MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Gov. Cuomo has announced the selection of Mahopac High School living environment teacher Tricia Fuller-Johnson, along with 228 other educators from across the state, to join the New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP) in partnership with the State University of New York and Math for America.  Fuller-Johnson has been a teacher with Mahopac High School for more than a decade and a science educator for more than two decades. 

In an effort to strengthen the state’s K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, the NYSMTP honors the work of the highest-performing STEM teachers by establishing an expert community dedicated to developing expertise in teaching science, technology, computer science, robotics, coding, engineering, and math courses across grades K-12, including advanced placement, honors, Regents and international baccalaureate levels. These educators will join the network of Master Teachers created in 2013, bringing the total number of Master Teachers across New York State to 1,200.

"I salute these brilliant and dedicated teachers who have made an incredible, lasting impact on New York's future leaders," Cuomo said. "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."

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

■ Receive a $15,000 stipend annually
■ 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 regional cohort meetings, participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year

 Article courtesy of Mahopac Central School District