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Three Teachers Named as 2019 Master Teachers

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Three teachers from the Amherst Central School District were named New York State Master Teachers by the State University of New York. 

Named to the 2019 cohort of Master Teachers are: (pictured left to right)

  • Lori Chittenden, a first-second grade teacher at Smallwood Drive Elementary School
  • Amy Sorrentino, an Algebra 2 Regents and Precalculus Regents teacher at Amherst Central High School
  • Krista Jones, an eighth-grade math and Algebra Honors teacher at Amherst Middle School 

They join Stephanie Reddien, a math teacher at Amherst Central High School; Nancy Claxton, a science teacher at Amherst Middle School, 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 on the list of Master Teachers from Amherst Central School District.


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.