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Editorial: Collaborative Excellence

In the inaugural year of its “master teachers” program, New York State, in partnership with SUNY schools, has honored a total of 319 science, math and technology teachers—including 42 on Long Island—with the Master Teacher designation. Congratulations to Mary Blondrage and Jason Gutlaizer of the Sewanhaka High School District. These star educators will become peer mentors, sharing their techniques through seminars, workshops and one-on-ones with other teachers—especially the newest ones.

 

Master Teachers show excellence not only in subject matter and teaching, but also by cultivating thorough understanding of the students and the community in supporting STEM studies. Many people may not be aware of this program and its $60,000 four-year fellowship. Citizens can nominate a teacher for the spring cohort (and teachers can sign up for email notification when applications open) at www.suny.edu/masterteacher/. We have no doubt that in coming years we will see more Sewanhaka, New Hyde Park and Herricks teachers earn the title.