More than 100 upstate New York teachers, including six from Cayuga County, will get an opportunity to master their craft thanks to a new state program.
The first group of New York State Master Teachers was unveiled Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The collection of 105 educators will each receive a $15,000 stipend per year for four years and participate in peer mentoring and professional development. Fellows in the Master Teachers program will also work with new and prospective teachers to help support their development.
"I am pleased to welcome New York’s inaugural group of Master Teachers which brings together 105 of the most qualified math and science educators from four regions of the state," Cuomo said Tuesday.
"As part of our efforts to build a world-class education system in New York, the Master Teachers program will allow this first group of talented teachers to assist their peers in the classroom, further develop their own expertise, and enhance the overall learning experience of our students for years to come. I congratulate them and encourage educators from the remaining six regions to apply next month."
The first round of the program was limited to four regions, including central New York. Each region is paired with a SUNY institution. Central New York's partner is SUNY Cortland. Other schools, including Binghamton University and SUNY Oneonta, are partners in their respective regions.
Thirty-six central New York teachers were selected to participate in the Master Teachers program, including six educators from Cayuga County.
Janet Scheffler was the only selection from the Auburn Enlarged City School District. Three teachers from Moravia — Bridgit Johnson, Tisha Riley and Michelle VanEtten — and two from the Southern Cayuga School District — Ashley Houseknecht and Carl Scheffler — were also named Master Teachers fellows.
Cuomo announced the launch of the Master Teachers program in May. The program is modeled after Math for America's master teachers program. The state started accepting applications for the first round of the Master Teachers program in July.
The first round of the application process was limited to educators in central New York, mid-Hudson, North Country and western New York. The second round will open up the process to the entire state. The application period will begin Nov. 1. Interested teachers can apply at suny.edu/masterteacher.
The deadline for applications is Jan. 3, 2014. The final selections will be announced in the spring.