Six Red Hook teachers have been named New York State Master Teachers.
They were among 215 STEM educators chosen from all 10 regions of the state to expand the cohort of new Master Teachers in New York to 319. The program began last year.
Selected were: Larra Agate, science teacher, and Beth Goldberg, AIS math teacher, from Linden Avenue Middle School; Deborah Beam, earth science teacher, Jason Pavlich and Janet Saltzman, both science teachers, and Yvonne Pierce, chemistry teacher, from Red Hook High School.
Of the new selections, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last week in a news release, “The Master Teacher Program creates a community of teacher experts dedicated to providing a first-rate learning experience for students across New York, and contributes to our efforts to attract and retain the best and the brightest in our STEM classrooms.”
He added, “Investing in our teachers is investing in our students, and I am pleased to welcome and congratulate 215 additional outstanding teachers to this program, who have already proven to be some of the highest-performing professionals in their field.”
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.
A third application cycle for the Master Teacher Program will take place this year. STEM teachers are encouraged to visit www.suny.edu/masterteacher for more information and to register to be notified when the online application is open.