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Five New Hartford Teachers among New York’s Master Teacher Class of 2019

October 11, 2019


Five New Hartford Teachers among New York’s Master Teacher Class of 2019


New Hartford, NY--When Bradley Elementary School fourth grade teacher Lisa Meyers learned that she would join four of her New Hartford Central School colleagues as part of New York State’s 2019 Class of Master Teachers, she was thrilled by the promise of both professional growth and the research opportunities that the program brings. 

Teachers Michael Amante (technology), Rose Mauro (science), Christine Raynard (elementary technology) and Gary Von Dauber (technology) fill out a New Hartford contingent that will unite with teachers from around New York to hone their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) expertise.

“I hope that I will gain knowledge of best practices and further my research regarding the correlation between mindfulness and STEM,” said Meyers.  “By gaining an understanding from experts across the state, I plan to share this new learning with my colleagues and students.” 

The five newly minted Master Teachers add to a total of fifteen New Hartford teachers in all to have earned New York State Master Teacher recognition.  The program began in 2013. All Master Teachers have proven expert skills in STEM and embody a unique cohort of dedicated educators. Master Teachers mentor new teachers and peers and meet with educators from around New York to tackle instructional challenges.  In addition, Master Teachers guide curriculum development and participate in ongoing professional development programs in their home districts and throughout the region. 

Elementary Technology teacher Christine Raynard is appreciative that New York has opened the Master Teacher program for the last two years to elementary teachers such as herself.  “Master Teacher is something I had been interested in for a while and was thrilled they opened the program up to Elementary School teachers because it’s a great opportunity to connect with and learn from some of the exceptional educators in our region,” said Raynard.

For Amante and Von Dauber, the road to Master Teacher has involved staying on the cutting edge of technology education.  They guide students in pre-engineering coursework from nationally-renowned Project Lead The Way as well as craft their own technology electives.  Amante is in his third year of teaching a course called Emerging Technologies. “We program drone flights and design virtual reality tours in Emerging Technologies,” said Amante. “The Master Teacher program will allow me to mentor teachers around New York who are looking to do the same, which will enrich my practice as well.” 

The opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of educators is one of the many aspects of the Master Teacher Program that excites Perry Junior High science teacher Rose Mauro.  "I feel honored to have been chosen as a New York State Master Teacher and consider myself a lifelong learner,” said Mauro, “and I look forward to the opportunities that will enhance my teaching, which in turn will benefit my students."