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2018-10-10 / Education

Six Clarence teachers selected for state Master Teacher Program

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the selection of 275 educators from across the state to join the New York State Master Teacher Program.

One third of the new Master Teachers announced are elementary teachers, expanding the network of outstanding teacher-leaders to include K-12 STEM educators. These educators will join the network of Master Teachers created in 2013, bringing the total number of Master Teachers across the state to 980.

Six teachers from the Clarence Central School District were selected for the program:

Jennifer Ayers

Kelly Goliszek

Michelle Layer

Kathleen Sugg

Pamela Urbanek

Deborah Wehrlin

“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.

The incoming group of Master Teachers includes 40 teachers with multiple teaching certifications, 10 teachers certified in special education and 14 teachers certified in technology education who are offering various courses in computer science and technology.

“I’m delighted to see that New York’s Master Teacher Program has now grown to include teachers who work with our youngest students,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “These teachers lay the groundwork for a lifelong love of science and technology. SUNY is proud to host the Master Teacher Program on our campuses and look forward to the continued partnerships between university faculty and our state’s best STEM educators.”

All Master Teachers are active beyond their classrooms, serving as curriculum department leaders or on district and state-level committees. They are also sponsors of Science Olympiad competitions, school gardens, robotics teams, coding clubs, community service organizations as well as coaches, and PTA members. The Master Teachers hold leadership roles in New York State STEM professional associations, and many have received awards and public recognition for their teaching from their peers and communities.

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