"[The group] brings together 105 of the most qualified math and science educators from four regions of the state," Cuomo said in a statement.
The New York State Master Teacher Program was established by Governor Cuomo to "identify, reward, and support master math and science teachers" throughout the state. Each regional program is paired with a SUNY campus to give participants additional content exposure.
"As part of our efforts to build a world-class education system in New York, the Master Teachers program will allow this first group of talented teachers to assist their peers in the classroom, further develop their own expertise, and enhance the overall learning experience of our students for years to come," Cuomo said.
Yorktown's Clinchy and Goldberg are among the first group of Master Teachers who have nearly 1,500 years of combined full-time teaching experience. The group is also comprised of 78 high school teachers, 21 middle school teachers, and 6 with dual responsibilities. Subjects of expertise include calculus, algebra, physics, earth science, chemistry, engineering design and development, and mechanics.
According to Cuomo's statement, Master Teacher Fellows will:
- Receive a $15,000 stipend per year over 4 years for participation in the program (total compensation of $60,000 per Fellow).
- Engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year.
- Work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers.
- Attend required regular cohort meetings, participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year, and participate in the training of pre-service and early career educators as part of the Master Teacher program.