2018 Master Teachers!
Congratulations to High School teachers Joy Warner (math) and Sean Keenan (technology), and Middle School teacher Julie Erb (special education/math), on being named New York State Master Teachers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on Oct. 2. These Spartans are among 275 K-12 educators selected to the program this year.
The Master Teacher Program is a network of the top secondary STEM educators in the state. They perform at the highest level in their profession in science, technology, engineering and math. To be eligible for the program, a teacher must be certified with at least four-years of teaching experience, must teach STEM content, and be rated “effective” or “highly effective” on the Annual Professional Performance Review.
Warner, Keenan and Erb were named a Master Teacher, after completing an application, completing a content specific test, and submitting a resume and letters of recommendation. Once selected to move on in the process, the candidates were invited to Binghamton University. There they made a presentation to their peers on a topic of interest to them. Warner presented on logarithms in the real world, Keenan presented about artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on society, and Erb presented on how math relates to the development of prosthetic legs. A reflective essay, and interview with educators in higher education and retired STEM teachers, followed.
For their four-year participation in the program, Master Teachers receive an annual stipend, 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 regional cohort meetings, and participate in, and lead, several professional development sessions each year.
All three teachers say they feel honored to be chosen a NYS Master Teacher.
“I feel valued as a special education teacher, and that the state recognizes the importance of bringing more STEM knowledge to all of our students,” said Erb who is the MS 8:1:1 teacher. “I am looking forward to learning more about STEM, sharing ideas and lessons with other teachers and being able to bring ideas back to my classroom to share with my students.”
“I am really looking forward to the opportunity to collaborate with peers from around the state to learn ways to improve my best classroom practices, share ideas that have worked for me throughout my years of teaching, and bring fresh new ideas to the Maine-Endwell school district,” said Warner.
“I look forward to attending the multiple, targeted professional development activities to better hone my craft,” said Keenan. “These events, along with interactions with peers, will help keep me current on the latest developments in both instructional method and emerging STEM technologies.”
Congratulations Master Teachers! We are proud to call you Spartans!