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Auburn Teacher Named Master Teacher
New York State has named 214 master teachers to the New York State Master Teachers Program (NYSMTP), and Auburn High School science teacher, Patrick Crawford, is one of them.

The NYSMTP began in 2013 and has named 908 master teachers since its inception. New York State Master Teachers are innovators and leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.

Crawford, who teaches AP Biology and Biomedical Science, joins three other Auburn High School science teachers – Kathleen Austin, Judith Coye, and Janet Scheffler – currently in the program.

As part of the program, master teachers receive $15,000 stipends each year over four years to use toward professional development and peer mentoring. They must participate in a minimum of 50 professional development hours each year.

“It is obviously an honor to be selected as a master teacher,” Crawford said.

“I am looking forward to taking advantage of professional development opportunities that I have not been able to in the past, as well as the chance to collaborate with other teachers and learn from one another, all while promoting the STEM field.”

Crawford will attend a new master teacher reception and welcome dinner in December, but the program will officially start January 1, and master teachers from the Central New York region will meet monthly thereafter.