a member of her school’s math committee and has been a member of curriculum writing teams, an advisor for the Joy of Math club, and swim coach.  She chaperones dances and participates in school talent shows and Airband contests. Erica enjoys spending time with her family and is grateful for their love and support. As a Master Teacher, Ms. Rows is excited to learn from and grow with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable group of professionals.

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Jeffrey SalernoJeffrey Salerno

Master Teacher Emeritus

Lake Shore Central Schools

Jeffrey Salerno earned his BS in Physics from Canisius College, and MSEd in Physics Education from the University at Buffalo. After a brief stint as a Research Assistant at the Hauptman Woodward Institute (HWI) in Buffalo, Mr. Salerno has taught physics for over 20 years at Lake Shore High School in Angola. He currently teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Physics C: Mechanics, Regents Physics, an online AP Physics course through the Virtual High School, and College Physics in conjunction with Niagara University. He continues to work summers at HWI as a laboratory technician, and has run their summer high school internship program in the past. Mr. Salerno is a member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS, the National Science Teachers Association, the AAPT (American Assoc. of Physics Teachers), and the Western NY Physics Teachers Association. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, he is a member of the Speaking a Common (Math/Science) Language, the AP Physics and the Physics Olympics Steering Committee.

Anthony SchabloskiAnthony Schabloski

Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School District

Anthony Schabloski earned his MSEd from the University at Buffalo and BS in Natural Resources – Environmental Science from Paul Smith’s College. Mr. Schabloski’s research experience began at the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center with the effects of no-take marine reserves on exploited reef fish of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. With a desire to gain experience in wildlife biology, he then worked for the USDA Forest Service SNFPA (Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment) Carnivore Monitoring Team. Missing the ocean, and with thoughts of furthering his degree in marine fisheries, he worked as a Marine Science Instructor at Seacamp in Big Key, FL. Here, Mr. Schabloski found his passion in education. Since 2008, he has been teaching 8th grade science and Environmental Science at Cattaraugus – Little Valley Central School. Mr. Schabloski and his students’ current interests include a fisher monitoring program, the Mansfield Creek Monitoring Program, the effects of deer exclosures on forest regeneration, and the development of a Forestry and Wildlife Research Center on the schools off campus property, and silviculture, the art and science of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health and quality of forests and woodlands to meet the diverse needs and values of landowners and society on a sustainable basis.

Kelly SchurrKelly Schurr

Starpoint Central School District

Kelly Schurr earned a B.S. in Architecture from the University at Buffalo and her teaching certificate and M.S. in Technology Education from Buffalo State College. She completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Virginia Tech where she also received the Outstanding Student in Integrative STEM Education Award. Ms. Schurr teaches STEM: Earth Science, STEM: Biology, STEM: Chemistry, and Robotics at Starpoint High School. Her goal and focus have been on building an integrative STEM education program that challenges students to design solutions to everyday problems by applying their understanding of concepts from across disciplines. Thanks to collaborations with her talented colleagues, four courses have been implemented. Ms. Schurr intends to add the fifth and final STEM course, focused on Geometry, in the near future. At Starpoint, she is the co-advisor for the Class of 2019, an assistant coach for varsity softball, and a member of the School-Based Intervention Team. Her honors include a Graduate Research Award from Epsilon Pi Tau and membership in the 2011-2012 cohort of the Twenty-First Century Leadership Academy sponsored by the Council on Technology & Engineering Teacher Education (CTETE ) and the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). As a Master Teacher, Kelly looks forward to learning from and collaborating with all of the exceptional educators in the program.

Jeffrey Shelley

East Aurora Union Free School District

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Jonathan Shelley

Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District

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Tim ShroutTimothy Shrout

Bemus Point Central School District

Tim Shrout earned his B.S. in Biology from Juniata College and M.S.Ed. from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Shrout teaches Living Environment and Middle level science at Maple Grove Junior-Senior High School where coaches wrestling and advises Envirothon, an annual environmentally-themed academic competition for high school students. Tim has been involved with curriculum development for several science courses and implementation of new technologies in his classroom. He has also offered Biology: a Molecular Approach through Jamestown Community College. In his free time, Tim enjoys skiing, camping, and taking trips to the beach with his wife and two sons. As a Master Teacher, Mr. Shrout looks forward to implementing new, inquiry-based strategies and technologies in his classroom.

Stan SkotnickiStanley Skotnicki

Cheektowaga Central School District

Stan Skotnicki earned his B.A. in Earth Science Education and his M.S. in Education Technology from Buffalo State College. As a PolarTREC educator in 2016, Mr. Skotnicki spent five weeks near Cherskiy, Russia studying how vegetation growth impacts the permafrost layer and blogging about the research process. The previous summer, he was part of a research team doing permafrost investigations above the Arctic Circle in Alaska. Prior to teaching, Mr. Skotnicki worked as a Design Draftsman for SIHI Pumps, Inc., an engineering firm. Mr. Skotnicki teaches Earth Science and Physical Science at Cheektowaga Central Middle School, serves as the Middle School Science Curriculum leader, coordinates the morning announcement program, and advises the National Junior Science Honor Society. Stan is an active member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS, the National Earth Science Teachers Association, and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He will co-present a poster session about developing a successful PolarTREC expedition at AGU’s fall conference. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Skotnicki looks forward to participating in coursework on the Arctic with Dr. Stephen Vermette from Buffalo State and joining the Outdoor Science Professional Learning Team.

Shannon SkowronShannon Skowron

Lancaster Central School District

Shannon Skowron earned her B.A. in Biological Sciences from SUNY Buffalo and M.S.Ed. from Canisius College. Mrs. Skowron teaches Honors Level Physics and Foundations for Success, a freshman seminar class new to Lancaster and serves as advisor for the Sophomore Class and the Rocketry Club at Lancaster High School. She has also taught Biology, Chemistry, General Science, and Physics at all levels and the first year course of the Leadership Academy. Shannon also has been advisor for the Science Honor Society, Science Olympiad, National Honor Society, and Z Club. Mrs. Skowron is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and Science Teachers Association of NYS and is involved in promoting leadership activities at the local, state, and national levels. Outside of the classroom, Shannon volunteers in her community and spends time with her family supporting them at their school and in their sports and activities. As a Master Teacher, Mrs. Skowron looks forward to increasing her knowledge of content and pedagogy, networking with other Master Teachers, and helping pre-service teachers embrace the profession and promote STEM education.

Steven SolazzoSteven Solazzo

Master Teacher Emeritus

Maryvale Union Free School District

Steven Solazzo earned his BS in mathematics, MEd in Mathematics Teacher Education from SUNY Buffalo and is currently pursuing an Educational Leadership degree at Niagara University.  In the classroom 13 years, Mr. Solazzo teaches Common Core Geometry, Pre-Calculus and dual credit Calculus through Niagara University at Maryvale High School.  His professional interests include mentoring new and pre-service math teachers, and implementing technology to allow his students to communicate both inside and outside of the classroom.  Currently, he is working with the Science and Technology coordinators to share the importance of STEM courses, and organizing a STEM night in his district.  He is the Mathematics Department Chair for grades 9-12, and a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Solazzo has facilitated the Calculus Concepts Professional Learning Team (PLT) and participated in the Math Vertical Alignment PLT.  As a result of the NYS Master Teacher Program, he has expanded the implementation of problem solving strategies in the classroom and created a more student-centered program that allows students to teach individual parts of the lesson.

Kathleen StadlerKathleen Stadler

Master Teacher Emeritus

Lancaster Central School District

Kathleen Stadler earned her BS in Secondary Education Biology and MSEd in Physics Education from Buffalo State.  In the classroom seven years, Ms. Stadler teaches Regents Physics, and Advanced Placement (AP) Physics C Mechanics at Lancaster Central School District.  Prior to teaching at Lancaster, she taught Regents Earth Science and Regents Living Environment at a catholic school. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Stadler has facilitated the AP Physics Professional Learning Team (PLT) and been a member of the Coaching and Common Language PLT.  She enjoys being a NYS Master Teacher because the program provides her with opportunities for professional growth.  As a result of the NYS Master Teacher Program, she is integrating the terminology and procedures from the Common Core Math classes in her physics class and is changing her methodology for teaching vectors.

Stephen StillerStephen Stiller

Buffalo City School District

Stephen Stiller received his B.A. in Math and Education from SUNY Geneseo and his M.A. in Philosophy from The University of Buffalo. He went on to get an Advanced Certificate in Teacher Leadership from Niagara University. Mr. Stiller has taught at six different high schools and now teaches Algebra at East High School in Buffalo. He also tutors at the college and high school levels. During his years in Buffalo, Stephen has been a Department Chair, Curriculum Lead Teacher, Teacher Mentor, Math Coach, and Professional Development Facilitator. Mr. Stiller was recently voted Most Caring Teacher by Buffalo students and has previously been honored as Most Inspirational, Most Motivating, Most Creative, Most Energetic, and Funniest Teacher. Mr. Stiller has also received Outstanding Lesson, Outstanding Teacher, and Thinking Outside-the-Box awards. Outside of school, Stephen is a singer, songwriter, musician, and worship leader. He considers himself a life-long learner and is excited to be able to tap into the knowledge that the NYS Master Teacher Program makes abundantly available.

Kathleen SuggKathleen Sugg

Clarence Central Schools

Kathleen Sugg earned her BS in biology from SUNY Geneseo, MS in biology from SUNY Fredonia and teaching certifications from D’Youville College.  In the classroom over 20 years, Mrs. Sugg teaches Regents Biology, Regents and Non-Regents Chemistry and Human Anatomy and Physiology at Clarence Senior High School.  In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she has coached swimming and diving, and is co-facilitator of BioShare.  BioShare is an international organization dedicated to standardizing computing infrastructures to facilitate data-sharing for research into key measures of life-style, social circumstances and environment, and critical sub-components of the phenotypes associated with common complex diseases.    Mrs. Sugg is a member of both the Science Teachers Association of NYS and the National Association on Biology Teachers.  She loves sharing her love of biology and the human body with her students.  Before becoming a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Sugg was a part of the Biology and Chemistry Professional Development Network (previously Biology Mentor Network).  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she is looking forward to working with, and learning from the other amazing Master Teachers.

John SwiniuchJohn Swiniuch

East Aurora School District

John Swiniuch earned his BS in Biology and Chemistry Education and MSED from SUNY at Buffalo. In the classroom for 16 years, Mr. Swiniuch has taught five years in the city of Buffalo and the past 11 years at East Aurora High School. He currently teaches Regents Chemistry, Advanced Placement Chemistry, and a college-level Anatomy and Physiology class designed for students who are entering pre-health majors.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is also the Head of the Science Department, and has been the Varsity Football Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Coach during his time at East Aurora.

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Julie TetteJulie Tette

Lockport School District

Julie Tette earned her BS in Animal Science from Cornell University and MSEd from SUNY Brockport. Julie has taught Living Environment and Advanced Placement (AP) Biology at the high school level for the past 14 years. She has also been adjunct professor at Niagara University and Niagara County Community College. Ms. Tette’s past projects include a Virtual AP Grant through Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services to develop an online course for AP Biology for NYS. She has been focusing on developing a blended learning classroom and “gamifying” the classroom through various on-line open source platforms to improve student motivation and achievement. She is also very interested in promoting STEM at every grade level and has been involved in NYS Education Department’s STEM Institute for the past three years. Julie is an active member of National Science Teachers Association and the Science Teachers Association of NYS. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Tette is a member of the Flipped Classroom Professional Learning Team (PLT), participated in various workshops last summer, and is developing a Gamification PLT. Ms. Tette’s favorite part about teaching STEM is reigniting students’ innate curiosity and passion for learning about their natural world.

Kristina TomeiKristina Tomei

Starpoint School District

Kristina Tomei earned her BS in Chemistry at Union College and her MEd in Chemistry from SUNY University at Buffalo. In the classroom for six years, she teaches Regents Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry at Starpoint High School. Mrs. Tomei enjoys helping students learn how to be better problem solvers by using critical thinking.  Her recent professional focus is on incorporating new technology into her classroom. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Tomei is the varsity field hockey coach, and Science Honor Society Co-Advisor. She is also an active member of the Science Teacher Association of NYS. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Tomei participates in the Flipped Classroom Professional Learning Team and attended the Unpacking the Coaching Model Workshop in support of her work with pre-service teachers. Mrs. Tomei enjoys teaching chemistry because it helps students understand so many every day events and phenomena that students would otherwise never question.

Allen TurtonAllen Turton IV

Alden Central School District

Allen Turton IV earned his B.S. and M.Eng. in Industrial Engineering with a concentration in Production Systems from SUNY at Buffalo. Mr. Turton received certifications as a Manufacturing Engineer, Engineering Manager, and Enterprise Integrator through the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and has worked in several manufacturing settings including as a machinist at Lancaster Knives, a technical writer for Fezer Industrias Macanicas in Brazil, and as Business Unit Manager at Trico Products. When Trico closed its Buffalo Operations, Mr. Turton decided to pursue a career in education and became certified in Mathematics, Technology, and Business through Buffalo State’s Post-Baccalaureate Certification program and then began teaching at Alden High School. His extracurricular passions include Varsity Soccer, Varsity Tennis, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge Robotics, and Student Congress. Mr. Turton also earned a Work-Based-Learning Coordinator Extension and completed the School Building and District Leader Program through Buffalo State’s Certificate of Advanced Study Program. His interests include partnering with local trade unions and industry professionals to revitalize curriculum in technical areas. Allen enjoys coaching his daughters’ soccer teams, hunting, and, when time allows, playing in “old man” soccer leagues with his friends. As a NYS Master Teacher, he intends to share successful approaches with fellow teachers and gain new ideas for improving Career and Technical Education with a focus on Advanced Manufacturing.

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Craig UhrichCraig Uhrich

Depew School District

Craig Uhrich earned his BS and MSEd Physics Education from SUNY College at Buffalo. He has taught Regents and Advanced Placement (AP) Physics at Depew High School since 2001, after beginning his teaching career in Forestville, NY. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Craig is serving as the K-12 Science Coordinator, a member of the Data Team, Shared Decision Making Team, Comprehensive District Education Plan committee, and Instructional Learning Team, as well as an advisor to the Radio Club. Outside Depew High School, Mr. Uhrich has served as Lead Teacher for the Physics and Arts Summer Institute at the University of Buffalo, and as an adjunct lecturer for introductory Physics courses and as a Lead Teacher in their Summer Physics Academy in the Physics Department at Buffalo State College.  He is an active member of the Western New York Physics Teachers' Alliance, the American Modeling Teachers' Association, the Science Teachers' Association of New York State, and the American Association of Physics Teachers. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Uhrich co-facilitates the AP Physics Professional Learning Team and has participated in the “Nudging Newton,” "Energy, Matter, & Ecosystems," and "Evolution & Heredity,” mini-courses, whose topics he found invaluable to his role as Depew High School’s K-12 Science Coordinator.

Pamela Urbanek

Clarence Central School District

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James Vitale

Randolph Academy Union Free School District

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Deborah Wehrlin

Clarence Central School District

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Edith WhiteEdith White

Lockport School District

Edith White earned her BS in biology from the University at Buffalo and MSEd from Niagara University.  In the classroom 15 years, Mrs. White teaches 7th Grade Life Science, Advanced Placement/SUNY Biology, Regents Chemistry, and Syracuse University Project Advance Forensic Science at Lockport High School.  (SUNY Biology is a dual course that counts as a SUNY credit through Niagara County Community College.)  Her current projects involve using technology and cooperative learning to better utilize class time for the application of chemistry to everyday experiences.  Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. White has participated in the Flipped Classroom Professional Learning Team (PLT) and the Coaching PLT.  She enjoys discussing common teaching interests, practices, and techniques with her fellow colleagues.  As a result of the NYS Master Teacher Program, she has implemented a flipped classroom design for her chemistry class, and has received nothing but support from parents and students for this shift in pedagogy.

Fred WildAlfred Wild

Cheektowaga-Maryvale Union Free School District

Fred Wild earned his B.S. and M.S. in Technology Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. Mr. Wild is a Technology Education and Computer Technology teacher at Maryvale Union Free School District. As a Project Lead the Way instructor, he has taught the Gateway to Technology Curriculum: Design and Modeling, Automation and Robotics, and Flight and Space units. Excited by the nationwide STEM initiative, Mr. Wild has recently implemented a VEX IQ Robotics Program, cross-curricular Engineering Design and Principles of Geometry Units, and the power of 3D printing into his Technology Curriculum. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is a member of the New York State Technology Education Association. Fred has participated in the Albright-Knox “Art’scool” competition, volunteered as a ski club advisor, designed and constructed many school musical sets, and acted as a camp counselor. Mr. Wild is an educator dedicated to fostering students’ love of STEM by creating real-world relevance within the context of his classroom. He looks forward to working with progressive educators and expanding his professional repertoire through the NYS Master Teacher program.

Diane WillardDiane Willard

Wellsville School District

Diane Willard earned her BA in mathematics and physics, Magna Cum Laude, from Houghton College, and MSEd from Alfred University.  Mrs. Willard has taught Earth Science and Physics at Wellsville High School for 29 years and hopes to teach 20 more!  She currently advises The Ushers Club and coaches the Scholastic Challenge Quiz Bowl teams.  Over the years, she has discovered a passion for theatre.  This has led her to be the producer and lighting designer for the high school’s fall play and spring musical for 19 years, and she began directing for the first time last fall.  She has won awards for production, lighting, and direction from the Theatre Association of New York State. Mrs. Willard is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Science Teachers Association of NYS.

Terrilynn WoodhouseTerrilynn Woodhouse

Cheektowaga-Maryvale Union Free School District

Terrilynn Woodhouse earned her B.S. in Biology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and M.S.Ed. from Columbia Teachers College. Ms. Woodhouse teaches eighth grade Regents Living Environment and General Science at Maryvale Middle School and previously taught Advanced Placement Biology, Regents Earth Science, Physics, and Biology at Christian Central Academy. Before teaching, Terrilynn conducted research at the Columbia Medical Center Endocrinology Department. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, Ms. Woodhouse has served as an advisor for Student Council, an advisor for Ski Club, a member of the National Junior Honor Society committee, and Science Department Chair, k-12. She implemented a summer STEM camp for Middle School students and is an active member of the Science Teacher Association of NYS. Her professional interests include mentoring new and pre-service science teachers and implementing technology and inquiry-based labs to engage students.  Extracurricular activities include boating, skiing, and hiking in local parks. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Woodhouse looks forward to being involved in the Professional Learning Teams focusing on technology and engineering applications encompassing the new NYS Science Learning Standards and is thankful for her family’s support in this new endeavor.

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Nilam YagielskiNilam Yagielski

Sweet Home School District

Nilam Yagielski earned her BA in Mathematics and Ed. M in Mathematics Education from SUNY Buffalo. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Yagielski worked as a program developer in the Information Technology Department in private industry in Buffalo, New York. In the classroom for 17 years, Mrs. Yagielski currently teaches Calculus, a Niagara University Senior Term Enrichment Program course, and Pre Algebra at Sweet Home High School. She is also an instructional coach for the high school math teachers. Outside of the classroom she serves on the Building Leadership Team, is the advisor for the National Honor Society, and is very involved with the professional development programs for the secondary math teachers. Mrs. Yagielski is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS and co-founded Access Mathematics, a partnership of math teachers sharing best practices throughout western New York. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Yagielski is looking forward to working with other committed teachers, expanding her own practice, and sharing this work with others.

Jeffrey YapJeffrey Yap

Williamsville Central School District

Jeff Yap earned his BS in Materials Engineering from Cornell University and his MSEd in Physics from Buffalo State College (BSC). Prior to teaching, Mr. Yap worked as an engineer in ceramics and semiconductors. Mr. Yap has been teaching for eleven years, ten of them at Williamsville South High School, where he taught Regents and General Physics, Advanced Placement (AP), Honors, Regents and General Chemistry, and Environmental science. He also advises the science club, encompassing events such as the trebuchet contest, the BSC Physics Olympics, and the Brain Bee. Outside of the classroom, Jeff is a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician with Eggertsville Hose Company. He has a wife and two kids who keep him busy the rest of the time. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Yap is looking forward to working with his peers on high energy demonstrations, and joining the Make and the AP Chemistry Professional Learning Teams.

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