ITHACA, N.Y. — Five teachers in Ithaca were added to the New York State Master Teacher Program this week. The list recognizes K-12 educators who are passionate about teaching science, technology, engineering and math.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that 214 teachers were added to the Master Teachers list in New York, bringing the total number up to 908.

“I congratulate all 214 educators who have joined the program during this latest round, and look forward to their success as they continue to shape and inspire the next generation of Empire State leaders,” Cuomo said in a news release. “The Master Teacher Program has already recognized and supported the growth of more than 900 teachers across the state, and with the opening of the next round of applications, we look forward to honoring these outstanding STEM teachers.”

The program was launched by Gov. Cuomo in 2013 in partnership with the State University of New York and Math for America.

As part of the Master Teachers program, educators receive a $15,000 stipend annually, engage in peer mentoring and professional development opportunities and work with early-career teachers.

The teachers most recently recognized from Ithaca include:

  • Carrie Brindisi, a science teacher at Ithaca High School
  • Shaun Errichiello, a math teacher at Lehman Alternative Community School
  • Arti Jewett, a science teacher at Ithaca High School
  • Mark Nelson, a science teacher at Ithaca High School
  • David Streib, a science teacher at New Roots Charter School

The full list of teachers part of the Master Teachers program is available here.

Applications for the next round of the program are now being accepted. Learn more here.

Kelsey O'Connor

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