Congratulations to JFS science teacher Ken Lyman on being selected to the New York State Master Teachers program. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on Oct. 2. Lyman is among 275 K-12 educators selected to the program this year.
The Master Teacher Program is a network of the top secondary STEM educators in the state. They perform at the highest level in their profession in science, technology, engineering and math. To be eligible for the program, a teacher must be certified with at least four-years of teaching experience, must teach STEM content, and be rated “effective” or “highly effective” on the Annual Professional Performance Review.
Lyman was named to the program after completing an application, a content specific test, and submitting a resume and letters of recommendation. Once selected to move on in the process, he was invited to Binghamton University where he made a presentation to his peers on key aspects of what we have to look for to determine if there life on other planets. It included ways of finding exoplanets (a planet which orbits a star outside the solar system), the evidence for the planets distance from its star and the biosignature molecules that we would have to find through spectral analysis.
A reflective essay, and interview with educators in higher education and retired STEM teachers, followed.
Lyman said, “I think the Master Teacher program is excellent for exposure to all sorts of professional development, much of which can be directly applied to my classroom, giving students enhanced learning opportunities.”
For their four-year participation in the program, Master Teachers receive an annual stipend, engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year, work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers, and attend required regional cohort meetings, and participate in, and lead, several professional development sessions each year.