December 14, 2016
New Hartford Teachers Eileen Roth and Kathryn Silvestri Selected by New York State as Master Teachers
Two New Hartford Senior High teachers were honored at the regular meeting of the New Hartford Central School Board of Education on December 13, 2016. Mathematics teacher Mrs. Eileen Roth and Science Teacher Mrs. Kathryn Silvestri were both recognized for their selection as a 2016 New York State “Master Teacher.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the selection of approximately 80 teachers from across New York State to participate in the latest cohort of Master Teachers. All teachers selected have demonstrated expertise in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Master teachers are expected to offer peer mentoring and professional development assistance to colleagues.
“I am honored to have been chosen as a New York State Master Teacher,” Roth states. “This exciting opportunity will allow me to collaborate with professionals from across the state to deepen my content and pedagogical knowledge and inspire more students to pursue careers in STEM.”
Master Teachers will mentor new teachers and peers, and meet with educators from around New York to consider common instructional challenges. In addition, Master Teachers will guide curriculum development and participate in ongoing professional development programs. “I'm looking forward to collaborating with other Master Teachers from our surrounding area with the expectation of learning and developing new instructional techniques,” Silvestri says, “ones that will allow my students to expand their breadth of knowledge in science.”
Mrs. Roth currently teaches Algebra 2 and Precalculus, and began her teaching career at New Hartford Senior High thirteen years ago. Roth studied at SUNY Geneseo, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in reading education. Mrs. Silvestri currently teaches Forensic Science and Advanced Placement Chemistry at New Hartford, where she has been teaching since 2007. Mrs. Silvestri earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook.
Roth and Silvestri will serve for a four-year term as part of the Mohawk Valley Master Teacher cohort based in SUNY Oneonta, and will qualify to receive an annual stipend from SUNY totaling $15,000.
Robert J. Nole
Superintendent of Schools