Governor Andrew Cuomo added 215 New York State teachers to the 104 Master Teachers chosen for the program in October of last year. The list is part of an on-going effort to provide a first-rate learning experience for students and to continue attracting the brightest and the best to the state’s current Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) classrooms. This information was shared with the public in an open letter from Cuomo listing the teachers chosen for the program and explaining the awards received by the educators.
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. The Master Teachers already fulfill various leadership roles within their school districts—such as department chairs, curriculum development leaders, and STEM club sponsors—and contribute to their communities as active members of professional associations, technology innovators, and athletics coaches.
STEM is an education collaborative begun in 2009 which strives to become a statewide and national model.
In May of 2013, President Barack Obama announced a 5-year program designed to develop strategies which would increase the quality and rigorousness of the science , technology, engineering, and math curricula. Governor Cuomo stated in his announcement letter that “investment in teachers is an investment in our students”. Educators chosen to be a part of the Master Teachers program:
- receive a stipend of $15,000 each year for four years
- take part in peer-mentoring
- engage in content-oriented professional development
- work with new teachers in order to establish support for future STEM classroom educators
- attend regular meetings with their cohorts throughout the year
- lead and take part in professional development opportunities during the year
In August, all master teachers will participate in the first annual Master Teacher professional development conference, “New York State Master Teachers: Inspiring the Next Generation of STEM Leaders.” Cuomo encourages state teachers to apply for the STEM Master Teacher Program in the upcoming third cycle of selection. In addition, classroom STEM teachers will have available to them an Educative Collaborative Institute at Alfred State SUNY College of Technology in July of this year.