Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the selection of 275 educators to join the New York State Master Teacher program. Wayne Central School District is home to three of them: Melissa Edwards, high school math; Daniel Liseno, middle school science; and Jeffrey Ugine, high school science.
These educators will join the network of Master Teachers created in 2013, bringing the total number to 980.
“Education is the cornerstone to success, and it is the brilliant, dedicated teachers in New York who make a difference in countless lives and inspire the leaders of tomorrow,” Cuomo said. “Congratulations to the 275 newest members of the Master Teacher program, who will join the ranks of the top educators in the state as they work to further their skills and their impact on students in every corner of this great state.”
“Teachers dedicate their lives to educating our youth, and inspiring them to succeed inside and outside the classroom,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “I congratulate the 275 teachers who will join the New York State Master Teacher program for their invaluable leadership and skills in STEM education. The Master Teacher program continues to expand, recognizing their growth and commitment to educating students in the STEM fields of the future.”
The 275 Master Teachers are dedicated professionals who teach science, technology, computer science, robotics, coding, engineering and math courses across grades K-12, including Advanced Placement, honors, Regents and International Baccalaureate levels.
The selected Master Teachers have taught an average of 15 years. Over 76 percent have been in the classroom for 10 or more years, and 22 percent have taught for more than 20 years. The 275 Master Teachers represent 160 school districts.
All Master Teachers are active beyond their classrooms, serving as curriculum department leaders or on district- and state-level committees. They are sponsors of Science Olympiad competitions, school gardens, Robotics teams, coding clubs and community service organizations, as well as coaches and PTA members. The Master Teachers hold leadership roles in state STEM professional associations, and many received awards and public recognition for their teaching from their peers and communities.
Throughout their four-year participation in the program, Master Teachers receive a $15,000 annual stipend, engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year, work with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers, attend required regional cohort meetings, and participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year.
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