Two Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School educators have been named Master Teachers as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York State Master Teacher Program.
Special education science teacher Jean Ann Crespo joined the ranks in December 2016 and this month, mathematics teacher Nicholas Lorenzen joined the 908 educators across New York State who teach science, technology, engineering, and math courses including advanced placement, honors, Regents and International Baccalaureate levels. Crespo and Lorenzen have both been teachers at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School for the past 10 years.
All Master Teachers are active beyond their classrooms, serving as curriculum department leaders or on district committees. The Master Teachers hold leadership roles in New York State STEM professional associations, and many have received awards and public recognition for their teaching from their peers and communities.
During 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; and attend required regional cohort meetings, participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year.