Eight master teachers lauded in Rome

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Eight teachers who are part of the New York State Master Teacher program are being
recognized by the Rome school district.

Director of Fine Arts and Engineering Technology Andrea Falvo is working closely with them in conjunction with Mohawk Valley EDGE and the Air Force Research Laboratory to bring community-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) opportunities, the
district said this week.

“I’m very proud to be working with such an outstanding group of professionals and lifelong learners who are dedicated to improving educational experiences for their students and the community,” said Falvo.

Three of the teachers are in their second year in the program, including Melissa Richardson, a math teacher at Rome Free Academy; Anthony Spado, a science teacher at RFA; Megan Spado, a science teacher at Strough Middle School. The other teachers are in their first year in the program, including RFA science teachers Salvatore Carollo, Christine Calogero, and Lynne Duffy; Kayla Foster, a math teacher at RFA; Chrstina Steurrys, a science teacher at Strough.

The New York State Master Teacher program celebrates the work of the highest-performing STEM teachers by establishing an expert community dedicated to developing expertise in the areas of content, pedagogy, and students’ families and communities. Becoming a master teacher requires four-year participation in the program, the school district noted.

During their participation, the state has said, teachers receive a $15,000 stipend annually; engage in peer mentoring and content-oriented professional development opportunities; work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment; and lead several professional development sessions each year.

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