Geneseo is serving as the Finger Lakes Region’s host campus for the New York State Master Teacher Program, which was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo through the SUNY system to identify, reward and support master science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educators throughout the state. The program prepares them to be professional mentors and content experts to further develop outstanding educators and inspire future teachers.
Geneseo will be involved with the second cohort of teachers seeking entry into the program. In the round 1 selection process, 104 high school teachers were selected from four regions. The Finger Lakes Region is among the six additional regions that are part of round 2, which could add as many as 550 teachers throughout New York to the program. Host campuses will coordinate master teacher programming but might include opportunities available through other host campuses.
“We are opening up this initiative to outstanding teachers from all 10 regions of the state who go beyond their basic duties to help their students succeed,” said Cuomo. “By enhancing the work of our teachers, we can help our students thrive in the classroom and be competitive in the workforce. I encourage high performing teachers from all across the state to apply to this second round today.”
Master teachers are selected through a review and interview process and are expected to commit to four years in the program. They receive $15,000 per year.
“We are looking forward to providing support in the Finger Lakes Region for this important program to strengthen STEM education,” said Anjoo Sikka, dean of Geneseo’s Ella Cline Shear School of Education. “The need for outstanding STEM educators is tremendous, and our faculty and staff are poised to provide strong guidance to help participants succeed in their own professional development as well as in the support they can provide to other teachers.”