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Four Amherst CSD Teachers Named Master Teachers by SUNY

Four teachers from the Amherst Central School District were named New York State Master Teachers by the State University of New York. It is the highest number from any single district statewide this year. 


Named to the 2018 cohort of Master Teachers are Erik Zobel, a physics teacher at Amherst Central High School; Kristen Shouldice, a second-grade teacher at Windermere Boulevard Elementary School; Jill Zobel and Jamie Cinelli, both kindergarten teachers at Smallwood Drive Elementary School. They join Stephanie Reddien, a math teacher at Amherst Central High School, and Nancy Claxton, a science teacher at Amherst Middle School, on the list of ACSD Master Teachers.


The master teacher program is a state-wide professional network of outstanding STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) teachers. As part of the Western New York network, the 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.


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.


Pictured left to right: Erik Zobel, Jill Zobel, Jamie Cinelli, Kristen Shouldice

Erik Zobel       Jill Zobel        Jamie Cinelli       Kristen Shouldice