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Christopher Kensy Named to New York State Master Teacher Program

teacher stands in hallwayChristopher Kensy, an Amherst Central High School algebra teacher, has been selected to participate in the New York State Master Teacher Program, Western Region, by the State University of New York. He becomes the 10th ACSD faculty member to be selected for this state-wide professional network of outstanding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers.

Kensy is in his 15th year at the high school and teaches algebra, integrated algebra and algebra 2, primarily to freshmen and juniors.

While in the Master Teacher Program, I will attend many different professional development sessions,” he said. “These will provide me with numerous ideas of lessons and review activities that I will be able to integrate into my daily lessons and reach all different types of learners. What interests me most is being able to learn from and discuss ideas with educators from all over the state.”

The Master Teachers program was created in 2013 and there are a total of 1,400 NYS Master Teachers across the state. As part of the Western New York network, new master teachers will work with other master teachers from local school districts and future teachers studying at Buffalo State College to develop and share STEM content knowledge. Master Teachers are the highest-performing STEM teachers who join together as an expert community dedicated to developing one another's expertise in the areas of content, pedagogy, and students’ families and communities.

Other Amherst CSD faculty in the Master Teacher Program are Amy Sorrentino, an Algebra 2 Regents and Precalculus Regents teacher at Amherst Central High School; Erik Zobel, a physics teacher at Amherst Central High School; Krista Jones, an eighth-grade math and Algebra Honors teacher at Amherst Middle School; Nancy Claxton, a seventh-grade science teacher at Amherst Middle School; Kristen Shouldice, a second-grade teacher at Windermere Boulevard Elementary School; Lori Chittenden, a first-second grade teacher at Smallwood Drive Elementary School; Jill Zobel, kindergarten teacher at Smallwood Drive Elementary School; and Jamie Cinelli, kindergarten teacher at Smallwood Drive Elementary School. Stephanie Reddien, a math teacher at Amherst Central High School, is a Master Teacher Emeritus. 

Chosen through an intensive selection process, the program requires a four-year commitment in addition to their classroom teaching responsibilities. Through cohort meetings, various workshops and summer programs, the master teachers collaborate to bring content and instructional best practices back to their ACSD classrooms, to mentor education majors at Buffalo State and to inspire Amherst CSD students to consider teaching as a career choice.