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North Country Master Teacher Lisa Beldock Selected for Conservation Science Workshop at the San Diego Zoo

October 31, 2022

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Congratulations, Lisa Beldock, on her acceptance to the Teacher Workshop in Conservation Science at the San Diego Zoo! Lisa shared that the program's main objective is to "connect science educators to wildlife conservation through relevant laboratory and field-based experiences that share recent advances in the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance's conservation research."

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March 7, 2018

Mid-Hudson hosts 3rd Annual Girls Rock STEM event April 28

Girls Rock STEM at SUNY New Paltz features workshops for middle school girls and keynote speaker, Warwick Valley High School student Hannah Davis, an "Emperor Science Award" winner.
Registration open March 18-24.

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Designer Genes and SciGirl Queens

March 7, 2018

Southern Tier hosts 2nd Annual SciGirls event April 14

Designer Genes and SciGirl Queens is a collaboration between NYSMTP, Binghamton University, Cornell University, and local businesses. Local high school students volunteer to promote enthusiasm in STEM among girls in grades 4 - 8.
Registration opens March 12.

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March 7, 2018

Capital Region hosts 3rd Annual Girls in STEM event March 24

Girls in STEM at UAlbany features a Saturday of workshops and keynote address by Dr. Kathleen Dunn, Associate Professor and Associate Head of the Nanoscience Constellation at SUNY Polytechnic. Registration now open.

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December 22, 2017

North Country Master Teachers Inspire Their Colleagues!

Attend a free information session on Jan 9 to find out more about a unique professional development opportunity for North Country K-12 teachers of any STEM subjects.

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Dina Kushnir Master Teacher Central NY

December 21, 2017

Exciting Opportunity Central NY STEM Educators

Find out about an exciting professional development opportunity for outstanding K-12 STEM educators in the Central New York region.

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December 14, 2017

Southern Tier MTs are joyful about their STEM learning!

Join Southern Tier Program Director and Master Teachers on Dec. 19 for an overview of the NYSMTP and application process, and an opportunity to ask questions.
Register for a free Information session

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December 13, 2017

Capital Region Master Teachers have a lot to share!

...a lot to share about their experiences as NYS Master Teachers and their thoughts about applying for this outstanding professional development opportunity for K-12 STEM Teachers!
Register for a free Information session - held across the region through January.

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Master Teacher at Desk with coffee

November 30, 2017

What has Mohawk Valley teachers so animated?

Attend a free info session to learn more about an outstanding Professional Development opportunity for K-12 STEM Teachers!

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Math Everyday Selfie - for Open PD SUNY Geneseo

November 28, 2017

Free PD for K-12 STEM Teachers @ SUNY Geneseo 12/9/17

What is Process Oriented Guided Learning? How does a chunk of silicon become a computer chip? How can I run a "gradeless" classroom? How can I develop Calculus concepts conceptually? Explore these questions and more at a free PD event in the Finger Lakes Region.

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locations of NY Teachers Summit events in October 2017

October 13, 2017

Master Teachers Present at First NYS Teachers Summit

NYS Master Teachers led presentations at NY Teachers Summits held on nine SUNY campuses statewide. At SUNY Albany, Master Teachers Anita Stabrowski and Michael Nacheman gave a presentation on how they work to integrate math and science lessons with colleague Nichole Sullivan.

Connie Woytowich (center)

May 3, 2017

NYS Master Teacher Connie Woytowich Named 2017 Woman of Distinction

Colonie Central High School Science teacher Connie Woytowich was recognized by Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner and Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen as a 2017 Woman of Distinction.

Stephanie Reddien

November 23, 2016

Amherst Central Instructor Named Master Teacher

Stephanie Nardozzi Reddien, an Amherst Central High School math teacher, has been named a New York State Master Teacher by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State University of New York.

Joseph Porto and student

February 6, 2015

Local Physics Teacher Honored as One of State's Best

High school physics teacher Joseph Porto was recently picked for the state Master Teacher Program. The honor supports selected teachers in sharing best practices and developing new ideas on classroom instruction.

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WNYIT

November 7, 2022

350+ Students Share Their Innovations at 2022 Western NY Information and Technology Conference

Western NY (WNY) STEM educators and their students, including WNY Master Teacher Emeritus Allen Turton and his Alden Middle School students, came together for the student-led 2022 WNYIT Conference in June.

Girls Rock STEAM - students loving steam

November 2, 2022

Owls, Drones, Circuitry, and More!

Mid-Hudson Middle School Girls Rock STEAM.
NYS Master Teachers designed another successful spring “Girls Rock STEAM” conference for students in grades 5 through 8.

Teacher Collaborations - green chem lab

June 10, 2021

Teacher Collaborations Help Students Become Stewards of the Planet

The New York State Master Teacher Program is a vibrant network of more than 1400 outstanding public school teachers throughout the state who share a passion for their own STEM learning and for collaborating with colleagues to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

Merton Williams Middle School Science teacher Reggie Gerig (L) with his 2019-2020 student teacher, Ryan

May 4, 2021

Master Teacher Mentoring Sessions Continue in the Remote Learning Model

NYS Master Teachers based at SUNY Geneseo coordinate with faculty at several nearby colleges and universities to mentor students who are preparing to become STEM teachers.Over the past few years, they have held events and developed partnerships with education majors attending SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Brockport, University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Nazareth College.

Dr. Debra Adair - Chasing COVID in 2020

April 19, 2021

SUNY Professor Adair Helps K-12 Educators Incorporate COVID-19 Data into their Lessons

Dr. Debra Adair, SUNY New Paltz Department of Biology, led “Chasing COVID-19,” a workshop for NYS Master Teachers on the virology of COVID-19 and how teachers can incorporate relevant, real-world COVID-19 data into their classroom lessons. 136 teachers from over 90 school districts across New York State, including large city, urban/suburban, and rural locations attended the ...

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March 3, 2021

New York State Teachers Explore Mesonet: New York's Environmental Monitoring Network and Its Wealth

Dr. June Wang, University at Albany Research Associate Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, led a workshop for K-12 teachers about Mesonet’s network of environmental monitoring stations and the vast amount of data and resources available to K-12 teachers. Dr. Wang is the Quality Control Manager for NYS Mesonet, and was recently named a Fellow of the American...

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February 19, 2021

Helping Students Connect to their Learning and with Each Other in Remote Math and Science Classes

NYS Master Teachers in Long Island are meeting regularly to focus on helping students connect to their classwork and to their classmates whether in remote, hybrid or in-person settings. Their focus on equity in the classroom began with discussion of vast differences in access to devices and broadband and now encompasses many ways to support student success, including differentiated ways ...

Jenna Conklin on Zoom call

December 15, 2020

NYS Master Teachers Mentor SUNY Oneonta Pre-service Students

Despite the challenges and limitations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, NYS Master Teachers and Regional Directors are creating inventive ways to connect, collaborate, and share expertise within and beyond the NYSMTP.
With keen awareness of the pandemic’s impact on opportunities for pre-service students to access field placements and mentoring support from practicing teachers...

summer 2020 zoom call

September 29, 2020

NYS Master Teachers Share Resources for F2F and On-line Instruction

The NYS Master Teachers facilitated over 45 virtual workshops this summer in preparation for the return to school. More than 300 participants, representing K-12 school districts and university educator preparation programs, learned how to use medical cases to each human systems, how to use Google forms and Peardeck for assessment, daily routines for jump-starting math classes, and much more.

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September 10, 2020

Pre-service Teachers join NYS Master Teachers for Professional Learning

This summer, educators across New York State prepared for the return to schools. The NYS Master Teachers led more than 85 workshops to share their best practices for engaging STEM teaching. Based on attendance and feedback, the Summer 2020 conference was a success because it welcomed 700+ participants into online workshops.

summer 2020 - july 21 collage

July 28, 2020

Summer for Teachers: Sharing Best Practices and Developing Professional Connections

Teachers across New York State are spending part of summer preparing for the first day of school. This is not new. Anticipating that many schools will incorporate on-line instruction into the weekly schedule, teachers are adding time to learn about tech tools that support student learning. Even the most experienced teachers are overwhelmed by the options. Which is right for NYS standards?...

summer 2020 - 6 presentations

July 20, 2020

NYS Master Teachers Collaborate with Colleagues to Prepare for the Reopening of Schools

The first week of Summer 2020: Leveraging our Statewide Network to Support STEM Teaching and Learning, a five week series of online professional learning sessions led by Master Teachers and Higher Ed STEM and Equity specialists, has been a perfect example of K-12 teacher collaboration.

Genetics dna day

May 29, 2020

Capital Region Master Teachers make National DNA Day a Professional Learning opportunity

For National DNA Day on April 25, the CR Personal Genetics Professional Learning Team (PLT) organized a Virtual Genetics Conference attended by more than 80 elementary, middle and high school Master Teachers from across the state.

CNY Students view Part of Solution display

February 15, 2018

Students Take Action on Climate Change

NYS Master Teachers are igniting their students’ passion for understanding climate issues and taking action to address them by bringing middle and high school students together for Climate Summits and by seeking ways to integrate climate studies across the curriculum.

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MT Rob Livingston at Hudson Falls HS

November 26, 2017

Capital Region Master Teachers Strive for Excellence

No matter what he’s doing, Rob Livingston is constantly striving to get better at it. Read more about how he and other Master Teachers continually strive to be the best STEM educators for their students.

Master Teachers surround group art project

September 7, 2017

Master Teacher Kelli Grabowski and Western NY Colleagues Help Students Take Action on Climate Change

Teachers across the country grapple with the challenges of educating students about climate change. Kelli Grabowski and colleagues from the NYS Master Teacher Program got them engaged.

Paul Andersen and Female Master Teacher

September 2, 2017

NYSMTP + STANYS = Sense of Wonder

The NYS Master Teacher Program partnered with STANYS to bring renowned science educator Paul Andersen to New York State...to bring the new science standards to life!

Teacher and students

May 9, 2017

When Teachers Collaborate, They Make The Educational Experience Better

All throughout New York State and across the country, we have all been influenced by a teacher….The NYS Master Teacher Program celebrates the highest-performing STEM teachers in New York.

Two female students

March 1, 2017

Early Exposure: Conference Introduces Middle School Girls to STEM Fields

More than 175 area girls in fourth through eighth grade are registered for this year’s Girls in STEM conference

Teachers using laptop computers

July 17, 2015

Master Teachers Explore New Technologies at 3D Institute

SUNY New Paltz holds week-long 3D printing institute, giving Mid-Hudson NYS Master Teachers a chance to immerse themselves in digital design and fabrication.

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November 1, 2022

Master Teachers Advance to New School & District Leadership Roles

Congratulations to NYSMTP Master Teachers Emeritus Laura Westerman, Finger Lakes SUNY Geneseo cohort, and Jessica Mintz and Stephanie Burns, Long Island Stony Brook University cohort, on stepping into your new leadership roles!

Stephanie O'Brien - Stony Brook 40 under 40 Honoree

November 1, 2022

Long Island Master Teacher Emeritus Stephanie O'Brien Named as 2021 40-under-40 Honoree

Stephanie was also recently selected as Smithtown Central School District's Director of Science and will continue to serve in leadership roles for Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS).
Congratulations, Stephanie, for your excellence in teaching and for the many contributions you make as a STEM leader!

Read more about Stony Brook's 40 Under 40 Award.

Melissa Hirt

November 1, 2022

Melissa Hirt, Capital Region Master Teacher Emeritus, Receives Prestigious STEM Leadership Award

The Albany CSD’s Secondary Supervisor for Science, Technology, and MS FACS, Amanda Powers (also an MT emeritus) writes, "Ms.
Hirt's unceasing advocacy in interdisciplinary STEM learning and career preparation are an essential part of our Myers building and Tech department teams. Her collegial support and collaboration, instructional flexibility and innovation, positive and constructive leadership, and the thoughtful, passionate, organized way that she engages in her work has been exemplar to all of us in STEM education."

Read an article about Melissa's Award on the Albany City School District website.

Mark Kaercher and his wife Jessica

November 16, 2021

Mark Kaercher, North Colonie Math Teacher, Opens a Tiny Math Studio on His Front Lawn

For several years, Mark Kaercher, and his wife, Jessica, a librarian, have hosted a book-lending library on their front lawn. Fast forward to winter 2021, Mark wondered about extending the Little Free Library concept to share his love of math with the community in a way that would broaden people's thinking about what math encompasses.

Collaboration Crushes Competition - Science Teacher mag cover Sept 2021

September 15, 2021

Long Island Master Teachers Publish Research in National Science Teacher Journal

Congratulations to Long Island Master Teachers Mary Kroll, Robert Bolen, John Halloran on the honor of having their inspiring article, Collaboration Crushes Competition! Preparing High School Research Students for Success in Big Science Careers, published in Science Teacher, a National Science Teachers Association publication. “The Science Teacher” is an award-winning journal...

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June 16, 2021

Smithtown CSD Master Teacher Amy Olander is Awarded $5K Grant to bring Native Garden to School

Congratulations to Amy Olander for receiving a $5000 grant from the Long Island Regional Planning Council to create a native plant garden on the Accompsett Middle School campus. This grant maybe have been a surprise but Mrs. Olander love of science is not new: She earned her BS in Environmental Science from Binghamton University.

NASA Astronaut answers questions during MTP event from ISS

May 12, 2021

Beekman CSD Master Teacher Diana Danville Connected Students with International Space Station

North Country Master Teacher, Diana Danville, in partnership with SUNY Plattsburg's ShineOn Girls! program, was instrumental in setting up the “2021 ShineOn! Look to the Stars” conference, and connecting New York students with astronauts on the International Space Station for a chat and discussion of student questions.

MTP - Planet Stewards

April 9, 2021

Long Island Master Teacher Inspires Her Middle School Students to be Planet Stewards

Congratulations to Stony Brook-based Master Teacher AnnMarie Mills on securing a NOAA Planet Stewards grant to create habitats featuring native plants on Long Island’s Islip District Middle School grounds to increase biodiversity. Mrs. Mills credits her experience at the Greentree Foundation's Teacher's Ecology Workshop for her professional "metamorphosis".

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February 2, 2021

Preparing Students for Careers in STEM: Connecting the curriculum to the “Real World” Skills

Master Teacher Chris Hurd and Indiana-based colleague, Jim Hanson, are on a mission. It is on the home page of their website: To make Computer Integrated Manufacturing [CIM] more exciting and easier for students and educators alike. Over the last seven years this teacher collaboration has led to the creation of a website...

mtp - studens get hands 0n - onondaga lake & Ticks

November 17, 2020

Science Learning for Action: Westhill CSD Students Use Lessons to Educate their Community

Students in Mrs. Weinsztok’s science classes in the Westhill Central School District in Onondaga County rarely ask “When will I use this in real life?” because they are using what they learn to educate their families and community.

Chris Regini cu shot

October 19, 2020

LI Master Teacher Growing Engineers, Programmers, and Agriculturists, Face-to-Face AND Remotely

Long Island Master Teacher Chris Regini started his website ‘Reginius Science’ three years ago to celebrate the amazing work of the students in the Half Hollow Hills School district.

 Thomas Fisher

September 18, 2020

An On-line Algebra Resource Welcomes all Students and Teachers

What do you get when you combine a passion for math, a passion for teaching, and a passion for coding? When it’s an experienced math teacher in the Hilton Central School District, you get FishMath by Thomas Fisher.

Libbie Haller - Mad Scientist 607

June 18, 2020

Olaf and Eggbert bring science home for elementary students thanks to MadScientist607

Master Teacher Libbie Haller had been toying with the idea of designing science activity birthday parties or Girl Scout badges for a few years...

CNS HS students

May 11, 2020

North Syracuse Master Teacher Sharing Resources to Support Remote Learning

Students have access to a plethora of resources that she has reviewed over the course of her 30+ years teaching.

Amy Gilbert pic

May 1, 2020

Teacher offers parents guidance to continue STEM learning at home.

Finger Lakes Master Teacher Amy Gilbert introduces her blog, The Nurtured Neuron, collecting science education materials for parents and teachers.

Face Shield made on 3d printer

April 23, 2020

Teachers Make 3D Printed Face Shields For Health Care Workers

featuring the work of Mid-Hudson Master Teacher Vinny Garrison and his colleagues

brad's tower - design & irl

April 20, 2020

Engineering for Elementary Students

Many teachers have created websites to share classroom news with families. The photos and lesson details have surely inspired great dinner time conversations.

Jen Hazzard - Gloversville HS

March 31, 2020

Master Teacher Jen Hazzard turned a gummy bear into a fireball - for science!

Hazzard has been filming science experiments and posting them on her YouTube page to help give kids and parents a little science instruction while schools are closed.

Jennifer Rightmyer of Radez Elementary School

October 18, 2019

We Welcome and Honor New NYS Master Teachers!

Being selected and named as a New York State Master Teacher is among the highest professional honors awarded to our state’s Science, Technology, Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics educators.

CNY Master Teacher Bryan English

March 4, 2019

CNY Master Teacher Bryan English Coordinates VEX Robotics Competition

Congratulations to Bryan English for inspiring students and colleagues, and for coordinating a successful VEX Robotics Competition held at Onondaga Community College for CNY middle and high school students. In the words of MT colleague Maria Leonardo, “The NYS VEX Championship was a great event organized by master teacher Bryan English who does a fantastic job for the students across the state!

January 12, 2018

Welcome New NYS Master Teachers!

Being selected and named as a New York State Master Teacher is among the highest professional honors awarded to our state’s STEM educators.

Sheena Britton and Dr. Astrid Helfant

January 3, 2018

Two OHS Teachers Named NYS Master Teachers

Sheena Britton and Dr. Astrid Helfant, two of Oneida High School’s finest teachers, have been recognized for their excellence and selected into the New York State Master Teacher Program.

Kevin Cleland MTP

December 12, 2017

Gates Chili Mathematics Teacher Kevin Cleland Named NYS Master Teacher

“I’m excited about offerings that involve computer programming, computer hardware and using technology to improve instruction and help our students become active producers and sharers of content, as opposed to just passive consumers,” Cleland said.

Jason Bradley MT Teaching Class

December 12, 2017

Master Teacher Program: “Better instruction and more qualified teachers”

Whitesboro Principal Kuhn honors Master Teachers and describes the benefits of the NYS Master Teacher Program by stating “We’ve always had a conscious effort with professional development, but this is really another level. It’s really the best of the best.”

Skaneateles CSD MT - Garrett and Jarvis

December 5, 2017

Skaneateles Central School District Honors New Master Teachers

Skaneateles CSD Superintendent, Ken Slentz honored the achievements of MTs Maureen Jarvis and Richard Garrett by stating “So many of our students have benefited from them over the years and I am thrilled that they have been properly recognized for their skills and attributes.”

Lisa Birchmore headshot

December 2, 2017

Liberty University Pays Tribute to NYS Master Teacher Lisa Birchmore

Lisa Birchmore, who earned her Ed.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the doctoral program at Liberty University, has been honored as a New York State Master Teacher.

Mary Castaldo and David Beard

December 1, 2017

Maine-Endwell HS Teachers Named NYS Master Teachers

Congratulations to High School teachers Mary Castaldo and David Beard on being named New York State Master Teachers.

Gilana Reiss headshot

November 20, 2017

Gov. Cuomo Names Gilana Reiss a NYS Master Teacher

Hunter College High School leaders are delighted that Chemistry teacher and Science Research Coordinator Gilana Reiss has been recognized for her professionalism and dedication.

Northport HS Teacher (2nd from right) and Students

November 15, 2017

Northport High School Educator Named ‘Master Teacher’

Northport High School math teacher Kristen Rozell said she’s always had a passion for learning new and advanced ways to teach students in the classroom. With her recent designation as a New York State Master Teacher, she’ll be able to continue that passion.

Stefanie Loomis headshot

November 10, 2017

Catskill Educator Named NY State Master Teacher

Catskill High School chemistry and physics teacher Stefanie Loomis has been named one of New York state’s Master Teachers

Suemarie Simpson MTP

November 9, 2017

Herkimer Educator Suemarie Simpson named to Master Teacher program

After nearly two decades teaching chemistry and eighth-grade science at Herkimer teacher Suemarie Simpson still enjoys that “‘aha’ moment when students make a connection.”

Katherine Carretto and Tanya Ross MTP

October 31, 2017

Alfred-Almond’s Carretto and Hornell’s Ross Named to NYS Master Teachers

Two area teachers, one from Alfred-Almond and one from Hornell City Schools, have been designated NYS Master Teachers. Katherine Carretto, Alfred-Almond Regents-level science teacher, and Tanya Ross, seventh-grade science teacher at Hornell City Schools, were among 214 educators from across the state to join the NYSMTP.

Patrick Crawford MTP

October 27, 2017

Auburn Teacher Named Master Teacher

New York State has named 214 master teachers to the NYSMTP, and Auburn High School science teacher, Patrick Crawford, is one of them. Crawford, who teaches AP Biology and Biomedical Science, joins three other Auburn HS science teachers – Kathleen Austin, Judith Coye, and Janet Scheffler – currently in the program.

Kristina Johnson SUNY Chancellor

October 23, 2017

SUNY Chancellor Names 2017 Master Teachers

SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson honors new Master Teachers as educators "who are dedicated to their craft, act as leaders for colleagues and other industry professionals, and incite passion for STEM learning for their students".

Greene County NY Seal

October 23, 2017

Two Greene County STEM Educators Named NYS Master Teachers

While the population of Greene County makes up 0.2% of New York State, our High School STEM Educators represent nearly 1% of New York State Master Teachers.

Justin Haviland MTP

October 20, 2017

Troy High Teacher Named Master Teacher

“Mr. Haviland is a great teacher and coach, and an integral part of the Troy High community,” said Troy High School Principal Joseph Mariano. Most of all, Justin is committed to advancing his craft by continually spending his summers participating in various research programs offered throughout the area.”

Ithaca ICSD 6000 Thinkers Logo

October 19, 2017

5 Ithaca Teachers Accepted into the New York State Master Teacher Program

Five teachers in Ithaca were added to the New York State Master Teacher Program this week.

Master Teacher at Whiteboard giving lecture

October 19, 2017

15 Oneida County Educators Named as NYS Master Teachers

Governor and SUNY Chancellor announce 15 Mohawk Valley region educators’ acceptance to the NYS Master Teacher Program: A. Boyd, J. Bradley, C. Calenzo, R. Calenzo, S. Douglass, M. Dunn, M. Eramo, P. J

NYS Master Teacher logo

October 18, 2017

6 Mid-Hudson Educators Named NYS Master Teachers

Governor announces new Mid-Hudson region Master Teachers Alonge-Watz, Belfiore, Castellano, Czechowski, Dorritie, Glancey, Hertzog, Li, Murphy, Whittaker, and Zollner.

Bridget DeMarse headshot

October 18, 2017

A Passion for Teaching

Bridget DeMarse, NYS Master Teacher from the North Country Region, shares good advice for those interested in entering the field of education.

Stony Brook University campus sign

October 18, 2017

11 Island Instructors Join New York’s ‘Master’ Ranks

The New York State Master Teacher Program welcomes a host of new STEM Teachers, including 11 representing Long Island school districts.

Brian Perry with Bill Nye

October 5, 2017

Flying to Success As a Master Teacher

When it comes to difference-makers in the classroom, the New York State Master Teachers are some of the best of the best in STEM education.

Master Teachers at table during workshop

May 3, 2015

NY Master Teacher Program Recognizes Top Teachers in the State

Program pools knowledge statewide.

Southern Tier Master Teacher

November 14, 2014

Meet the Southern Tier’s Master Teachers

Meet the first twenty-three teachers identified as NYS Master Teachers across New York’s Southern Tier when the New York State Master Teacher Program launched in 2014.

 

The application deadline was 11:59pm, February 22, 2020.

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