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April 18, 2014

Area educators picked for state's Master Teacher partnerships

SUNY Oneonta was well-represented in the recent group of 215 school educators Gov. Andrew Cuomo named to the state Master Teacher program.

Working along with the 104 previously chosen, the new group will help improve teaching in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in area schools, according to a media release. Nineteen are partnering with the State University College at Oneonta.

“Investing in our teachers is investing in our students, and I am pleased to welcome and congratulate 215 additional outstanding teachers to this program, who have already proven to be some of the highest-performing professionals in their field,” Cuomo said. The program creates a community of experts dedicated to providing a first-rate learning experience for students and contributes to efforts to attract and retain “the best and the brightest” in our STEM classrooms, Cuomo said.

Each grade 6-12 teacher will receive a $15,000 stipend per year over four years for participation in the program, engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year, work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers, and attend required regular group meetings and participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said: “The Master Teacher Program allows for our brightest STEM educators to share their experience and knowledge with their colleagues, furthering student success and helping to improve college readiness across the state. The program complements the newly established STEM scholarship program that will provide full tuition scholarships to any SUNY college or university to the state’s best high school graduates if they pursue a STEM career and work in the state for for five years.

Those partnering with SUNY Oneonta and their school districts are:

Theresa Billington, Cobleskill-Richmondville; Heather Buskirk, Johnstown; Abigail Costello, Unatego; Audrey Cucci, Frankfort-Schuyler; Frank DuRoss Jr., New Hartford; JoAnn Fredette, Schenevus; Sarah Gates, New York Mills; Ralph Greco, Whitesboro; Krista Harwick, Ilion; Deborah Kiskiel, Sherrill; Jon Krawiec, Waterville; Jakob Lutke, Mohawk; Dwight Putnam, Jr., Whitesboro; Cory Raner, Oneonta; Erika Robert, Schoharie; Daniel Seigers, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton; Stacey Smith, Holland Patent; Tracy Smith, Cobleskill-Richmondville; Anita Stabrowski, Broadalbin-Perth.

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