Three Shaker High School teachers have been selected as New York State Master Teachers, joining a cohort of a content-rich professional development program which has been in effect since the fall of 2013. These teachers join seven other North Colonie teachers who earned this award previously, bringing the district’s total number to ten.
Mark Kaercher, Math
Jessica Vaccaro-Piper, Biology
Jodie Kimbrough, Chemistry
Sarah Kowalski, Earth Science
Pam Rosi, Physics
Kelly Ryan, Biology
Elizabeth Carroll, 8th grade Math
“These awards are a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our teaching staff,” said Superintendent Joseph Corr. “We are fortunate to have an outstanding group of teachers in North Colonie who consistently focus on meeting the needs of students and improving and growing professionally throughout their careers.”
Master Teachers are representative of every region in the state, and go through an extensive application and interview process, take a content area test, submit written essays, and give presentations.
According to Governor Cuomo’s office, Master Teachers receive a $15,000 stipend per year over four years for participation in the program; engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year; work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers, and attend required regular cohort meetings and participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year.
In the end, the goal is to foster continued growth in STEM education.
“It’s especially nice to be able to work with teachers across New York State and talk to them about what they do in their classrooms.” –Jennifer Phillips, Shaker High School Biology and Forensic Science teacher
“It’s been exciting to get involved and meet other people who are excited and passionate about their subject and to share best practices in the classroom.” –Karen Wells, Shaker High School Math teacher
“It’s an honor to be part of a group of teachers who are really working together to share best practices and things that work. It’s nice to hear what other districts are doing and what is working and what is not working.” -Laura Grooten, Shaker High School Earth Science teacher