• General Brown educator and board member both named to prestigious Master Teacher Program

    Two members of the General Brown Central School District have been named to the New York State Master Teacher Program.

    On Sept. 27, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Susan Menapace, a seventh-grade math teacher and General Brown’s first educator to be selected for the program, and Natalie Hurley, a GB Board of Education member and Indian River Central School District math and academic intervention services teacher, were both accepted into the four-year program. 

    The Master Teacher program engages participants in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities, including regional cohort meetings in which the teachers participate in, and lead, several professional development sessions annually.

    “We are truly lucky to have these two individuals as part of our school community so our students and staff, and ultimately our greater community, can benefit from their expertise,” Superintendent Barbara Case said. “They give of themselves inside and outside of the classroom, supporting students and our district, and we are pleased that they have this opportunity.”

    The state selected 228 educators representing 129 school districts to join the prestigious program. 

    "I salute these brilliant and dedicated teachers who have made an incredible, lasting impact on New York's future leaders," Cuomo said in a news release. "These 228 new members of the Master Teacher Program will join the ranks of the state's top educators, a group who strive every day to enrich and expand the horizons of countless students in every corner of the Empire State."

    In 2013, Cuomo, in partnership with The State University of New York and Math for America, created the Master Teacher Program. Through a rigorous application and selection process, the program highlights teachers across the state who are focused on continued growth in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, according to the state’s Master Teacher website. The program develops teachers’ knowledge across three domains: content; pedagogy; and students, their families and their communities.

    The Master Teacher Program is split into nine regions and hosted at a SUNY campus to leverage the expertise of the university's faculty and existing educator preparation programs, according to the state. The North Country Region, which includes General Brown, is hosted at SUNY Plattsburgh. 

    Throughout their four-year participation in the program, Master Teachers:

    • Receive a $15,000 stipend annually;
    • Engage in peer mentoring and content-oriented professional development;
    • Work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers; and
    • Attend required regional meetings at their SUNY campus, participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year.

    To learn more about Susan Menapace and Natalie Hurley, check out their biographies on the New York State Master Teacher web page