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A Tribute to a Master Teacher Mentor

Capital Region Master Teacher Annette Sebuyira

December 18, 2018

NYS Master Teachers demonstrate excellence in their STEM teaching, inspiring the K-12 students with whom they work; but they also enhance the quality of STEM education for many other students across the state as they share their expertise with novice teachers.

Read this tribute to Capital Region Master Teacher Annette Sebuyira written by a colleague she mentored during the challenging early years of his career as green chemistry teacher.

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Program Announcements

Hannah Davis pic

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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Jessica and female students in forensic class pic

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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Master Teachers working on Lab

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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Master Teachers learning and laughing

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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Melissa T holding mic

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.

Program Highlights

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 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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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.

We are not currently accepting applications, but encourage all prospective applicants to review the information about the selection process on the APPLY page. Prospective applicants may choose to take the Praxis content exam, as per the NYS Master Teacher Program Praxis Guide, prior to the next application cycle, and are also welcome to send official undergraduate and graduate transcripts to the NYS Master Teacher Program for a future application. Please contact for assistance with address/email for transcripts.

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