Teachers From Homer and Cortland Join Master Teacher Program
The New York State Master Teachers program is expanding, 215 educators from across the the state have joined the program. The newest group of educators join 104 Master Teachers announced last fall.
Last year, Governor Cuomo announced high-performing science and math teachers would be chosen for the program to receive additional training and mentor new teachers and college students pursuing careers in education.
As an incentive to participate in training the state's next generation of teachers, Master Teachers receive a $15,000 per year stipend, they can earn up to $60 thousand dollars over four years. Two Cortland County teachers have joined the program.
Cortland's Carol Brafman and Homer's Robert Nasiatka have joined the program. Tully's Karrie Frey, Dryden's Travis Crocker, and Paul Wiech were also was selected.
The Master Teachers must engage in peer mentoring and intensive professional development opportunities throughout the academic year. They work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to encourage the next generation of STEM teachers. Master Teachers must attend regular meetings and participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year.
The newly named Master Teachers have over 2,700 years of combined full-time teaching experience. Subjects of expertise include calculus, algebra, physics, earth science, chemistry, engineering design and development, and genetics.
Out of the latest round, 62 of the Master Teachers are participating in the program at SUNY Cortland.