Governor Cuomo Names Five SCSD Educators as Master Teachers

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Five teachers from the Syracuse City School District were named “master teachers” by Governor Cuomo and will join the inaugural class of “master teachers” chosen in 2013.  There are a total of 319 educators in the program now from all across the State.
 
Naomi Ali (Nottingham High School), Julie Sherman-Fogu (Fowler High School), Ann Marie Furcinito (Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central), Suzanne DeTore-Wilsey (Fowler) and Jason Williams (Corcoran) were selected out of the Central New York region.  The five science educators comprise the largest contingent from one school district in the CNY region.
 
“It is exciting to have our very own science educators recognized with this distinction as ‘master teachers’,” said Superintendent Sharon Contreras.  “The professional development that these teachers will be participating in will help them continue to excel in the classroom as educators while serving as mentors to pre-service and early career STEM teachers.  This program will enable us to grow from within some of the best and brightest STEM educators in the nation,” added Contreras.
 
Each of the selected “master teachers” had to submit an application which included their resume, a personal statement and 3 letters of recommendation (administrator, co-worker and former student).  In addition they had to take the Praxis II (a content exam).  After the initial application process, the finalists went to a full-day interview at SUNY Cortland where they had to give a presentation, have a personal interview and complete an on-demand essay.  In the Central New York Region there were 41 finalists selected to participate in the full-day interviews at SUNY Cortland with only 27 chosen for the prestigious distinction.
 
The five “master teachers” will have to attend a minimum of 50 hours of professional development (scheduled outside the school day in the evening and weekends) each year for the next four years.  The PD will focus on STEM content skills and incorporating them into the classroom.  In addition to the PD they will attend required regular cohort meetings and participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year. They will work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers as well.  The “master teachers” will each receive a $15,000 a year stipend over the next four years.