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Proud to Have 10 Master Teachers at Amherst CSD

Amherst has 10 faculty members who have been selected to participate in the New York State Master Teacher Program, Western Region, by the State University of New York. Being a master teacher is an honor and those selected become part of a state-wide professional network of outstanding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers.

Amherst CSD faculty in the Master Teacher Program are Christopher Kenzy, an algebra teacher at Amherst Central High School; 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.

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.