One third of the new Master Teachers announced are elementary teachers, expanding the network of outstanding teacher-leaders to include K-12 STEM educators. These educators will join the network of Master Teachers created in 2013, bringing the total number of Master Teachers across New York State to 980.
The latest group of teachers include nine from local districts in Southern Chautauqua County:
- Milissa Albano – Southwestern School District
- Tim Cook – Sherman Central School District
- Paula Ferneza – Frewsburg School District
- Adam Gollwitzer – Chautauqua Lake Central School District
- Tessa Johnson – Bemus Point Central School District
- Jennifer Lumia – Jamestown Public Schools
- Linda Morton – Bemus Point Central School District
- Mary Plumb – Falconer School District
- Timothy Shrout – Bemus Point Central School District
All Master Teachers are active beyond their classrooms, serving as curriculum department leaders or on district and state-level committees. They are also sponsors of Science Olympiad competitions, school gardens, Robotics teams, Coding Clubs, community service organizations as well as coaches, and PTA members. The Master Teachers hold leadership roles in New York State STEM professional associations, and many have received awards and public recognition for their teaching from their peers and communities.