Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the selection of the first round of “master teachers,” but only one of the 21 selected from the North Country is from St. Lawrence County.
Majella LaRock of Brasher Falls Central School District was the only St. Lawrence County teacher to make the list.
A total of 105 educators were selected as part of the first wave of master teachers, with a second wave to be selected in the spring.
Master teachers will mentor peers and engage in content-oriented professional development, Cuomo said. They will also work closely with new teachers to create a “supportive environment,” he added. They will attend meetings, participate in and lead professional development sessions, and train new teaches.
The master teachers will receive $15,000 per year for four years for participating in the program.
The state master teacher program is designed to identify, reward, and support math and science teachers throughout the state.
Each regional program is paired with a SUNY campus to give participants access to additional content. The North Country master teachers are paired with SUNY Plattsburgh.
“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,” Cuomo said.
The first group of Master Teachers has nearly 1,500 years of combined full-time teaching experience and is comprised of 78 high school teachers, 21 middle school teachers, and six with dual responsibilities, according to Cuomo. The teachers specialize in subjects such as calculus, algebra, physics, earth science, chemistry, engineering design and development, and mechanics.
Applications for the second round will open Nov. 1 and can be submitted at www.suny.edu/MasterTeacher/.
For a full list of teachers selected in the first wave visit www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/MasterTeachers.pdf.